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Santa Cruz County, California

Santa Cruz County is located on the Pacific coast of the state of California. In the original act, the county was given the name of “Branciforte” after the Spanish pueblo founded there in 1797. Less than two months later, on April 5, 1850, the name was changed to “Santa Cruz” which means “Holy Cross”. The county seat is also Santa Cruz. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a population of approximately 262,382 and a total area of 607 square miles. It is the second-smallest county in California by land area and third-smallest by total area. Of all other California’s counties, only San Francisco is physically smaller.

California Rules of Court provide the Santa Cruz County residents with access to court records for viewing and duplication. Most court records can be viewed or duplicated by the public unless they are sealed by a judge.  Although rules of court encourage the use of electronic records, Santa Cruz works mostly with records that are not electronic at this time. To view records that are available online, visit court records. The website also has the fees applicable to duplicating court records. However, Santa Cruz County plans transition to more electronic records in 2016.

Court records for all case types may be viewed and duplicated by visiting the courthouse in person at 701 Ocean Street, Santa Cruz, CA 95060. However, family claims and small claims records must be viewed in Watsonville, at the courthouse at 1 Second Street, Watsonville, CA 95076. Office hours for both courthouses are 8:00 AM to 3:00 PM, Monday – Friday. The court operates public viewing rooms in both locations. Records that you wish to view or duplicate can be accessed through the two courthouses; the standard turnaround and availability of records can vary from a couple of days to several weeks depending on the records you request. You may also email (criminalrecords.information@santacruzcourt.org) or call the courthouse at (831) 420-2200/ (831) 786-7200 and make enquiries regarding court records.

Santa Cruz, CA Genealogy and Ancestry Records
Source: U.S. Census Bureau, USA Counties Data File Downloads
Total Ancestries Reported 2005-2009326,705
Persons Reporting Total Ancestry As - United States or American - 2005-20096,945
Persons Reporting Total Ancestry As - Arab - 2005-2009943
Persons Reporting Total Ancestry As - British - 2005-20092,441
Persons Reporting Total Ancestry As - Czech - 2005-20091,325
Persons Reporting Total Ancestry As - Danish - 2005-20092,982
Persons Reporting Total Ancestry As - Dutch - 2005-20094,775
Persons Reporting Total Ancestry As - English - 2005-200931,127
Persons Reporting Total Ancestry As - European - 2005-20095,526
Persons Reporting Total Ancestry As - French (except Basque) - 2005-20099,578
Persons Reporting Total Ancestry As - French Canadian - 2005-20091,579
Persons Reporting Total Ancestry As - German - 2005-200938,978
Persons Reporting Total Ancestry As - Greek - 2005-20091,370
Persons Reporting Total Ancestry As - Hungarian - 2005-20091,344
Persons Reporting Total Ancestry As - Irish - 2005-200931,114
Persons Reporting Total Ancestry As - Italian - 2005-200918,412
Persons Reporting Total Ancestry As - Lithuanian - 2005-2009487
Persons Reporting Total Ancestry As - Norwegian - 2005-20094,994
Persons Reporting Total Ancestry As - Polish - 2005-20094,673
Persons Reporting Total Ancestry As - Portuguese - 2005-20095,530
Persons Reporting Total Ancestry As - Russian - 2005-20095,165
Persons Reporting Total Ancestry As - Scotch-Irish - 2005-20095,156
Persons Reporting Total Ancestry As - Scottish - 2005-20099,411
Persons Reporting Total Ancestry As - Slovak - 2005-2009334
Persons Reporting Total Ancestry As - Subsaharan African - 2005-2009452
Persons Reporting Total Ancestry As - Swedish - 2005-20097,001
Persons Reporting Total Ancestry As - Swiss - 2005-20091,885
Persons Reporting Total Ancestry As - Ukrainian - 2005-2009552
Persons Reporting Total Ancestry As - Welsh - 2005-20092,514
Persons Reporting Total Ancestry As - West Indian (excluding Hispanic groups) - 2005-200960
Persons Reporting Total Ancestry As - Other Groups - 2005-2009106,187

Santa Cruz County Clerk
County Government Office

Address: 701 Ocean Street, Rm. 210 Santa Cruz, CA 95060
Phone: 831-454-2060

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