Del Norte County, California Genealogy

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Guide to Del Norte County, California ancestry, family history, and genealogy birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.

Del Norte County, California
Map of California highlighting Del Norte County
Location in the state of California, United States Genealogy
Map of the U.S. highlighting California
Location of California in the U.S.
Founded March 2, 1857
County Seat Crescent City
Address Del Norte County Courthouse]
981 H St;
Crescent City, CA 95531;
Phone 707.464.7204
Del Norte County Website

County Information[edit | edit source]

Del Norte County, California Record Dates[edit | edit source]

Known Beginning Dates for Major Records[1]
Birth* Marriage Death* Court Land Probate Census
1873 1873 1873 1848 1853 1848 1850
*Statewide registration for births and deaths started in 1905. General compliance by 1920.

County Courthouse[edit | edit source]

County Clerk has divorce, probate and court records from 1848;
County recorder has birth, marriage and death records from 1873,
land records from 1853, leases and agreements 1857-1954[2]

Historical Facts[edit | edit source]

Wikipedia has more about this subject: Del Norte County, California

Del Norte County (pronounced del-nort) sits in the far north west corner of California on the Pacific coast. Exploration by Europeans began with American explorer Jedediah Smith and it was organized into a county in 1857. Forests cover much of this rural territory.

Parent County[edit | edit source]

2 March 1857: Del Norte County was created from former Klamath County.
County seat: Crescent City [3]

Description[edit | edit source]

The county was named for signifying "the north" and the county derived its name from its geographical position in the extreme northwest corner of the state. The County Seat is Crescent City and was founded 1857. It is located in the North West area of the state. [4]

Boundary Changes[edit | edit source]

For animated maps illustrating California county boundary changes, "Rotating Formation California County Boundary Maps" (1850-1925) may be viewed for free at the website.

Records Loss[edit | edit source]

18 January 1948: Courthouse burned and many records were damaged. Some early records were destroyed.

Places/Localities[edit | edit source]

Populated Places[edit | edit source]

For a complete list of populated places, including small neighborhoods and suburbs, visit HomeTown Locator. The following are the most historically and genealogically relevant populated places in this county:[5]

Unincorporated communities
Native American communities
Census-designated places

Neighboring Counties[edit | edit source]

Resources[edit | edit source]

Bible Records[edit | edit source]

Biography[edit | edit source]

Cemeteries[edit | edit source]

Cemeteries of Del Norte, California online and in print
Tombstone Transcriptions Online
Tombstone Transcriptions in Print (Often more complete)
List of Cemeteries in the County
See California Cemeteries for more information

Census[edit | edit source]

Historical populations
Census Pop.
1860 1,993
1870 2,022 1.5%
1880 2,584 27.8%
1890 2,592 0.3%
1900 2,408 −7.1%
1910 2,417 0.4%
1920 2,759 14.1%
1930 4,739 71.8%
1940 4,745 0.1%
1950 8,078 70.2%
1960 17,771 120.0%
1970 14,580 −18.0%
1980 18,217 24.9%
1990 23,460 28.8%
2000 27,507 17.3%
2010 28,610 4.0%
Source: "".

For tips on accessing Del Norte County, California Genealogy census records online, see: California Census.

Church History and Records[edit | edit source]

Church records and the information they provide vary significantly depending on the denomination and the record keeper. They may contain information about members of the congregation, such as age, date of baptism, christening, or birth; marriage information and maiden names; and death date. For general information about California denominations, view the California Church Records wiki page.

List of Churches and Church Parishes

Court Records[edit | edit source]

Crime and Criminals[edit | edit source]

Directories[edit | edit source]

Ethnic, Political, or Religious Groups[edit | edit source]

Gazetteers[edit | edit source]

Genealogy[edit | edit source]

History[edit | edit source]

Local histories are available for Del Norte County, California Genealogy. County histories may include biographies, church, school and government history, and military information. For more information about local histories, see the Wiki page section California Local Histories.

Land and Property[edit | edit source]

Land and property records can place an ancestor in a particular location, provide economic information, and reveal family relationships. Land records include: deeds, abstracts and indexes, mortgages, leases, grants and land patents.

See California Land and Property for additional information about early California land grants. After land was transferred to private ownership, subsequent transactions were usually recorded at the county courthouse and where records are currently housed.

Maps[edit | edit source]

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Military History and Records[edit | edit source]

World War I[edit | edit source]
World War II[edit | edit source]

Migration[edit | edit source]

Naturalization and Citizenship[edit | edit source]

Newspapers[edit | edit source]

Additional newspapers abstracts can sometimes be found using search phrases such as Del Norte County, California Genealogy newspapers in online catalogs like:

Obituaries[edit | edit source]

Periodicals[edit | edit source]

Probate Records[edit | edit source]

The county clerk is usually the custodian of probate records. The records include wills, fee books, claim registers, legacy records, inheritance records, probate ticklers, and dockets.

Content: Probate Records may give the decedent's date of death, names of his or her spouse, children, parents, siblings, in-laws, neighbors, associates, relatives, and their place of residence.

You can obtain copies of the original probate records (such as wills and estate files) by writing to the county clerk at the county courthouse.

The FamilySearch Catalog lists films of probate records. To find the records for this county, use the Place Search for California - Del Norte - Probate records.

Online Probate Indexes and Records

Repositories[edit | edit source]

Archives, Libraries and Museums[edit | edit source]
County Courthouse[edit | edit source]

Family History Centers[edit | edit source]

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Local Centers and Affiliate Libraries

Societies[edit | edit source]

Del Norte County Historical Society and Museum:
Phone number:
(707) 464-3922.
Del Norte County Historical Society
577 H Street
Crescent City, CA 95331

The Battery Point Lighthouse Museum:
This is a lighthouse that houses a museum. The Lighthouse is located at the foot of A Street.
Phone number:
(707) 464-3922.
Mailing address:
Battery Point Lighthouse Museum
P.O. Box 535
Crescent City, CA 95331.

NorCal Genealogy Group
An e-mail list of genealogists researching northern California ancestors. Submit queries, answers, articles, and other genealogical information via E-Mail. This is a helpful, no-fee group. NORCAL Genealogy Index
To subscribe, send an email to: with the word SUBSCRIBE in the subject line and body text If you have any problems subscribing (but ONLY if you have problems), contact: Yvonne Bowers at

California Historical Society
(415)357-1848 voice
(415)357-1850 fax
678 Mission Street
San Francisco, CA 94105

Taxation[edit | edit source]

California tax records complement land records and can supplement the years between censuses. There may be gaps of several years in the tax records of some counties. For more information, see the wiki page California Taxation.

Vital Records[edit | edit source]

Vital Records consist of births, adoptions, marriages, divorces, and deaths recorded on registers, certificates, and documents. See the CDC Where to Write website for information on acquiring copies of these records. The State office has records since July 1905. For earlier records, contact the County Recorder. See also How to order California Vital Records

Birth[edit | edit source]
Marriage[edit | edit source]
Divorce[edit | edit source]
Death[edit | edit source]

Voting Registers[edit | edit source]

Genealogy Societies, Archives and Libraries[edit | edit source]

Del Norte County Historical Society
577 “H” Street
Crescent City, CA 95531

Websites[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Del Norte County, California. Page 84-88 At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002; Alice Eichholz, ed. Ancestry’s Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources, Third ed. (Provo, Utah: Ancestry, 2004), 81-83.
  2. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Del Norte County, California. Page 84 At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  3. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).
  4. Genealogy Trails History Group, “Del Norte County, California Genealogy and History”, 5/01/2017.
  5. Wikipedia contributors, "Del Norte County, California," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia,,_California, accessed 12 September 2019.