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Guide to '''Lassen 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 = Lassen County
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| state = California
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| founded year = 1864
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| founded date = April 1
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| seat = Susanville
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| building address = Lassen Superior Court Hall of Justice <br> 2610 Riverside Drive <br> Susanville, CA 96130 <br>[http://www.lassencourt.ca.gov/ '''Lassen County Website'''] }}
  
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=== County Information  ===
  
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==== Lassen 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" | '''[[Lassen County, California Genealogy#Vital_Records|Birth]]'''
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| width="16.6%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Lassen County, California Genealogy#Vital_Records|Marriage]]'''
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| width="16.6%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Lassen County, California Genealogy#Vital_Records|Death]]'''
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| width="16.6%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Lassen County, California Genealogy#Census|Census]]'''
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| width="16.6%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | [[Lassen County, California Genealogy#Land_and_Property|'''Land''']]
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| width="16.6%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Lassen County, California Genealogy#Probate_Records|Probate]]'''
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| width="16.6%" align="center" | 1870
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| width="16.6%" align="center" | 1864
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| width="16.6%" align="center" | 1850
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=== County Courthouse  ===
 
=== County Courthouse  ===
 
[http://www.lassencourt.ca.gov/ Lassen Superior Court Hall of Justice]
 
 
2610 Riverside Drive
 
 
Susanville, CA 96130
 
  
 
<br>The new Lassen Superior Court Hall of Justice opened at their new location on Riverside Drive in May of 2012.&nbsp;  
 
<br>The new Lassen Superior Court Hall of Justice opened at their new location on Riverside Drive in May of 2012.&nbsp;  
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==== Parent Counties  ====
 
==== Parent Counties  ====
  
'''1 April 1864:''' Lassen County was created from [[Plumas County, California|Plumas]] and [[Shasta County, California|Shasta]] Counties.<br>'''County seat:''' Susanville <ref name="Handybook">''The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'',10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).</ref>  
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'''1 April 1864:''' Lassen County was created from [[Plumas County, California Genealogy|Plumas]] and [[Shasta County, California Genealogy|Shasta]] Counties.<br>'''County seat:''' Susanville <ref>''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 was named from Mount Lassen which was named for Peter Lassen, one of General John C. Fremont's guides and a famous trapper, frontiersman and Indian fighter. He was murdered under mysterious circumstances near the Black Rock Desert in 1859. The County Seat is Susanville and was founded 1864. It is located in the northeastern area of the state.<ref>Genealogy Trails History Group, “Lassen County, California Genealogy and History”, http://genealogytrails.com/cal/lassen/ 5/03/2017.</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.
  
== Places/Localities  ==
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==== Records Loss  ====
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There is no known history of courthouse disasters in this county.
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=== Places/Localities  ===
  
 
==== Populated Places  ====
 
==== Populated Places  ====
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==== Neighboring Counties  ====
 
==== Neighboring Counties  ====
  
*[[Modoc County, California|Modoc]]  
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*[[Modoc County, California Genealogy|Modoc]]  
*[[Plumas County, California|Plumas]]  
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*[[Plumas County, California Genealogy|Plumas]]  
*[[Shasta County, California|Shasta]]  
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*[[Shasta County, California Genealogy|Shasta]]  
*[[Sierra County, California|Sierra]]  
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*[[Sierra County, California Genealogy|Sierra]]  
*[[Washoe County, Nevada|Washoe County, Nevada]]
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*[[Washoe County, Nevada Genealogy|Washoe County, Nevada]]
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=== Resources  ===
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==== Bible Records  ====
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==== Biography  ====
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*[http://www.usgwarchives.net/ca/lassen/bios.html Surname Index to Lassen County Biographies] (USGenWeb Archives)
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*[http://genealogytrails.com/cal/lassen/bioindex.html Lassen County Biographies] (Genealogy Trails)
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==== Cemeteries ====
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{{CA Cemeteries Intro|Lassen }}
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| colspan="2" bgcolor="#E0E0E0" style="border:1px solid black"| <center>'''Cemeteries of Lassen , 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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== Resources  ==
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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=200&GSgrid=&df=all&GSob=n Findagrave.com]
  
=== Bible Records  ===
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*[http://www.cagenweb.com/lassen/ California GenWeb]
  
=== Biography  ===
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*[http://files.usgwarchives.net/ca/lassen/cemeteries/ California Genweb Archives]
  
=== Cemeteries&nbsp;  ===
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*[http://usgwtombstones.org/california/lassen.html Tombstone Project]
  
Indian Cemetery&nbsp;
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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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Lassen Cemetery
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*{{FHL|433649|subject-id|disp=Family History Library}}
  
Susanville Cemetery
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*[http://www.worldcat.org/search?q=su%3Acemetery+Lassen+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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=== Census  ===
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*[http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=csr&CScn=&CScntry=4&CSst=6&CScnty=200 Findagrave.com]
  
{{Census|California}}
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*[https://billiongraves.com/search/results?year_range=5&action=search_cemetery&exact=true&country=United%20States&state=California&county=Lassen&cemetery_name=a# Billion Graves]
  
=== Church History and Records  ===
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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 Lassen  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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The following web site may have additional information on Lassen  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  ====
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{{Census|California}}
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*'''1870, 1920''' - [http://www.usgwarchives.net/ca/lassen/census.html Lassen County Census Records] (USGenWeb Archives)
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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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*Westwood
 
*Westwood
  
=== Court Records  ===
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*[http://www.tipurdy.org/archives/files/lassen-superior-court-defendant-index/ Lassen Superior Court Defendant Index] (Tim Purdy Presents Exploring Lassen County's Past and more)
  
=== Crime and Criminals  ===
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=== Directories  ===
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==== Directories  ====
  
=== Ethnic, Political, or Religious Groups  ===
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==== Ethnic, Political, or Religious Groups  ====
  
=== Gazetteers  ===
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==== Gazetteers  ====
  
=== Genealogy  ===
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==== Genealogy  ====
  
=== History  ===
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==== History  ====
  
=== Land and Property  ===
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{{CA History Intro}}
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*[http://www.usgwarchives.net/ca/lassen/history.html Index to Lassen County Historical Records] (USGenWeb Archives)
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*[http://www.cagenweb.com/lassen/his.htm Lassen County History] (CAGenWeb Project)
  
=== Maps ===
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==== Land and Property ====
  
=== Migration  ===
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{{CA Land Intro}}
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*[http://files.usgwarchives.net/ca/lassen/land/lassen.txt Lassen County Index to Federal Land Patents] (USGenWeb Archives)
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==== Maps  ====
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*[http://www.mapofus.org/california/ Maps of California (1850-1925)]
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[[Image:Calassen.png|center|200px|Calassen.png]]
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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  
 
:*'''''[[California Trail]]''''' 1844 to 1869 from western Missouri to northern California  
::*The '''''Lassen Cutoff''''' 1848 was established by [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/California_Gold_Rush gold rushers] from [[Oregon|Oregon]] going to [[California|California]]. It branched off the [[Applegate Trail]] at [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Davis_Creek,_California Davis Creek], went through [http://www.fs.fed.us/rangelands/ecology/wildhorseburro/territories/DevilsGardenPlateau.shtml Devil's Garden] to the [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pit_River Pit River] passing east of [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mt._Lassen Mt. Lassen], and turning west to [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rancho_Bosquejo Lassen Rancho, California], and from there to [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sacramento,_California Sacramento]. In some years as much as 1/3 of emigrants mistakenly took the Applegate Trail-Lassen Cutoff, a much longer and more difficult trail than the Truckee or Carson routes.  
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::*The '''''Lassen Cutoff''''' 1848 was established by [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/California_Gold_Rush gold rushers] from [[Oregon, United States Genealogy|Oregon]] going to [[California Genealogy|California]]. It branched off the [[Applegate Trail]] at [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Davis_Creek,_California Davis Creek], went through [http://www.fs.fed.us/rangelands/ecology/wildhorseburro/territories/DevilsGardenPlateau.shtml Devil's Garden] to the [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pit_River Pit River] passing east of [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mt._Lassen Mt. Lassen], and turning west to [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rancho_Bosquejo Lassen Rancho, California], and from there to [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sacramento,_California Sacramento]. In some years as much as 1/3 of emigrants mistakenly took the Applegate Trail-Lassen Cutoff, a much longer and more difficult trail than the Truckee or Carson routes.  
 
::*'''''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]  
 
::*'''''Nobles Road''''' 1851 from the [[Applegate Trail]] at Rabbithole Springs in the Black Rock Desert of Nevada to [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mount_Shasta,_California Shasta City, California]
 
::*'''''Nobles Road''''' 1851 from the [[Applegate Trail]] at Rabbithole Springs in the Black Rock Desert of Nevada to [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mount_Shasta,_California Shasta City, California]
  
=== Military History and Records  ===
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=== Naturalization and Citizenship  ===
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===== Civil War =====
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*'''1883''' - [http://genealogytrails.com/cal/lassen/1883pensioners.html Lassen County List of Pensioners on the Roll, January 1, 1883] (Genealogy Trails)
  
=== Newspapers  ===
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===== World War I =====
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*[http://genealogytrails.com/cal/lassen/ww1.html Lassen County World War I Era Honor Roll] (Genealogy Trails)
  
=== Obituaries  ===
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===== World War II =====
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*[http://www.usgwarchives.net/ca/lassen/military.html Lassen County, Index to World War II Army Enlistees] (USGenWeb Archives)
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*[http://www.genealogytrails.com/cal/ww2honorlist3.html#Lassen Lassen County World War II Honor List of Dead and Missing Army and Army Air Forces Personnel] (Genealogy Trails)
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*[http://genealogytrails.com/cal/lassen/ww2.html Lassen County World War II Era Honor Roll] (Genealogy Trails)
  
=== Periodicals  ===
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===== Korean War =====
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*[http://genealogytrails.com/cal/lassen/korea.html Lassen County Korean War Veterans Honor Roll] (Genealogy Trails)
  
=== Probate Records  ===
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===== Vietnam War =====
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*[http://genealogytrails.com/cal/lassen/vietnam.html Lassen County Vietnam War Honor Roll] (Genealogy Trails)
  
=== Repositories ===
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==== Naturalization and Citizenship ====
  
==== Archives, Libraries and Museums ====
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==== Newspapers ====
  
==== County Courthouse  ====
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{{CA Newspaper abstracts|Lassen}}
  
==== Family History Centers  ====
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==== Obituaries  ====
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*[http://www.tipurdy.org/archives/files/lassen-county-obituary-index/ Lassen County Obituary Index] (Tim Purdy Presents Exploring Lassen County's Past and more)
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*[http://genealogytrails.com/cal/lassen/obitindex.html Index to Lassen County Obituaries] (Genealogy Trails)
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*[http://www.usgwarchives.net/ca/lassen/obits.html Lassen County Obituaries] (USGenWeb Archives)
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==== Probate Records  ====
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{{CA Probate Intro|Lassen}}
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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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*'''1891 - 1955''' - [http://www.sampubco.com/wills/ca/calassen.htm Lassen 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
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*[http://www.citlink.net/~lahontan/archivelinks/Probate.htm Index to Lassen County Probate Records] (Tim I. Purdy Presents Exploring Lassen County's Past and more . . .)
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===== County Courthouse  =====
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{{FamilySearch Centers Intro}}
  
 
*[[Introduction to LDS Family History Centers]]  
 
*[[Introduction to LDS Family History Centers]]  
 
*[[Susanville California Family History Center]]
 
*[[Susanville California Family History Center]]
  
=== 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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*'''1870 - 1940''' - [http://genealogytrails.com/cal/lassen/birthnotindex.html Lassen County Birth Notices] (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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*'''1889 - 1940''' - [http://genealogytrails.com/cal/lassen/marrnotindex.html Lassen County Marriage Notices] (Genealogy Trails)
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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
  
=== Taxation ===
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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
  
=== Vital Records ===
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==== Voting Registers ====
  
==== Birth ====
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=== Genealogy Societies, Archives and Libraries ===
  
==== Marriage  ====
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'''Lassen County Historical Society'''<br>P.O. Box 321<br>Susanville 96130<br>Phone:530-257-2996<br><br>
  
==== Divorce  ====
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'''Lassen Historical Museum'''<br>105 N. Weatherlow Street<br> P.O. Box 321<br> Susanville, CA 96130<br>Phone (530) 257-4584 <br>[http://www.genealogyinc.com/california/lassen-county/#sthash.v73lFP8L.dpuf Website]<br><br>
  
==== Death  ====
 
  
=== 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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*[http://www.genealogyinc.com/california/lassen-county/ Lassen 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/lassen/ Lassen County CAGenWeb]  
 
*[http://www.cagenweb.com/lassen/ Lassen County CAGenWeb]  
 
*[http://www.linkpendium.com/genealogy/USA/CA/Lassen/ Linkpendium]  
 
*[http://www.linkpendium.com/genealogy/USA/CA/Lassen/ Linkpendium]  
*[http://www.usgwarchives.net/ca/lassen/lassen.html USGenWeb Archives]  
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*[http://www.usgwarchives.net/ca/lassen/lassen.html USGenWeb Archives
*[http://www.usgwarchives.net/ca/lassen/lassen.html USGenWeb Archives] backup site
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*[https://familysearch.org/search/catalog/results?count=20&query=%2Bsubject%3Acalifornia%2C%20%2Bsubject%3Alassen FamilySearch Catalog]
*{{FHL|206576|subject-id|disp=FamilySearch Family History Library Catalog}}
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*[http://genealogytrails.com/cal/lassen/ Lassen County, California Genealogy Trails]
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*[http://ldsgenealogy.com/CA/Lassen-County.htm Lassen County CA Genealogy] (LDS Genealogy)
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*[http://www.csga.com/CAResearch/Research_county.php?CountyName=Lassen&countycode=Lassen Lassen County Research, California State Genealogical Alliance]
  
== References  ==
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=== References  ===
  
 
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Latest revision as of 20:41, 23 August 2017

United States
California
Lassen County

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

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Lassen County, California
Map
Map of California highlighting Lassen County
Location in the state of California
Map of the U.S. highlighting California
Location of California in the U.S.
Facts
Founded April 1, 1864
County Seat Susanville
Courthouse
CaliforniaLassenCourthouse.jpg
Address Lassen Superior Court Hall of Justice
2610 Riverside Drive
Susanville, CA 96130
Lassen County Website


County Information

Lassen County, California Record Dates

Beginning Dates for Major County Records[1]
Birth Marriage Death Census Land Probate
1870 1864 1870 1850 1870 1864

County Courthouse


The new Lassen Superior Court Hall of Justice opened at their new location on Riverside Drive in May of 2012. 

The County Clerk and Recorder's Office is in the old courthouse located at 220 S. Lassen Street, Susanville, CA  96130 (phone 530.251.8216).  The County Clerk has divorce, probate court and naturalization records from 1864. The County Recorder has marriage records from 1864, land records from 1857, birth and death records from 1907, some prior to 1907 but incomplete before 1929.[2]

Historical Facts

Wikipedia
Wikipedia has more about this subject: Lassen County, California

Parent Counties

1 April 1864: Lassen County was created from Plumas and Shasta Counties.
County seat: Susanville [3]

Description

The county was named from Mount Lassen which was named for Peter Lassen, one of General John C. Fremont's guides and a famous trapper, frontiersman and Indian fighter. He was murdered under mysterious circumstances near the Black Rock Desert in 1859. The County Seat is Susanville and was founded 1864. It is located in the northeastern 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

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

Places/Localities

Populated Places

Neighboring Counties

Resources

Bible Records

Biography

Cemeteries

Cemeteries of Lassen , 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 Lassen County cemeteries.

Census

For tips on accessing Lassen 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

  • Susanville
  • Westwood

Court Records

Crime and Criminals

Directories

Ethnic, Political, or Religious Groups

Gazetteers

Genealogy

History

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

Military History and Records

Civil War
World War I
World War II
Korean War
Vietnam War

Naturalization and Citizenship

Newspapers

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

Lassen County Historical Society
P.O. Box 321
Susanville 96130
Phone:530-257-2996

Lassen Historical Museum
105 N. Weatherlow Street
P.O. Box 321
Susanville, CA 96130
Phone (530) 257-4584
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), Lassen County, California. Page 85 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. Genealogy Trails History Group, “Lassen County, California Genealogy and History”, http://genealogytrails.com/cal/lassen/ 5/03/2017.
  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).