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''[[United States|United States]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png|go to]][[California|California]][[Image:Gotoarrow.png|go to]]'' '''El Dorado County'''
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Guide to '''El Dorado County California genealogy.''' Birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.  
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Guide to '''El Dorado County, California ancestry, family history, and genealogy''' birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.  
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{{Click|Image:CA_ORP.png|California Online Genealogy Records}} {{Infobox U.S. County  
 
| county = El Dorado County  
 
| county = El Dorado County  
 
| county_map = California El Dorado Map.png
 
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| founded date = February 18
 
| founded date = February 18
 
| seat = Placerville  
 
| seat = Placerville  
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| building image = CaliforniaElDoradoCourthouse.jpg
| building address = El Dorado County Courthouse<br>; 360 Fair Ln; <br>Placerville, CA 95667; <br>Phone 530.621.5490<br>&nbsp; <br>[http://www.co.el-dorado.ca.us/ '''El Dorado County Website'''] }}  
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| building address = El Dorado County Courthouse<br>; 360 Fair Ln; <br>Placerville, CA 95667; <br>Phone 530.621.5490<br> <br>[https://www.edcgov.us/ '''El Dorado County Website'''] }}
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=== County Information  ===
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==== El Dorado 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" | '''[[El Dorado County, California Genealogy#Vital_Records|Birth]]'''
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| width="16.6%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[El Dorado County, California Genealogy#Vital_Records|Marriage]]'''
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| width="16.6%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[El Dorado County, California Genealogy#Vital_Records|Death]]'''
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| width="16.6%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[El Dorado County, California Genealogy#Census|Census]]'''
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| width="16.6%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | [[El Dorado County, California Genealogy#Land_and_Property|'''Land''']]
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| width="16.6%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[El Dorado County, California Genealogy#Probate_Records|Probate]]'''
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| width="16.6%" align="center" | 1910
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| width="16.6%" align="center" | 1909
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| width="16.6%" align="center" | 1850
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=== County Courthouse  ===
 
=== County Courthouse  ===
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==== Parent County  ====
 
==== Parent County  ====
  
'''18 February 1850:''' El Dorado County was created&nbsp;;as an&nbsp;original county. '''County seat:''' Placerville <ref>''The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'',10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).</ref>  
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'''18 February 1850:''' El Dorado County was created&nbsp;;as an&nbsp;original county. '''County seat:''' Placerville <ref>''The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'',10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).</ref>
  
==== Boundary Changes  ====
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==== Description ====
  
==== Record Loss  ====
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The county was named is derived from the Spanish meaning "the gilded/golden". The County Seat is Placerville and was founded February 18, 1850. It is located in the East Central area of the state.
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<ref>Wikipedia contributors, "El Dorado County," in ''Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia'', https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/El_Dorado_County,_California 4/11/2017.</ref>
  
PLACERVILLE, CAL., FIRE.
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==== Boundary Changes  ====
  
Placerville, Cal., May 16. -- Fire which broke out in a barn in the center of town last night, destroyed the courthouse, and several business houses, entailing a loss of about $100,000.  
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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.  
  
The Ogden Standard Utah 1910-05-16
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==== Records Loss  ====
  
source: [http://www3.gendisasters.com/california/8111/placerville-ca-business-section-fire-may-1910 ''gendisasters.com'']
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Fires in 1910 and 1920 destroyed most courthouse records.
  
== Places/Localities  ==
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=== Places/Localities  ===
  
 
==== Populated Places  ====
 
==== Populated Places  ====
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==== Neighboring Counties  ====
 
==== Neighboring Counties  ====
  
[[Alpine County, California|Alpine]] | [[Amador County, California|Amador]] | [[Placer County, California|Placer]] | [[Sacramento County, California|Sacramento]] | [[Douglas County, Nevada|Douglas County, Nevada]]  
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[[Alpine County, California Genealogy|Alpine]] | [[Amador County, California Genealogy|Amador]] | [[Placer County, California Genealogy|Placer]] | [[Sacramento County, California Genealogy|Sacramento]] | [[Douglas County, Nevada Genealogy|Douglas County, Nevada]] | [[Carson City (Independent City), Nevada Genealogy|Carson City (Independent City), Nevada]]
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=== Resources  ===
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==== Bible Records  ====
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==== Biography  ====
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*[http://genealogytrails.com/cal/eldorado/bios/bioindex.html El Dorado County Biographies] (Genealogy Trails)
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*[http://www.cagenweb.com/eldorado/people/biographies/ Index to El Dorado County Biographies] (CAGenWeb Project)
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*[http://genealogytrails.com/cal/eldorado/books/bookindex.html Historical Souvenir of El Dorado County, Ca: with illustrations and biographical sketches of its prominent men & pioneers] (Genealogy Trails)
  
== Resources ==
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==== Cemeteries ====
  
=== Bible Records  ===
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{{CA Cemeteries Intro|El Dorado}}
  
=== Biography  ===
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| colspan="2" bgcolor="#E0E0E0" style="border:1px solid black"| <center>'''Cemeteries of El Dorado, 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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=== Cemeteries  ===
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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=191&GSgrid=&df=all&GSob=n Findagrave.com]
  
=== Census  ===
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*[http://www.cagenweb.com/eldorado/places/cemeteries/ California GenWeb]
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*[http://www.usgwtombstones.org/california/eldorado.html California Genweb Archives]
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*[http://usgwtombstones.org/california/eldorado.html Tombstone Project]
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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|448525|subject-id|disp=Family History Library}}
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*[http://www.worldcat.org/search?q=su%3Acemetery+El+Dorado+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=191 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=El%20Dorado&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]
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*[https://www.accessgenealogy.com/california-genealogy El Dorado California Cemetery Records]
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The following web site may have additional information on El Dorado  County cemeteries.
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*[http://www.interment.net/us/CA/index.htm Interment.net] California cemetery records by County.
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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}}
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==== Court Records  ====
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==== Crime and Criminals  ====
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==== Directories  ====
  
=== Court Records ===
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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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*'''1891''' - [http://files.usgwarchives.net/ca/eldorado/history/1891/memorial/eldorado16nms.txt El Dorado County 1891] (USGenWeb Archives)
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*[http://genealogytrails.com/cal/eldorado/history/countyhistory.html El Dorado County History Records] (Genealogy Trails)
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*[http://www.cagenweb.com/eldorado/county-history/ Index to El Dorado History Records] (CAGenWeb Project)
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*[http://www.cagenweb.com/eldorado/people/tales/ Tales of El Dorado County] (CAGenWeb Project)
  
=== Gazetteers ===
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==== Land and Property ====
  
=== Genealogy  ===
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{{CA Land Intro}}
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*[http://files.usgwarchives.net/ca/eldorado/land/eldorado.txt Index to Federal Land Records, El Dorado County] (USGenWeb Archives)
  
=== History ===
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==== Maps ====
  
=== Land and Property  ===
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*[http://www.mapofus.org/california/ Maps of California (1850-1925)]
  
=== Maps  ===
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[[Image:Caeldorado.png|center|300px|Caeldorado.png]]
  
=== 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>  
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::*'''''Grizzly Flat Road''''' 1852 an extension of Carson Trail down the middle fork of the [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cosumnes_River Consumnes River] to [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grizzly_Flat Grizzly Flat] and [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Placerville,_California Placerville, California]  
 
::*'''''Grizzly Flat Road''''' 1852 an extension of Carson Trail down the middle fork of the [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cosumnes_River Consumnes River] to [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grizzly_Flat Grizzly Flat] and [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Placerville,_California Placerville, California]  
 
::*'''''Volcano Road''''' 1852 from Coral Flat ([http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pioneer,_California Pioneer]) on the Carson Trail to [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Volcano,_California Volcano, California]  
 
::*'''''Volcano Road''''' 1852 from Coral Flat ([http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pioneer,_California Pioneer]) on the Carson Trail to [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Volcano,_California Volcano, California]  
::*'''''Luther Pass Trail''''' 1854 connected the Carson Trail and Johnson's Cutoff and allowed travelers to avoid [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lake_Tahoe Lake Tahoe]. It became one of the routes to the [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Comstock_Lode Comstock Lode] in [[Nevada|Nevada]]
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::*'''''Luther Pass Trail''''' 1854 connected the Carson Trail and Johnson's Cutoff and allowed travelers to avoid [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lake_Tahoe Lake Tahoe]. It became one of the routes to the [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Comstock_Lode Comstock Lode] in [[Nevada Genealogy|Nevada]]
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==== Military History and Records  ====
  
=== Military History and Records ===
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{{VAciv}}
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:- [[1st Battalion, California Native Cavalry (Union)|1st Battalion, California Native Cavalry (Union)]], Company B
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:- [[4th Regiment, California Infantry (Union)|4th Regiment, California Infantry&nbsp;(Union)]], Company F
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:- [[5th Regiment, California Infantry (Union)|5th Regiment, California Infantry (Union)]], Company G
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:- [[5th Regiment, California Infantry (Union)|5th Regiment, California Infantry (Union)]], Company H
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:- [[7th Regiment, California Infantry (Union)|7th Regiment, California Infantry (Union) ]], Company G
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:- [[8th Regiment, California Infantry (Union)|8th Regiment, California Infantry (Union)]], Company K
  
=== Naturalization and Citizenship  ===
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*'''1883''' - [http://genealogytrails.com/cal/eldorado/military/1883pensioners.html List of Pensioners on the Roll, January 1, 1883, El Dorado County] (Genealogy Trails)
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*'''1886''' - [http://files.usgwarchives.net/ca/eldorado/military/civilwar/rosters/placervi323gmt.txt Placerville Post No. 108, G. A. R. 1886] (USGenWeb Archives)
  
=== Newspapers  ===
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===== Spanish American War =====
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*[http://genealogytrails.com/cal/eldorado/military/spam_veterans.html Spanish American War Veterans, El Dorado County] (Genealogy Trails)
  
=== Obituaries  ===
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===== World War I =====
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*[http://genealogytrails.com/cal/eldorado/military/ww1honorlist.html World War I Honor List, El Dorado County] (Genealogy Trails)
  
=== Periodicals  ===
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===== World War II =====
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*[http://files.usgwarchives.net/ca/eldorado/military/ww2/enlistees/eldorenlistees-af.txt El Dorado County Enlistees, World War II, Names A-F] (USGenWeb Archives)
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*[http://files.usgwarchives.net/ca/eldorado/military/ww2/enlistees/eldorenlistees-go.txt El Dorado County Enlistees, World War II, Names G-O] (USGenWeb Archives)
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*[http://files.usgwarchives.net/ca/eldorado/military/ww2/enlistees/eldorenlistees-pz.txt El Dorado County Enlistees, World War II, Names P-Z] (USGenWeb Archives)
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*[http://files.usgwarchives.net/ca/eldorado/military/ww2/rosters/eldorado5mt.txt El Dorado County Casualties, World War II] (USGenWeb Archives)
  
=== Probate Records  ===
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=====Korean War=====
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*[http://genealogytrails.com/cal/eldorado/military/koreanindex.html El Dorado County Korean War Casualties] (Genealogy Trails)
  
=== Repositories  ===
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=====Vietnam War=====
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*[http://genealogytrails.com/cal/eldorado/military/vietnamindex.html El Dorado County Casualties, Vietnam War] (Genealogy Trails)
  
==== Archives, Libraries and Museums  ====
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=====Iraqi War=====
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*[http://genealogytrails.com/cal/eldorado/military/iraqindex.html El Dorado County Casualties, Iraqi War] (Genealogy Trails)
  
==== County Courthouse ====
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==== Naturalization and Citizenship ====
  
==== Family History Centers  ====
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==== Newspapers  ====
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{{CA Newspaper abstracts|El_Dorado}}
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==== Obituaries  ====
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*[http://genealogytrails.com/cal/eldorado/obituaries/obitcollection.html Index to Genealogy Trails Obituaries]
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*[http://www.usgwarchives.net/ca/eldorado/obits.html Index to USGenWeb Archives Obituaries]
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*[http://www.cagenweb.com/eldorado/people/obituaries/ Index to CAGenWeb Project Obituaries]
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==== Periodicals  ====
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==== Probate Records  ====
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{{CA Probate Intro|El Dorado}}
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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://home.ancestry.com Ancestry.com] — index and images $ 
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*'''1833 – 1991''' {{RecordSearch|1999181|California Probate Estate Files 1833-1991}} at [https://familysearch.org FamilySearch] — images
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===== County Courthouse  =====
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===== 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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**South Lake Tahoe, California
 
**South Lake Tahoe, California
  
=== Societies  ===
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==== Societies ====
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==== Taxation  ====
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{{CA Tax Intro}}
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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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*'''1860 - 1934''' - [http://genealogytrails.com/cal/eldorado/births/birthnot1.html#1860 El Dorado County Birth Notices] (Genealogy Trails)
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*'''1905 - 1930''' - [http://genealogytrails.com/cal/eldorado/births/birthindex.html Index to Birth Index by year] (Genealogy Trails)
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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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*'''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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===== 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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*'''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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==== Voting Registers  ====
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=== Genealogy Societies, Archives and Libraries ===
  
=== Taxation  ===
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'''El Dorado County Historical Society'''<br>Fountain &amp; Tallman Museum<br>524 Main Street<br> Placerville, California 95667<br>email:[mailto:edchistoricalsociety@gmail.com]<br>Phone: 530-626-0773<br>[http://www.eldoradocountyhistoricalsociety.org/ Website]<br><br>
  
=== Vital Records  ===
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'''El Dorado County Historical Society'''<br>100 Placerville Drive<br>Placerville,CA 95667<br><br>
  
==== Birth  ====
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'''El Dorado Research Society'''<br>PO Box 56<br>El Dorado,CA 95623<br><br>
  
==== Marriage  ====
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'''Heritage Association of El Dorado County'''<br> PO Box 62<br>Placerville, CA 95667<br><br>
  
For marriages from 1850-1875<br>[http://abish.byui.edu/specialCollections/westernStates/search.cfm Western States Marriage Index].
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'''Lake Tahoe Historical Society'''<br>PO Box 404 South Lake Tahoe,CA 95705<br>[http://www.laketahoemuseum.org/ Website]<br><br>
  
==== Divorce  ====
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'''Mother Lode Colony of the Society of Mayflower Descendants'''<br>3580 Four Springs Drive<br>Rescue, CA 95672-9530<br><br>
  
==== Death  ====
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'''Roots Gold Dust Genealogical Society'''<br>PO Box 1354 <br>Diamond Springs, CA 95619-1354<br><br>
  
=== Voting Registers  ===
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*[http://www.genealogyinc.com/california/ca-society-archive/ List of California Archives, Libraries, Publications, Historical &amp; Genealogical Societies]
  
== Websites  ==
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=== Websites  ===
  
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*[http://www.genealogyinc.com/california/eldorado-county/ El Dorado 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]
 
*[http://www.cagenweb.com/eldorado/ El Dorado County CAGenWeb]  
 
*[http://www.cagenweb.com/eldorado/ El Dorado County CAGenWeb]  
*[http://www.linkpendium.com/genealogy/USA/CA/El_Dorado/ Linkpendium]  
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*[http://www.linkpendium.com/el_dorado-ca-genealogy/ Linkpendium]  
 
*[http://www.usgwarchives.net/ca/eldorado/eldorado.html USGenWeb Archives]  
 
*[http://www.usgwarchives.net/ca/eldorado/eldorado.html USGenWeb Archives]  
*[http://www.usgwarchives.net/ca/eldorado/eldorado.html USGenWeb Archives] backup site
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*[https://familysearch.org/search/catalog/results?count=20&query=%2Bsubject%3ACalifornia%2C%20%2Bsubject%3AEl%20%2Bsubject%3ADorado FamilySearch Catalog]
*{{FHL|206511|subject-id|disp=FamilySearch Family History Library Catalog}}
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*[http://genealogytrails.com/cal/eldorado/ El Dorado County, California Genealogy Trails]
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*[http://ldsgenealogy.com/CA/El-Dorado-County.htm El Dorado County CA Genealogy] (LDS Genealogy)
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*[http://www.csga.com/CAResearch/Research_county.php?CountyName=El+Dorado&countycode=ElDorado El Dorado County Research, California State Genealogical Alliance]
  
== References  ==
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=== References  ===
  
 
{{reflist}}  
 
{{reflist}}  

Latest revision as of 19:59, 23 August 2017

United States
California
El Dorado County

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

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El Dorado County, California
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Map of California highlighting El Dorado 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, 1850
County Seat Placerville
Courthouse
CaliforniaElDoradoCourthouse.jpg
Address El Dorado County Courthouse
; 360 Fair Ln;
Placerville, CA 95667;
Phone 530.621.5490

El Dorado County Website


County Information

El Dorado County, California Record Dates

Beginning Dates for Major County Records[1]
Birth Marriage Death Census Land Probate
1910 1910 1909 1850 1848 1849

County Courthouse

County Clerk has divorce, probate and court records
County Recorder has birth, marriage, death burial, land and military records Historical Facts[2]

Wikipedia
Wikipedia has more about this subject: El Dorado County, California

Parent County

18 February 1850: El Dorado County was created ;as an original county. County seat: Placerville [3]

Description

The county was named is derived from the Spanish meaning "the gilded/golden". The County Seat is Placerville and was founded February 18, 1850. It is located in the East Central area 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

Fires in 1910 and 1920 destroyed most courthouse records.

Places/Localities

Populated Places

Neighboring Counties

Alpine | Amador | Placer | Sacramento | Douglas County, Nevada | Carson City (Independent City), Nevada

Resources

Bible Records

Biography

Cemeteries

Cemeteries of El Dorado, 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 El Dorado County cemeteries.

Census

For tips on accessing El Dorado 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

Directories

Ethnic, Political, or Religious Groups

Gazetteers

Genealogy

History

Local histories are available for El Dorado 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 El Dorado County, California Genealogy for emigrant settlers included:[5][6]

Military History and Records

Civil War

Regiments. Service men in El Dorado 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 El Dorado County, California Genealogy:

- 1st Battalion, California Native Cavalry (Union), Company B
- 4th Regiment, California Infantry (Union), Company F
- 5th Regiment, California Infantry (Union), Company G
- 5th Regiment, California Infantry (Union), Company H
- 7th Regiment, California Infantry (Union) , Company G
- 8th Regiment, California Infantry (Union), Company K
Spanish American War
World War I
World War II
Korean War
Vietnam War
Iraqi War

Naturalization and Citizenship

Newspapers

Additional newspapers abstracts can sometimes be found using search phrases such as El Dorado 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 - El Dorado - 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

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

Genealogy Societies, Archives and Libraries

El Dorado County Historical Society
Fountain & Tallman Museum
524 Main Street
Placerville, California 95667
email:[1]
Phone: 530-626-0773
Website

El Dorado County Historical Society
100 Placerville Drive
Placerville,CA 95667

El Dorado Research Society
PO Box 56
El Dorado,CA 95623

Heritage Association of El Dorado County
PO Box 62
Placerville, CA 95667

Lake Tahoe Historical Society
PO Box 404 South Lake Tahoe,CA 95705
Website

Mother Lode Colony of the Society of Mayflower Descendants
3580 Four Springs Drive
Rescue, CA 95672-9530

Roots Gold Dust Genealogical Society
PO Box 1354
Diamond Springs, CA 95619-1354

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), El Dorado 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, "El Dorado County," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/El_Dorado_County,_California 4/11/2017.
  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).