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United States go toCaliforniago to Butte County

Guide to Butte County California genealogy. Birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.

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Online Records

Butte County, California
Map of California highlighting Butte County
Location in the state of 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

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.

LDS Ward and Branch Records

  • Chico
  • Gridley
  • Liberty (Gridley)
  • Oroville

Court Records

Crime and Criminals


Ethnic, Political, or Religious Groups





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.



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. 

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


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 - Butte - 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

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.


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).