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''[[United States|United States]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[California|California]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] Sierra County''  
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''[[United States|United States]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png|go to]] [[California|California]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png|go to]] Sierra County''
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Guide to '''Sierra County California genealogy.''' Birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.
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[[Image:Sierra+Buttes+2011.jpg|left|645px|Sierra Buttes 2011]]<br>
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{| width="645" cellspacing="1" cellpadding="1" border="2"
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| width="645" bgcolor="#ccff66" align="center" colspan="6" | '''Dates for major county records'''
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| width="16.6%" valign="middle" | <center>'''Birth'''</center>
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| width="16.6%" align="center" | <center>'''Marriage'''</center>
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| width="16.6%" valign="middle" | <center>'''Death'''</center>
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| width="16.6%" valign="middle" | <center>'''Census'''</center>
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| width="16.6%" valign="middle" | <center>'''Land'''</center>
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| width="16.6%" valign="middle" | <center>'''Probate'''</center>
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| width="16.6%" valign="middle" style="height: 25px;" | 1857-present<br>
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| width="16.6%" valign="middle" style="height: 25px;" | 1853-present
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| width="16.6%" valign="middle" style="height: 25px;" | 1873-present
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| width="16.6%" valign="middle" style="height: 25px;" | 1850-present
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| width="16.6%" valign="middle" style="height: 25px;" | 1852-present
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| width="16.6%" valign="middle" style="height: 25px;" | 1852-present
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| width="100%" bgcolor="#99d6ff" colspan="6" | '''For earlier dates, try...'''
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April 16, 1852: Sierra County was created from the County of Yuba. In 1866 additional land was added from Yuba County and in 1863 and 1866 land was gained from Plumas County. Look for&nbsp; records in both Yuba County and Pumas County. <br>
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*Sierra&nbsp; County, California '''residents''' may also have records in<br>'''Neighboring Counties:''' [[Lassen County, California|Lassen]][[Orange County, California|Orange County]] &#124; [[Plumas County, California|Plumas]] &#124; [[Nevada County, California|Nevada]] &#124; [[Yuba County, California|Yuba]] &#124; [[Washoe County, Nevada|Washoe County, Nevada]]
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*[http://www.cagenweb.com/sierra/ Sierra County, California GenWeb]
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*[http://www.huntington.org/Information/ECPPmain.htm Early California Population Project]<br>
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{{CADC}}
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{{Infobox U.S. County
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| county = Sierra County
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| county_map = California Sierra Map.png
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| state = California
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| founded year = 1852
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| founded date = April 16
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| seat = Downieville
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| building address =  Sierra County Courthouse<br>100 Courthouse Sq Ste 11<br>PO Box D Suite 11<br>Downieville, CA 95936<br>Phone 530.289.6295
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<br>[http://www.sierracounty.ws/ '''Sierra County Website'''] }}
  
 
=== County Courthouse  ===
 
=== County Courthouse  ===
  
=== Quick Facts  ===
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County Recorder has birth records from 1857, <br>marriage and&nbsp;land records from 1852 and death <br>records from 1862,&nbsp; Superior Court has divorce <br>probate and court records and naturalization <br>records from 1852<ref name="HBG">''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'', 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Sierra County, California. Page 87{{WorldCat|50140092|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|1049485|item|disp=FHL Book 973 D27e 2002}}.</ref>&nbsp;
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=== Historical Facts  ===
  
 
{{Wikipedia|Sierra County, California}}  
 
{{Wikipedia|Sierra County, California}}  
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== Resources  ==
 
== Resources  ==
  
=== Archives and Libraries ===
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=== Bible Records  ===
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=== Biography  ===
  
 
=== Cemeteries  ===
 
=== Cemeteries  ===
  
=== Church History and Records ===
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=== Census  ===
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{{Census|California}}
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=== Church History and Records ===
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{{CA Church Intro}}
  
 
=== Court Records  ===
 
=== Court Records  ===
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=== Crime and Criminals  ===
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=== Directories  ===
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=== Ethnic, Political, or Religious Groups  ===
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==== Germans  ====
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=== Gazetteers  ===
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=== Genealogy  ===
  
 
=== History  ===
 
=== History  ===
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{{CA History Intro}}
  
 
=== Land and Property  ===
 
=== Land and Property  ===
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{{CA Land Intro}}
  
 
=== Maps  ===
 
=== Maps  ===
  
=== Military History and Records ===
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=== Migration  ===
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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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:*'''''[[California Trail]]''''' 1844 to 1869 from western Missouri to northern California
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::*'''''Truckee (River) Trail''''' 1844 crossed the [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Forty_Mile_Desert#Forty_Mile_Desert Forty Mile Desert] to the [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Truckee_River Truckee River] to follow it west past [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Reno,_Nevada Reno, Nevada] to [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Donner_Pass Donner Pass] to [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Emigrant_Gap Emigrant Gap] to [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sutter%27s_Fort Sutter's Fort] ([http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sacramento,_California Sacramento, California]). The exact route varied over the years, the most used being the Nevada City Road and Auburn Emigrant Road combination.
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::*'''''Henness Pass Road''''' 1850 branched off the Truckee Trail at [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Verdi,_Nevada Verdi, Nevada] headed for [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Camptonville,_California Camptonville] and steamboat service at [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marysville,_California Marysville, California]. In 1860 it became a major route to the [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Comstock_Lode Comstock Lode silver mines] in [[Nevada|Nevada]].
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::*'''''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]
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=== Military History and Records ===
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=== Naturalization and Citizenship  ===
  
 
=== Newspapers  ===
 
=== Newspapers  ===
  
=== Probate Records  ===
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{{CA Newspaper abstracts|Sierra}}
  
=== Taxation ===
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*NewspaperArchive.com ($) has a collection of digitized [http://www.newspaperarchive.com/BrowseLocations.aspx?cntry=7&st=63&ci=24394 Reno, Nevada newspapers] going back to 1870 that may include residents from Sierra County. This database is sometimes free at libraries.
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=== Obituaries  ===
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=== Periodicals  ===
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=== Probate Records ===
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{{CA Probate Intro|Sierra}}
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=== Repositories  ===
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==== Archives, Libraries and Museums  ====
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==== County Courthouse  ====
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==== Family History Centers  ====
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*[[Introduction to LDS Family History Centers]]
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=== Societies  ===
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=== Taxation ===
  
 
=== Vital Records ===
 
=== Vital Records ===
  
== Societies, Libraries and Museums ==
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{{CA Vital Intro}}
  
 
== Websites  ==
 
== Websites  ==
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*[http://www.linkpendium.com/genealogy/USA/CA/Sierra/ Linkpendium]  
 
*[http://www.linkpendium.com/genealogy/USA/CA/Sierra/ Linkpendium]  
 
*[http://www.usgwarchives.net/ca/sierra/sierra.html USGenWeb Archives]  
 
*[http://www.usgwarchives.net/ca/sierra/sierra.html USGenWeb Archives]  
*[http://www.usgwarchives.org/ca/sierra/sierra.html USGenWeb Archives] backup site  
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*[http://www.usgwarchives.net/ca/sierra/sierra.html USGenWeb Archives] backup site  
*[http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=localitydetails&subject=206958 FamilySearch Family History Library Catalog]
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*{{FHL|206958|subject-id|disp=FamilySearch Family History Library Catalog}}
  
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Revision as of 01:54, 28 June 2013

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

Sierra Buttes 2011

Dates for major county records
Birth
Marriage
Death
Census
Land
Probate
1857-present
1853-present 1873-present 1850-present 1852-present 1852-present
For earlier dates, try...

April 16, 1852: Sierra County was created from the County of Yuba. In 1866 additional land was added from Yuba County and in 1863 and 1866 land was gained from Plumas County. Look for  records in both Yuba County and Pumas County.

Remember these collections


Hand and keyboard.jpg California
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Sierra County, California
Map
Map of California highlighting Sierra County
Location in the state of California
Map of the U.S. highlighting California
Location of California in the U.S.
Facts
Founded April 16, 1852
County Seat Downieville
Courthouse
Address Sierra County Courthouse
100 Courthouse Sq Ste 11
PO Box D Suite 11
Downieville, CA 95936
Phone 530.289.6295


Sierra County Website


County Courthouse

County Recorder has birth records from 1857,
marriage and land records from 1852 and death
records from 1862,  Superior Court has divorce
probate and court records and naturalization
records from 1852[1] 

Historical Facts

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

Parent County

16 April 1852: Sierra County was created 16 April 1852 from Yuba County. County seat: Downieville [2]

Boundary Changes

Record Loss

1947: Courthouse burned and many records were damaged.

For further information on researching in burned counties, see the following:

Places/Localities

Populated Places

Neighboring Counties

Resources

Bible Records

Biography

Cemeteries

Census

For tips on accessing Sierra 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

Germans

Gazetteers

Genealogy

History

Local histories are available for Sierra 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

Migration

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

Military History and Records

Naturalization and Citizenship

Newspapers

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

  • NewspaperArchive.com ($) has a collection of digitized Reno, Nevada newspapers going back to 1870 that may include residents from Sierra County. This database is sometimes free at libraries.

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 - Sierra - Probate records.

Repositories

Archives, Libraries and Museums

County Courthouse

Family History Centers

Societies

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.

Websites

References

  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Sierra County, California. Page 87At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  2. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).
  3. National Park Service, "California Trail" (map) in California National Historic Trail at http://www.nps.gov/cali/planyourvisit/upload/CALImap1-web.pdf (accessed 5 August 2011).
  4. Wikipedia contributors, "California Trail" in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/California_Trail (accessed 5 August 2012).