Siskiyou County, California Genealogy

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

Siskiyou County, California
Map of California highlighting Siskiyou 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 22, 1852
County Seat Yreka
Named for: the Siskiyou mountain range

Siskiyou County, California
Known Beginning Dates for Major Records[1]
Birth* Marriage Death* Court Land Probate Census
1850 1852 1873 1853 1852 1853 1850
*Statewide registration for births and deaths started in 1905. General compliance by 1920.

County Courthouse[edit | edit source]

Siskiyou County Courthouse
311 Fourth Street
PO Box 338
Yreka, CA 96097
Phone: 530.842.8084 

County Reader has birth, marriage, death and burial records
Court Services has divorce, probate and court records from 1852;
County Cleark has election records, board of supervisor’s minutes from 1860[2]

Historical Facts[edit | edit source]

Wikipedia has more about this subject: Siskiyou County, California

Parent Counties[edit | edit source]

22 March 1852: Siskiyou County was created from Shasta and former Klamath Counties. County seat: Yreka [3]

Description[edit | edit source]

The county was named after the Siskiyou mountain range. The county seat Yreka and the county was created 1852. The County is located in the north central area of the state.[4]

Boundary Changes[edit | edit source]

1852: County formed from Shasta and Klamath Counties.

1874: February, part of county given to newly formed Modoc County.

1874: May, Klamath County dissolved with Siskiyou County absorbing some of the area.

1887: Land exchanged with Del Norte County.

1901: Small area of land gained from Humboldt County.

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]

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
Ghost towns

Populated Places (over 5,000 people)[edit | edit source]


Populated Places (over 1,000 people)[edit | edit source]

Dunsmuir, Montague, Mount Shasta City, Tulelake, Weed

Populated Places (under 1,000 people)[edit | edit source]

Dorris, Etna, Fort Jones

Census Designated Places and Unincorporated Communities[edit | edit source]

Big Springs, Callahan, Carrick, Clear Creek, Edgewood, Forks of Salmon, Fort Goff, Gazelle, Greenview, Grenada, Hamburg, Hatfield, Happy Camp, Hilt, Hornbrook, Horse Creek, Klamath River, Klamathon, Lake Shastina, Lake Siskiyou, Macdoel, McCloud, Mount Hebron, Mugginsville, Sawyers Bar, Seiad Valley, Tennant, Thompson Creek

Additional and Former Populated Places[edit | edit source]

Mount Shasta City has had a number of names including Wagon Valley, Strawberry Valley and, until 1924, Sisson. Ager, Bartle, Beswick, Black Bear, Bogus, Butte, Cecilville, Chestnut, Coles, Copco, Cottage Grove, Deadwood, Francis, Gottsville, Hooperville, Igerha, Liberty, Little Shasta, Mott, Mountain, Oak Bar, Oro Fino, Schlitz, Scott Bar, Scott River, Scott Valley, Shasta Springs, Snowden, Somes Bar, Squaw Valley, Table Rock, Tailholt, Upper Soda Springs, Walker

Neighboring Counties[edit | edit source]

Resources[edit | edit source]

Bible Records[edit | edit source]

Biography[edit | edit source]

Cemeteries[edit | edit source]

Cemeteries of Siskiyou, 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 7,629
1870 6,848 −10.2%
1880 8,610 25.7%
1890 12,163 41.3%
1900 16,962 39.5%
1910 18,801 10.8%
1920 18,545 −1.4%
1930 25,480 37.4%
1940 28,598 12.2%
1950 30,733 7.5%
1960 32,885 7.0%
1970 33,225 1.0%
1980 39,732 19.6%
1990 43,531 9.6%
2000 44,301 1.8%
2010 44,900 1.4%
Source: "".

For tips on accessing Siskiyou 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

  • Etna

List of Churches and Church Parishes

FamilySearch Catalog[edit | edit source]

California, Siskiyou Films

California, Siskiyou, Cecilville

California, Siskiyou, Dunsmuir

California, Siskiyou, Etna

California, Siskiyou, Forks of the Salmon

California, Siskiyou, Fort Jones

California, Siskiyou, Greenview Township

California, Siskiyou, Henley

California, Siskiyou, Hilt

California, Siskiyou, McCloud

California, Siskiyou, Montague

California, Siskiyou, Sawyers Bar

California, Siskiyou, Scott Valley Township

California, Siskiyou, Weed

California, Siskiyou, Yreka

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 Siskiyou 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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Migration[edit | edit source]

Early migration routes to and from Siskiyou County, California Genealogy for emigrant settlers included:[6][7] :

Online Records

Military History and Records[edit | edit source]

Civil War[edit | edit source]

Regiments. Service men in Siskiyou County, California Genealogy served in various regiments. Men often joined a company (within a regiment) that originated in their county. Listed below are companies that were specifically formed in Siskiyou County, California Genealogy:

- 1st Battalion Mountaineers, California Infantry (Union), Company F
- 5th Regiment, California Infantry (Union), Company A
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 Siskiyou 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 - Siskiyou - Probate records.

Online Probate Indexes and Records

Repositories[edit | edit source]

Archives, Libraries and Museums[edit | edit source]

County Courthouse[edit | edit source]

Siskiyou County Assesor-Recorder
311 4th Street, Room 108
Yreka, CA 96097
Siskiyou County Clerk's Office
510 North Main Street
Yreka, CA 96097

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]

The Genealogical Society of Siskiyou County, California
912 S. Main St. Yreka, CA 96097
Phone: 530-842-0277
Email address:
GSSC Website

Scott Valley Genealogical Group
P.O. Box 623
Etna, CA 96027
Scott Valley Genealogical Group

Siskiyou County Genealogical Society
PO Box 225
Yreka, CA 96097

Siskiyou County Historical Society
910 South Main
Yreka, CA 96097

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]

The Genealogical Society of Siskiyou County, California

Yreka Genealogy Society Of Siskiyou County

Websites[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Siskiyou 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), Siskiyou County, California. Page 87At 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, "Siskiyou County," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia,,_California 05/08/2017.
  5. Wikipedia contributors, "Siskiyou County, California," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia,,_California#Communities, accessed 24 September 2019.
  6. National Park Service, "California Trail" (map) in California National Historic Trail at (accessed 5 August 2011).
  7. Wikipedia contributors, "California Trail" in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia at (accessed 5 August 2012).