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Alpine County, California
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Alpine County, California Facts

Alpine County

When was Alpine County, CA Created?
Alpine County was established 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.

What is the County Seat of Alpine County, CA?
The County Seat is located in Markleeville also, the county government website is

What counties are adjacent to Alpine County, CA?
Bordering Counties are Mono County, Tuolumne County, Calaveras County, Amador County, El Dorado County, Douglas County, Nevada .

What cities and towns are in Alpine County, CA?
Cities and towns located in the County include Alpine Village, Bear Valley, Kirkwood, Markleeville, Mesa Vista .

Alpine County, CA Vital Records

Where can find Alpine County Birth, marriage, Divorce and Death Records?
Alpine County vital records can be found at the California Office of Vital Records has copies of birth and death records from July 1905, marriage records that occurred from 1949-1986 and 1998-1999, divorce records that occurred between 1962 and June, 1984. 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.

Vital Records can also be found in the Local Registrar of Births and Death, County Administration Building, 99 Water Street, Mail to: P.O. Box 155, Markleeville, CA 96120; Office (530) 694-2283

Alpine County, CA Census Records

What Alpine County, CA census records are available?
There are many types of census records for Alpine County guide you in researching your family tree. Federal Population Schedules are available 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.

Another California census is the California State Census in 1852. One can find free online and printable census forms to help you with your research. See Also California Census Records Research Guide.

Alpine County, CA Courthouse and Government Records

Alpine County Courthouse

What genealogical records can I find in the Alpine County Courthouse?
The below facts shows exactly what death, marriage, birth, property, wills, and court records are typically in Alpine County. The years listed below are the first noted records with this county. 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. See Also California Corthouse Records Research Guide.

Old Alpine County Courthouse
  • 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
  • Early California Wills
  • BLM Land Records

Alpine County, CA Societies and Family History Resources

What genealogical and historical societies, archives, museums, associations and libraries are available for Alpine County, CA?
A list of Alpine County Historical  and Genealogical Societies, Libraries, Archives. See also list of Statewide Californiia Archives, Historical & Genealogical Societies.

Where can I connect with other Alpine County, CA Researchers through message boards and forums?

What other genealogical resources are available in Alpine County, CA?
The following are web links to Genealogy, Records and Resources pertaining 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.

Alpine Co. CA Books, Newspapers & Publications

Alpine Co. CA Cemeteries & Church 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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