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Alpine County, California

Alpine County

Alpine County was founded on March 16, 1864 from Amador County, El Dorado County, Calaveras County, Mono County and Tuolumne County . This county was named for the English word alpine meaning “of, pertaining to, or connected with, the Alps.” Its geographical position, lying as it does on the crest of the Sierra Nevada mountains, makes it particularly an alpine county, and hence its name.

The Alpine County Seat is located in Markleeville also, the county government website is

Areas bordering to Alpine County are Mono County (east), Tuolumne County (south), Calaveras County (southwest), Amador County (west), El Dorado County (northwest), Douglas County, Nevada (north) .

Cities and towns located in Alpine County include Alpine Village, Bear Valley, Kirkwood, Markleeville, Mesa Vista .

Since its creation Alpine County boundries have changed to include these:

  1. Territory was in El Dorado County from 1850 to 1864 when it was moved to Alpine County.
  2. Territory in El Dorado County from 1850 to 1863, was in Amador County from 1863 to 1864 when it was moved to Alpine County.
  3. Territory in Calaveras County from 1850 to 1854, was in Amador County from 1854 to 1864 when it was moved to Alpine County.
  4. Territory was in Calaveras County from 1850 until 1864 when it was moved to Alpine County.
  5. Territory in Calaveras County from 1850 to 1861, was in Mono County from 1861 to 1864 when it was moved to Alpine County.
  6. Territory was in Tuolumne County from 1850 to 1864 when it was moved to Alpine County.

Alpine County vital records can be found at the California Office of Vital Records has copies of birth, marriage, divorce and death records. There is a fee for each copy requested. Please refer to the information to the Statewide Vital Records in California for current fees and application process.

You can search online for Alpine County Birth, Marriage, Divorce or Death Records. You can also Order Electronically Online or can download an application for California Birth Certificate, Marriage or Divorce Certificate, Death Certificate Applications to mail.

Alpine County consists of Federal Census Schedules to guide in looking into your family tree. Federal Population Schedules can be found for 1870, 1880 (free index), 1890 (fragment), 1900, 1910, 1920, 1930, 1940.

Alpine Co. Mortality Schedules can be found for 1870 and 1880. Alpine Co. Industry and Agriculture can be obtained for 1870 and 1880. Alpine Co. Union Veterans Schedules is available for 1890. One can find free online and printable census forms to help you with your research.

Alpine County Societies and Family History Resources

A list of Alpine County Historical  and Genealogical Societies, Forums, Message Boards, Libraries, Archives.

Alpine County Courthouse and Government Records

Alpine County Courthouse

Researchers often overlook the advantages of Alpine County court, probate, and land files as a useful resource of genealogical details. Hidden away in California courthouses and archives everywhere tend to be the dreams and frustrations of the many California inhabitants.

The possibilities are great that your potential forefathers have left a detailed document of at least a number of facets of their lives in the Alpine County court records. Even if your ancestors is not mentioned in a Court case, contemplate all of the other methods that could have lead to her or him showing up in court records.

Courthouse History - Alpine County Courthouse (Completed 1875) Originally part of the Territory of Utah and then the Territory of Nevada, Alpine was recognized as part of California following an 1863 survey of state boundaries. Alpine's first county seat, Silver Mountain City, was abandoned in 1873 after the demonetization of silver, and the county government moved to Markleeville. This building, originally the Odd Fellows Hall, was used as the courthouse until 1928, when the courts moved to a more modern facility.

Some counties encompass land settled in the eighteenth century; their records pre-date county formation. Land transactions and vital records recorded in the county are at the county recorder's office. The county clerk general has probate books and files from the county's superior court, civil court records, and naturalizations. Divorces may be in either place, depending on how filed.

The following facts indicates whatever marriage, birth, death, land, wills, and court records will be in Alpine County. The years indicated below are considered the first widely known records for this county.

Remember to get in touch with the clerk's dept to verify hours, mailing address, fees and other specifics prior to visiting or seeking information because of in some cases changing contact details. The Department Offices DO NOT DO RESEARCH. The data files are readily available to interested parties, barring private issues. A good number of employees will assist persons in obtaining the materials, but it's up to the person to do the research.
  • Alpine County Courthouse (all departments listed below are located here, unless otherwise noted)
  • Alpine County Recorder-Clerk is s responsible for examination and recording of all documents presented for recording that deal with establishing ownership of land in the County or as required by statute; administers the real property transfer tax law and maintains a permanent record and indexes of all documents for public viewing plus providing certified copies requested by the public; recording of all lawful documents such as deeds, deeds of trust, judgments, liens, affidavits, Uniform Commercial Code Financial Statements, etc; and the filing of Births, Deaths, and Marriages.
    • Birth / Death Records: 1873 / 1864
    • Marriage Records: 1864
    • Land Records: 1864
  • Alpine County Clerk of Superior Court has probate books and files from the county's superior court, civil court records, and naturalizations. Divorces may be here or in the Recorders Office, depending on how it was filed.
    • Address: 14777 State Route 89 P.O. Box 518, Markleeville, CA 96120
    • Phone: 530-694-2113
    • Probate Records: 1864 
    • Court Records: 1864
  • Alpine County County Treasurer / Tax Collector
  • Local Registrar of Births and Deaths, County Administration Building, 99 Water Street, Mail to: P.O. Box 155, Markleeville, CA 96120; Office (530) 694-2283

Alpine County Links

The following are web links to Genealogy, Records and Resources relevant to Alpine County. A majority of these genealogy links fall into 3 categories: Business Sites, Private Sites or Organization Sites. Some have free access some require a payment. This is basically a listing which has been gathered or submitted. I do not recommend or promote one genealogy site above another. Feel free to suggest your own preferred Alpine County genealogy or family history associated sites.

Alpine Co. CA Books, Newspapers & Publications

Alpine Co. CA Birth, Marriage & Death Records

Alpine Co. CA Court, Probate Land and Tax Records

Alpine Co. CA Census Records

Alpine Co. CA Cemeteries & Graveyards

Alpine Co. CA Church & Bible Records

Alpine Co. CA Family Websites, Pictures & Histories

Alpine Co. CA General and History Websites

Alpine Co. CA Maps, Atlases & Gazetteers

Alpine Co. CA Military Records

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