Calaveras County, California Genealogy

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


Calaveras County, California
Map of California highlighting Calaveras County
Location in the state of California
Map of the U.S. highlighting California
Location of California in the U.S.
Founded February 18, 1850
County Seat San Andreas
Address Calaveras County Courthouse; 891 Mountain Ranch Rd;
San Andreas, CA 95249
Phone: 209.754.6376 Calaveras County Website

County Information

Calaveras County, California Record Dates

Beginning Dates for Major County Records[1]
Birth Marriage Death Census Land Probate
1877 1862 1859 1850 1852 1866

County Courthouse

County Recorder has birth records from 1860, marriage, death and divorce records from 1882, probate and court records from 1866, land records from 1852 & mining claims from 1850[2]

Historical Facts

Wikipedia has more about this subject: Calaveras County, California

Parent County

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


The county was named for the word "skulls". Was named for the river Calaveras which had been reported by the Spanish Explorer Gabriel Moraga when he found many skulls of Native Americans on the banks of the river. They had either died from famine or from tribal wars. The county seat San Andreas and the county was created 1850. The County is located in the east central corner of the state.[4]

Boundary Changes

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

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


Populated Places

Neighboring Counties


Bible Records



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

The following web site may have additional information on Calaveras County cemeteries.


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

Church History and Records

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.

Court Records

Crime and Criminals


Ethnic, Political, or Religious Groups




Local histories are available for Calaveras 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

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.


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Early migration routes to and from Calaveras County, California Genealogy for emigrant settlers included:[5][6]

Military History and Records

Civil War

- 8th Regiment, California Infantry (Union), Company H

World War II

Vietnam War

Naturalization and Citizenship


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


Passenger Records


Probate Records

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 - Calaveras - Probate records.

Online Probate Records


Archives, Libraries and Museums

County Courthouse

Family History Centers

Family history centers provide one-on-one assistance and free access to premium genealogical websites. In addition, many centers have free how-to genealogy classes. See family history center for more information. Search the online FHC directory for a nearby family history center.



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

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



Online Resources



Voting Registers

Genealogy Societies, Archives and Libraries

Calaveras County Historical Society
P.O. Box 721
30 N. Main St.
San Andreas 95249
Phone: 209-754-1058

Calaveras County Archives
891 Mountain Ranch Road
San Andreas, CA 95249
Office Phone: 209-754-3918

Calaveras Genealogical Society
PO Box 184
Angels Camp, CA 95222



  1. Alice Eichholz, Ancestry’s Red Book: American State, County and Town Sources, Revised ed. (Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1992), 62-75. At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27rb 1992
  2. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Calaveras 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. Wikipedia contributors, "Calaveras County," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia,,_California 04/28/2017.
  5. National Park Service, "California Trail" (map) in California National Historic Trail at (accessed 5 August 2011).
  6. Wikipedia contributors, "California Trail" in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia at (accessed 5 August 2012).