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Amador County, California

Amador County

Amador County was founded on May 11, 1854 from Calaveras County . This county was named in honor of Jose Maria Amador, soldier, rancher and miner, who was born in San Francisco in 1794, the son of Sergeant Pedro Amador, a Spanish soldier who settled in California in 1771. In 1848, Jose Maria Amador, with several Indians, established a successful gold mining camp near the present town of Amador. In Spanish, the word amador means “one who loves.”.

The Amador County Seat is located in Jackson also, the county government website is

Areas bordering to Amador County are Calaveras County (south), San Joaquin County (southwest), Sacramento County (west), El Dorado County (north), Alpine County (east) .

Cities and towns located in Amador County include Amador City, Ione, Jackson, Plymouth, Sutter Creek .

Other Communities in Amador County include Buckhorn, Buena Vista, Drytown, Fiddletown, Ham's Station, Martell, Pine Grove, Pioneer, Volcano .

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

  1. Most of present Amador County territory was in Calaveras County from 1850 until 1854 when it was separated to create Amador County.
  2. Territory was in El Dorado County from 1850 until 1855 when it was added to Amador County.
  3. Territory was in El Dorado County from 1850 until 1857 when it was added to Amador County.
  4. Territory was in El Dorado County from 1850 until 1863 when it was added to Amador County.

Amador 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 Amador 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.

Amador County consists of Federal Census Schedules to guide in looking into your family tree. Federal Population Schedules can be found for 1860, 1870, 1880 (free index), 1890 (fragment), 1900, 1910, 1920, 1930, 1940.

Amador Co. Mortality Schedules can be found for 1860, 1870 and 1880. Amador Co. Industry and Agriculture can be obtained for 1860, 1870 and 1880. Amador Co. Union Veterans Schedules is available for 1890. One can find free online and printable census forms to help you with your research.

Amador County Societies and Family History Resources

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

Amador County Courthouse and Government Records

Amador County Courthouse

Researchers often overlook the advantages of Amador 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 Amador 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 - After an 1862 fire destroyed the county's first courthouse as well as many of the buildings in downtown Jackson, a stone-and-brick courthouse was constructed on the original site. In 1893, a building similar in size and design was constructed next to the courthouse for use as the Hall of Records. An alley separated the two buildings until 1939, when both buildings were enclosed in an art deco exterior. The combined building is still in use as Amador's courthouse.

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 Amador County. The years indicated below are considered the first widely known records for this county. Courthouse destroyed by fire in 1862. Some records were destroyed. Land from El Dorado County was added in 1855 and again in 1857 and 1863.

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.
  • Amador County Courthouse (all departments listed below are located here, unless otherwise noted)
  • Amador 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
    • Marriage Records: 1854
    • Land Records: 1854
  • Amador 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.
    • Probate Records: 1854
    • Court Records: 1854 
  • Amador County County Treasurer / Tax Collector
  • Local Registrar of Births and Deaths, 810 Court Street, Jackson, CA 95642; Office (209) 223-6468, FAX (209) 223-6204

Amador County Links

The following are web links to Genealogy, Records and Resources relevant to Amador 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 Amador County genealogy or family history associated sites.

Amador Co. CA Books, Newspapers & Publications

Amador Co. CA Birth, Marriage & Death Records

Amador Co. CA Court, Probate Land and Tax Records

Amador Co. CA Census Records

Amador Co. CA Cemeteries & Graveyards

Amador Co. CA Church & Bible Records

Amador Co. CA Family Websites, Pictures & Histories

Amador Co. CA General and History Websites

Amador Co. CA Maps, Atlases & Gazetteers

Amador Co. CA Military Records

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