Napa County, California Genealogy

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

Napa County, California
Map of California highlighting Napa 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 February 18, 1850
County Seat Napa
Address Napa County Courthouse
900 Coombs
PO Box 298
Napa, Ca 94559-0298
Phone: 707.253.4246

Adams County Website

County Information[edit | edit source]

Napa County, California Record Dates[edit | edit source]

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

County Courthouse[edit | edit source]

County Clerk Recorder has birth and death records from 1873
marriage and land records from 1850  Court Executive Officer
has divorce and court records from 1850[2]

Historical Facts[edit | edit source]

Wikipedia has more about this subject: Napa County, California

Parent County[edit | edit source]

18 February 1850: Napa County was created as an original county. County seat: Napa [3]

Description[edit | edit source]

The county seat Napa and the county was created February 18, 1850. The County is located in the northwest central 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]

There is no known history of courthouse disasters in this county.

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
  • Dry Creek
  • Gordon Valley
  • Lokoya
  • Los Carneros
  • Mt. Veeder
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 Napa, 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.
1850 405
1860 5,521 1263.2%
1870 7,163 29.7%
1880 13,235 84.8%
1890 16,411 24.0%
1900 16,451 0.2%
1910 19,800 20.4%
1920 20,678 4.4%
1930 22,897 10.7%
1940 28,503 24.5%
1950 46,603 63.5%
1960 65,890 41.4%
1970 79,140 20.1%
1980 99,199 25.3%
1990 110,765 11.7%
2000 124,279 12.2%
2010 136,484 9.8%
Source: "".

For tips on accessing Napa 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.

Ward and Branch Records of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

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]

Germans[edit | edit source]

Gazetteers[edit | edit source]

Genealogy[edit | edit source]

History[edit | edit source]

Local histories are available for Napa 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.

Online Land Indexes and Records

Maps[edit | edit source]

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Migration[edit | edit source]

Military History and Records[edit | edit source]

Civil War[edit | edit source]
World War I[edit | edit source]
World War II[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 Napa 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 - Napa - 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]

Family History Center and Affiliate Library Locator map - search for local Family History Centers or Affiliate Libraries

  • Family History Centers provide one-on-one assistance, free access to center-only databases, and to premium genealogical websites.
  • FamilySearch Affiliate Libraries have access to most center-only databases, but may not always have full services normally provided by a family history center.

Local Centers and Affiliate Libraries

Societies[edit | edit source]

Bay Area Genealogical Societies

  • California Genealogical Society and Library - 2201 Broadway, Suite LL2, Oakland, CA 94612-3031  Tel. (510) 663-1358 FAX (510) 663-1596: Link
  • East Bay Genealogical Society - PO Box 20417, Oakland, CA 94620-0417 Link
  • Hayward Area Genealogical Society - Meets at 395 Paseo Grande Avenue, San Lorenzo, CA [ Link] 
  • Livermore-Amador Genealogical Society - Meets at 3400 Nevada Court, Pleasanton, CA CA Link 
  • MacGen (Macintosh Genealogical) Society - Meets at 4766 Lincoln Ave., Oakland, CA 94602 Link
  • San Francisco Bay Area Jewish Genealogical Society  Link
  • San Ramon Valley Genealogical Society  Link
  • Santa Clara County Historical and Genealogical Society - Meets at Santa Clara Central Park Library, 2635 Homestead Rd., Santa Clara, CA

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]

Napa County Historical Society
1219 First Street
Napa 94559

Napa Valley Genealogical Society
1701 Menlo Avenue
Napa 94558-4725

Websites[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Napa 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), Napa County, California. Page 86 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. Wikipedia contributors, "Monterey County," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia,,_California 05/04/2017.
  5. Wikipedia contributors, "Napa County, California," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia,,_California, accessed 18 September 2019.