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| county = Butte County  
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| state = North Dakota
| state = California
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| founded year = 1907
| founded year = 1820
| founded date = April 17
| founded date = February 18
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| building address = Butte County Courthouse<br>25 County Center Dr; <br>Oroville, CA 95965; <br>Phone 530.538.7691  
| building address = Butte County Courthouse<br>25 County Center Dr; <br>Oroville, CA 95965; <br>Phone 530.538.7691  

Revision as of 02:42, 14 February 2013

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Online Records

Historical Facts

Butte County, California
Map of the U.S. highlighting California
Location of California in the U.S.
Founded February 18, 1820
County Seat Oroville
Address Butte County Courthouse
25 County Center Dr;
Oroville, CA 95965;
Phone 530.538.7691

Butte County Website

County Courthouse

County Recorder has marriage records from 1851,
born and death  records from 1859 and land records;
County Clerk has divorce, probate, probate and court
record from 1850; Meriam Library, California State
 University Chico, has divorce, probate and court records
1850-1879 and natural records 1850-1960[1] 

1850--Butte County was created 18 February 1850 as an original county.  County seat: Oroville [2]

Boundary Changes

Record Loss


Populated Places

Indian Reservations or Rancherias

The Berry Creek Indian Rancheria is located in this county.

Neighboring Counties


Bible Records


Butte County Biography Project



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

Church History and Records

LDS Ward and Branch Records

  • Chico
  • Gridley
  • Liberty (Gridley)
  • Oroville

Court Records

Crime and Criminals


Ethnic, Political, or Religious Groups





Land and Property



Early migration routes to and from Butte County, California Genealogy for emigrant settlers included:[3][4]

Military History and Records

Naturalization and Citizenship



The Paradise Genealogical Society has a large collection of obituaries and death notices from local Butte County newspapers, The majority are full obituaries but also include short obituaries and death notices. The collection includes approximately 85,800 records covering the years 1855-2008.  Letters A through F are indexed and online.  Copies of the obituaries can be ordered for $5.00. 

  • Paradise, California Obituaries Butte County, California Free from GenealogyBuff.com. These obituaries were collected from local newspapers and funeral homes for genealogy research. The dates listed under the deceased's name represents the announcement date
  • For FHL entries for the obituary file index, 1883-1896, click here
  • For FHL entries for the obituary file index, 1902-1967, click here
  • For FHL entries for the obituary file index, 1963-1990, click here
  • Gridley Herald

This collection was gleaned and indexed from Footnote.com. If you find possible family, the complete Obituary is available.


Probate Records


Archives, Libraries and Museums
County Courthouse
Family History Centers


Paradise Genealogical Society
Library Address:
Paradise Genealogical Society
5587 Scottwood Road
PO Box 460
Paradise, California 95967-0460
Phone: 530-877-2330


Vital Records


For marriages from 1851-1886 see Western States Marriage Index.


Voting Registers

Web Sites


  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Amador County, California. Page 84 At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  2. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).
  3. National Park Service, "California Trail" (map) in California National Historic Trail at http://www.nps.gov/cali/planyourvisit/upload/CALImap1-web.pdf (accessed 5 August 2011).
  4. Wikipedia contributors, "California Trail" in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/California_Trail (accessed 5 August 2012).