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Guide to '''Butte County, California ancestry, family history, and genealogy''' birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records. <br>
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{{Click|Image:CA_ORP.png|California Online Genealogy Records}} {{Infobox U.S. County
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| county = Butte County
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| state = California
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| founded year = 1820
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| founded date = February 18
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| seat = Oroville
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| building address = Butte County Courthouse<br>25 County Center Dr; <br>Oroville, CA 95965; <br>Phone 530.538.7691 <br>[http://www.buttecounty.net/ '''Butte County Website'''] }}
  
== Historical Facts ==
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=== County Information ===
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==== Butte County, California Record Dates  ====
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| width="100%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" colspan="6" | <center>'''Beginning Dates for Major County Records'''<ref>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</ref> </center>
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| width="16.6%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Butte County, California Genealogy#Vital_Records|Birth]]'''
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| width="16.6%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Butte County, California Genealogy#Vital_Records|Marriage]]'''
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| width="16.6%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Butte County, California Genealogy#Vital_Records|Death]]'''
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| width="16.6%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Butte County, California Genealogy#Census|Census]]'''
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| width="16.6%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | [[Butte County, California Genealogy#Land_and_Property|'''Land''']]
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| width="16.6%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Butte County, California Genealogy#Probate_Records|Probate]]'''
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| width="16.6%" align="center" | 1859
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| width="16.6%" align="center" | 1851
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| width="16.6%" align="center" | 1859
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| width="16.6%" align="center" | 1850
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| width="16.6%" align="center" | 1850
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| width="16.6%" align="center" | 1851
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==== County Courthouse  ====
 
==== County Courthouse  ====
  
[http://www.buttecounty.net/ Butte County Courthouse] <br>25 County Center Dr; <br>Oroville, CA 95965; <br>Phone 530.538.7691
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County Recorder has marriage records from 1851, <br>born and death&nbsp; records from 1859 and land records; <br>County Clerk has divorce, probate, probate and court<br>record from 1850; Meriam Library, California State<br>&nbsp;University Chico, has divorce, probate and court records <br>1850-1879 and natural records 1850-1960<ref name="HBG">''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'', 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Amador County, California. Page 84 {{WorldCat|50140092|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|1049485|item|disp=FHL Book 973 D27e 2002}}.</ref>&nbsp;<br><br>'''1850--'''Butte County was created 18 February 1850&nbsp;as an original county.&nbsp; '''County seat: '''Oroville <ref>''The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'',10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).</ref>
  
County Recorder has marriage records from 1851, <br>born and death&nbsp; records from 1859 and land records; <br>County Clerk has divorce, probate, probate and court<br>record from 1850; Meriam Library, California State<br>&nbsp;University Chico, has divorce, probate and court records <br>1850-1879 and natural records 1850-1960<ref name="HBG">''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'', 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Amador County, California. Page 84 {{WorldCat|50140092|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|1049485|item|disp=FHL Book 973 D27e 2002}}.</ref>&nbsp;<br><br>'''1850--'''Butte County was created 18 February 1850&nbsp;as an original county.&nbsp; '''County seat: '''Oroville <ref name="Handybook">''The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'',10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).</ref>  
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==== Description ====
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The county seat Oroville and the county was created February 18, 1850. The County is located in the north central corner of the state.<ref>Wikipedia contributors, "Butte County," in ''Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia'', https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Butte_County,_California 04/28/2017.</ref>
  
 
==== Boundary Changes  ====
 
==== Boundary Changes  ====
  
==== Record Loss  ====
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For animated maps illustrating California county boundary changes, [http://www.mapofus.org/california/ "Rotating Formation California County Boundary Maps"] (1850-1925) may be viewed for free at the MapofUS.org website.
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==== Records Loss  ====
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There is no known history of courthouse disasters in this county.
  
 
== Places/Localities  ==
 
== Places/Localities  ==
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==== Neighboring Counties  ====
 
==== Neighboring Counties  ====
  
*[[Colusa County, California|Colusa]]  
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*[[Colusa County, California Genealogy|Colusa]]  
*[[Glenn County, California|Glenn]]  
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*[[Glenn County, California Genealogy|Glenn]]  
*[[Plumas County, California|Plumas]]  
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*[[Plumas County, California Genealogy|Plumas]]  
*[[Sutter County, California|Sutter]]  
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*[[Sutter County, California Genealogy|Sutter]]  
*[[Tehama County, California|Tehama]]  
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*[[Tehama County, California Genealogy|Tehama]]  
*[[Yuba County, California|Yuba]]<br>
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*[[Yuba County, California Genealogy|Yuba]]<br>
  
 
== Resources  ==
 
== Resources  ==
  
==== Bible Records  ====
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=== Bible Records  ===
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=== Biographies  ===
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*[http://www.cagenweb.com/butte/Butte1882.html Butte County Biographies] (CAGenWeb Project)
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*[http://www.usgwarchives.net/ca/butte/bios.html Butte County Biographies] (USGenWeb Archives)
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*[http://genealogytrails.com/cal/butte/bioindex.html Butte County Biographies] (Genealogy Trails)
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=== Cemeteries  ===
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{{CA Cemeteries Intro|Butte}}
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| colspan="2" bgcolor="#E0E0E0" style="border:1px solid black"| <center>'''Cemeteries of Butte, California''' online and in print</center>
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| width="20%" bgcolor="#E0E0E0" style="border:1px solid black" | <center>'''Tombstone Transcriptions Online'''</center>
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*[http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gsr&GSfn=&GSmn=&GSln=&GSbyrel=all&GSby=&GSdyrel=all&GSdy=&GScntry=4&GSst=6&GScnty=186&GSgrid=&df=all&GSob=n Findagrave.com]
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*[http://www.usgwarchives.net/ca/butte/butte.html California GenWeb]
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*[http://www.cagenweb.com/butte/index.htm California Genweb Archives]
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*[http://usgwtombstones.org/california/butte.html Tombstone Project]
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*[http://Californiagravestones.org/cemeteries.php?selected_cid=4 California Gravestones]
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*[https://billiongraves.com/pages/search/# Billion Graves]
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| width="20%" bgcolor="#E0E0E0" style="border:1px solid black"| <center>''' TombstoneTranscriptions in Print''' ([[The Value of Cemetery Records in Print |Often more complete]])</center>
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*{{FHL|391891|subject-id|disp=Family History Library}}
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*[http://www.worldcat.org/search?q=su%3Acemetery+Butte+California&qt=advanced&dblist=638 WorldCat]
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| width="20%" bgcolor="#E0E0E0" style="border:1px solid black" |<center>'''List of Cemeteries in the County'''</center>
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*[http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=csr&CScn=&CScntry=4&CSst=6&CScnty=186 Findagrave.com]
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*[https://billiongraves.com/search/results?year_range=5&action=search_cemetery&exact=true&country=United%20States&state=California&county=Butte&cemetery_name=a# Billion Graves]
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*[https://www.deathindexes.com/california/ California's Genealogy Guide for Finding Obituaries, Cemetery Burials and Death Records]
  
==== Biography  ====
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*[https://www.accessgenealogy.com/cemetery/Butte-county-california-cemetery-records.htm Butte California Cemetery Records]
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| colspan="2" bgcolor="#E0E0E0" style="border:1px solid black"|<center>See '''[[California Cemeteries]]''' for more information</center>
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[http://www.cabio.000space.com/Butte1882.html Butte County Biography Project]
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The following web site may have additional information on Butte County cemeteries.
  
==== Cemeteries  ====
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*[http://www.interment.net/us/CA/Butte.htm Interment.net] California cemetery records by County.
  
==== Census  ====
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=== Census  ===
  
 
{{Census|California}}  
 
{{Census|California}}  
  
==== Church History and Records  ====
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=== Church History and Records  ===
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{{CA Church Intro}}
  
 
LDS Ward and Branch Records  
 
LDS Ward and Branch Records  
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*Oroville
 
*Oroville
  
==== Court Records  ====
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=== Court Records  ===
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=== Crime and Criminals  ===
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=== Directories  ===
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=== Ethnic, Political, or Religious Groups  ===
  
==== Crime and Criminals ====
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=== Gazetteers ===
  
==== Directories ====
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=== Genealogy ===
  
==== Ethnic, Political, or Religious Groups ====
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=== History ===
  
===== Germans  =====
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{{CA History Intro}}
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*[http://www.usgwarchives.net/ca/butte/history.html Butte County History Records] (USGenWeb Archives)
  
==== Gazetteers ====
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=== Land and Property ===
  
==== Genealogy  ====
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{{CA Land Intro}}
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*[http://www.usgwarchives.net/ca/butte/land.html Index to General Land Office Records] (USGenWeb Archives)
  
==== History ====
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=== Maps ===
  
==== Land and Property  ====
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[[Image:Cabutte.png|center|200px|Cabutte.png]]
  
==== Maps ====
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*[http://www.mapofus.org/california/ Maps of California (1850-1925)]
  
==== Migration  ====
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=== Migration  ===
  
 
Early migration routes to and from {{PAGENAME}} for emigrant settlers included:<ref>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).</ref><ref>Wikipedia contributors, "California Trail" in ''Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia'' at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/California_Trail (accessed 5 August 2012).</ref>  
 
Early migration routes to and from {{PAGENAME}} for emigrant settlers included:<ref>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).</ref><ref>Wikipedia contributors, "California Trail" in ''Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia'' at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/California_Trail (accessed 5 August 2012).</ref>  
  
:*'''''[[California Trail]]''''' 1844 to 1869 from western Missouri to northern California
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:*'''''[[California Trail]]''''' 1844 to 1869 from western Missouri to northern California  
 
::*'''''Beckwourth Trail''''' 1850 left the Truckee Trail near present-day [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sparks,_Nevada Sparks, Nevada] going to [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oroville,_California Oroville] and [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marysville,_California Marysville, California]
 
::*'''''Beckwourth Trail''''' 1850 left the Truckee Trail near present-day [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sparks,_Nevada Sparks, Nevada] going to [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oroville,_California Oroville] and [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marysville,_California Marysville, California]
  
==== Military History and Records  ====
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=== Military History and Records  ===
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*[http://genealogytrails.com/cal/butte/militarydata.html Butte County Military Records] (Genealogy Trails)
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==== Civil War  ====
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*[http://genealogytrails.com/cal/butte/militarydata.html Butte County Civil War Veterans] (USGenWeb Archives)
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{{VAciv}}
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:- [[1st Regiment, California Cavalry (Union)|1st Regiment, California Cavalry (Union)]], Company A
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:- [[1st Regiment, California Infantry (Union)|1st Regiment, California Infantry (Union)]], Company A
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=== Naturalization and Citizenship  ===
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=== Newspapers  ===
  
==== Naturalization and Citizenship  ====
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{{CA Newspaper abstracts|Butte}}
  
==== Newspapers ====
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=== Obituaries ===
  
==== Obituaries ====
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*'''1866-1992''' - {{RecordSearch|2284856|California Napa and Butte Counties Obituaries 1866-1992}} at [https://www.familysearch.org/search FamilySearch]— index and images
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*'''1883 - 1899''' - [https://familysearch.org/search/catalog/631675?availability=Family%20History%20Library Butte County Births, Marriages and Deaths, 1883-1899] at [https://www.familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] (microfilm)
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*'''1902 - 1967''' - [https://familysearch.org/search/catalog/628819?availability=Family%20History%20Library Paradise, California Obituary File Index, 1902-1967] at [https://www.familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] (microfilm)
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*'''1963 - 1900''' - [https://familysearch.org/search/catalog/630101?availability=Family%20History%20Library Butte County Obituary Index, 1963-1990] at [https://www.familysearch.org/search FamilySearch]
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*The [http://www.pargenso.org/new_obituaries.html Paradise Genealogical Society] has a large collection of obituaries and death notices from local Butte County newspapers.
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*[http://www.newspaperobituaries.net/california/butte_county_obituaries.htm Newspapers.net]
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*[http://www.usgwarchives.net/ca/butte/obits.html Butte County Obituaries] (USGenWeb Archives)
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*[http://genealogytrails.com/cal/butte/obitindex.html Butte County Obituary Index] (Genealogy Trails)
  
The [http://www.pargenso.org/obituaries.html Paradise Genealogical Society] has a large collection of obituaries and death notices from local Butte County newspapers, The majority&nbsp;are full obituaries but also include short obituaries and death notices. The collection includes approximately 85,800 records covering the years 1855-2008.&nbsp; Letters A through F are indexed and online.&nbsp; Copies of the obituaries can be ordered for $5.00.&nbsp;
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=== Periodicals  ===
  
*[http://www.genealogybuff.com/ca/butte/webbbs_config.pl 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
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=== Probate Records  ===
*For FHL entries for the obituary file index, 1883-1896, click {{FHL|631675|title-id|disp=here}}
 
*For FHL entries for the obituary file index, 1902-1967, click {{FHL|628819|title-id|disp=here}}
 
*For FHL entries for the obituary file index, 1963-1990, click {{FHL|630101|title-id|disp=here}}
 
*[http://www.cagenweb.com/butte/Gridley.A-G.htm '''Gridley Herald''']
 
  
This collection was gleaned and indexed from Footnote.com. If you find possible family, the complete Obituary is available.
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{{CA Probate Intro|Butte}}
  
==== Periodicals  ====
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'''Online Probate Records'''
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*'''1782 - 1999''' - [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=8639 California Wills and Probate Records 1782-1999] at [http://search.ancestry.com/ Ancestry.com] — index and images $ 
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*'''1850 - 1902''' - [http://www.sampubco.com/wills/ca/cabutte.htm Butte County California list of will book testators SAMPUBCO] - Browsable index of testators of wills - free
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*'''1833 - 1991''' - {{RecordSearch|1999181|California Probate Estate Files 1833-1991}} at [https://familysearch.org FamilySearch] — images
  
==== Probate Records ====
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=== Repositories ===
  
==== Repositories ====
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==== Archives, Libraries and Museums ====
  
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==== County Courthouse ====
  
===== County Courthouse =====
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==== Family History Centers ====
  
===== Family History Centers =====
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{{FamilySearch Centers Intro}}
  
 
*[[Introduction to LDS Family History Centers]]  
 
*[[Introduction to LDS Family History Centers]]  
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*[[Oroville California Family History Center]]
 
*[[Oroville California Family History Center]]
  
==== Societies  ====
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=== Societies  ===
  
 
[http://www.pargenso.org/ Paradise Genealogical Society]<br>Library Address:<br>Paradise Genealogical Society<br>5587 Scottwood Road<br>PO Box 460<br>Paradise, California 95967-0460<br>Phone: 530-877-2330  
 
[http://www.pargenso.org/ Paradise Genealogical Society]<br>Library Address:<br>Paradise Genealogical Society<br>5587 Scottwood Road<br>PO Box 460<br>Paradise, California 95967-0460<br>Phone: 530-877-2330  
  
==== Taxation ====
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=== Taxation  ===
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{{CA Tax Intro}}
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*'''1857''' - [http://www.cagenweb.com/butte/pdf-files/Butte-1857Tx.pdf Butte County 1857 Tax List] (CAGenWeb Project)
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=== Vital Records  ===
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{{CA Vital Intro}} See also [http://www.genealogyinc.com/california/ca-vital-records/ How to order California Vital Records]
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==== Birth  ====
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*'''1812 - 1988''' - {{RecordSearch|1674703|California Births and Christenings, 1812-1988}} at [https://www.familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index
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*'''1905 - 1995''' - {{RecordSearch|2001879|California Birth Index, 1905-1995}} at [https://www.familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index
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==== Marriage  ====
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*'''1850 - 1945''' - {{RecordSearch|1674735|California Marriages, 1850-1945}} at [https://www.familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index
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*'''1850 - 1952''' - {{RecordSearch|1804002|California, County Marriages, 1850-1952}} at [https://www.familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index and images
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*'''1851 - 1860''' - [http://genealogytrails.com/cal/butte/1851_1860marriages.html Butte County Marriages, 1851-1860] (Genealogy Trails)
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*'''1854 - 1885''' - [http://abish.byui.edu/specialCollections/westernStates/search.cfm Western States Marriage Index].
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*'''1960 - 1985''' - {{RecordSearch|1949339|California Marriage Index, 1960-1985}} at [https://www.familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index and images
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*[http://usgwarchives.net/marriages/california/butte.htm Butte County Marriage Records] (USGenWeb Archives)
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*[http://genealogytrails.com/cal/butte/marriagenoticeindex.html Butte County Marriage Notices] (Genealogy Trails)
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==== Divorce  ====
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*'''1966 - 1984''' - {{RecordSearch|2015584|California Divorce Index, 1966-1984}} at [https://www.familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index
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==== Death ====
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*'''1860''' - [http://genealogytrails.com/cal/butte/1860mort.html Butte County Mortality Schedule, 1860] (Genealogy Trails)
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*'''1880''' - [http://genealogytrails.com/cal/butte/1880mort.html Butte County Mortality Schedule, 1880] (Genealogy Trails)
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*'''1905''' - [http://genealogytrails.com/cal/butte/deaths1905.html Butte County Deaths] (Genealogy Trails)
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*'''1905''' - [http://www.cagenweb.com/butte/bir-dea.1905.htm Miscellaneous Births and Deaths, Butte County] (CAGenWeb Project)
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*'''1905 - 1939''' - {{RecordSearch|1932433|California Death Index, 1905-1939}} at [https://www.familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index
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*'''1940 - 1997''' - {{RecordSearch|2015582|California Death Index, 1940-1997}} at [https://www.familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index
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*[http://cagenweb.com/butte/pdf-files/ButteHisDeaths.pdf Butte County, California, Miscellaneous Deaths from Historical Newspapers] (CAGenWeb Project)
  
==== Vital Records ====
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=== Voting Registers ===
  
===== Birth  =====
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California county clerks were to keep voting registers every other year from 1866 and well into the 20th century. These large books, called Great Registers, listed the men who registered to vote in that county. Besides name and age, the record may show place of birth, address, occupation, naturalization date and sometimes even a physical description.<br>
  
===== Marriage  =====
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These records are at the [[California State Library]] (1866-1944), and microfilmed copies are available through [[Introduction to LDS Family History Centers|Family History Centers]] (1866-1910). Ancestry ($) has a searchable database of Butte Great Registers from 1867-1898.<br>
  
For marriages from 1851-1886 see [http://abish.byui.edu/specialCollections/westernStates/search.cfm Western States Marriage Index].  
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The Butte county records for 1872 are available on the RootsWeb site, by clicking [http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~cagha/registers/registers-index.htm here].
  
===== Divorce =====
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=== Genealogy Societies, Archives and Libraries ===
  
===== Death  =====
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'''Butte County Historical Society'''<br>P.O. Box 2195<br>Oroville, CA 95965<br>Phone: 530-533-9418 or 530-533-5316<br>Email:[mailto:ButteHistory@sbcglobal.net]<br>[http://www.buttecountyhistoricalsociety.org/visit-us.html Website]<br><br>
  
==== Voting Registers  ====
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'''Paradise Genealogical Society INC'''<br> P O Box 460<br>5587 Scottwood Rd<br> Paradise, CA 95969<br>Phone:(530) 877-2330<br>[http://www.pargenso.org/new_obituaries.html Website]<br><br>
  
== Web Sites  ==
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*[http://www.genealogyinc.com/california/ca-society-archive/ List of California Archives, Libraries, Publications, Historical &amp; Genealogical Societies]
  
*[http://www.cagenweb.com/butte/ Butte County [CAGenWeb]]
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=== Websites  ===
*USGenWeb project. May have maps, name indexes, history or other information for this county. Select the state, then the county.
 
*{{FHL|California%2C+Butte|subject|disp=Family History Library Catalog}}
 
  
== References  ==
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*[http://www.genealogyinc.com/california/butte-county/ Butte County, CA History, Records, Facts and Genealogy]
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*[https://plus.google.com/u/0/communities/104090835347610280512 California Genealogy Network Community on Google+]
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*[https://www.facebook.com/groups/120538224699188/ California Genealogy Network Group on Facebook]
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*[http://www.cagenweb.com/butte/ Butte County, CAGenWeb Project]
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*[http://www.usgwarchives.net/ca/butte/butte.html USGenWeb Archives]
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*{{FHL|California%2C+Butte|subject|disp=FamilySearch Catalog}}
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*[http://genealogytrails.com/cal/butte/#.WRSE3NIrI2z Butte County, California Genealogy Trails]
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*[http://ldsgenealogy.com/CA/Butte-County.htm Butte County CA Genealogy] (LDS Genealogy)
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Latest revision as of 17:09, 3 October 2017

United States
California
Butte County

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

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Butte County, California
Map
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.
Facts
Founded February 18, 1820
County Seat Oroville
Courthouse
CaliforniaButteCourthouse.jpg
Address Butte County Courthouse
25 County Center Dr;
Oroville, CA 95965;
Phone 530.538.7691
Butte County Website


County Information

Butte County, California Record Dates

Beginning Dates for Major County Records[1]
Birth Marriage Death Census Land Probate
1859 1851 1859 1850 1850 1851

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[2] 

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

Description

The county seat Oroville and the county was created February 18, 1850. The County is located in the north 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 MapofUS.org website.

Records Loss

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

Places/Localities

Populated Places

Indian Reservations or Rancherias

The Berry Creek Indian Rancheria is located in this county.

Neighboring Counties

Resources

Bible Records

Biographies

Cemeteries

Cemeteries of Butte, 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 Butte County cemeteries.

Census

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

Directories

Ethnic, Political, or Religious Groups

Gazetteers

Genealogy

History

Local histories are available for Butte 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.

Maps

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Migration

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

Military History and Records

Civil War

Regiments. Service men in Butte 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 Butte County, California Genealogy:

- 1st Regiment, California Cavalry (Union), Company A
- 1st Regiment, California Infantry (Union), Company A

Naturalization and Citizenship

Newspapers

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

Obituaries

Periodicals

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.

Online Probate Records

Repositories

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.

Societies

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

Taxation

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

Birth

Marriage

Divorce

Death

Voting Registers

California county clerks were to keep voting registers every other year from 1866 and well into the 20th century. These large books, called Great Registers, listed the men who registered to vote in that county. Besides name and age, the record may show place of birth, address, occupation, naturalization date and sometimes even a physical description.

These records are at the California State Library (1866-1944), and microfilmed copies are available through Family History Centers (1866-1910). Ancestry ($) has a searchable database of Butte Great Registers from 1867-1898.

The Butte county records for 1872 are available on the RootsWeb site, by clicking here.

Genealogy Societies, Archives and Libraries

Butte County Historical Society
P.O. Box 2195
Oroville, CA 95965
Phone: 530-533-9418 or 530-533-5316
Email:[1]
Website

Paradise Genealogical Society INC
P O Box 460
5587 Scottwood Rd
Paradise, CA 95969
Phone:(530) 877-2330
Website

Websites

References

  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), Amador 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, "Butte County," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Butte_County,_California 04/28/2017.
  5. 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).
  6. Wikipedia contributors, "California Trail" in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/California_Trail (accessed 5 August 2012).