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Amador County, California Facts

Amador County

When was Amador County, CA Created?
Amador County was established 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.”.

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

What counties are adjacent to Amador County, CA?
Bordering Counties are Calaveras County, San Joaquin County, Sacramento County, El Dorado County, Alpine County .

What cities and towns are in Amador County, CA?
Cities and towns located in the County include Amador City, Ione, Jackson, Plymouth, Sutter Creek .

Amador County, CA Vital Records

Where can find Amador County Birth, marriage, Divorce and Death Records?
Amador 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 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.

Vital Records can also be found in the Local Registrar of Births and Death, 810 Court Street, Jackson, CA 95642; Office (209) 223-6468, FAX (209) 223-6204

Amador County, CA Census Records

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

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.

Amador County, CA Courthouse and Government Records

Amador County Courthouse

What genealogical records can I find in the Amador County Courthouse?
The below facts shows exactly what death, marriage, birth, property, wills, and court records are typically in Amador 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 Amador County Courthouse
  • 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 
  • Early California Wills
  • BLM Land Records

Amador County, CA Societies and Family History Resources

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

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

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

Amador Co. CA Books, Newspapers & Publications

Amador Co. CA Cemeteries & Church 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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