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Butte County, California Facts

Butte County

When was Butte County, CA Created?
Butte County was established on February 18, 1850 as an original county . This county was derived from the Marysville or Sutter Buttes, which lay within the boundaries when it was created. The word butte is derived from the Teutonic word meaning “a blunt extension or elevation.” In the French language, it signifies “a small hill or mound of earth detached from any mountain range.” .

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

What counties are adjacent to Butte County, CA?
Bordering Counties are Yuba County, Sutter County, Colusa County, Glenn County, Tehama County, Plumas County .

What cities and towns are in Butte County, CA?
Cities and towns located in the County include Biggs, Chico, Gridley, Oroville, Paradise .

Butte County, CA Vital Records

Where can find Butte County Birth, marriage, Divorce and Death Records?
Butte 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 Butte 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, 202 Mira Loma Drive, Room 133, Oroville, CA 95965-3500; Office (530) 538-7581, FAX (530) 538-7023

Butte County, CA Census Records

What Butte County, CA census records are available?
There are many types of census records for Butte County guide you in researching your family tree. Federal Population Schedules are available for 1850, 1860, 1870, 1880 (free index), 1890 (fragment), 1900, 1910, 1920, 1930, 1940.

Butte Co. Mortality Schedules can be found for 1850, 1860, 1870 and 1880. Butte Co. Industry and Agriculture can be obtained for 1850, 1860, 1870 and 1880. Butte 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.

Butte County, CA Courthouse and Government Records

Butte County Courthouse

What genealogical records can I find in the Butte County Courthouse?
The below facts shows exactly what death, marriage, birth, property, wills, and court records are typically in Butte 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 Butte County Courthouse
  • Butte County Courthouse (Completed 1856, all departments listed below are located here, unless otherwise noted)
  • Butte 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: 1859
    • Marriage Records: 1851
    • Land Records: 1846
  • Butte 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: 1850 
    • Court Records: 1850 
  • Early California Wills
  • BLM Land Records

Butte County, CA Societies and Family History Resources

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

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

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

Butte Co. CA Books, Newspapers & Publications

Butte Co. CA Cemeteries & Church Records

Butte Co. CA Family Websites, Pictures & Histories

Butte Co. CA General and History Websites

Butte Co. CA Maps, Atlases & Gazetteers

Butte Co. CA Military Records

Butte Co. CA Schools & Directories

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