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Calaveras County, California
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Calaveras County, California Facts

Calaveras County

When was Calaveras County, CA Created?
Calaveras County was established on  February 18, 1850 as an original county . This county was named from the Calaveras River which was reportedly so designated by an early explorer when he found, on the banks of the stream, many skulls of Indians who had either died of famine or had been killed in tribal conflicts over hunting and fishing grounds. The meaning of the word calaveras is “skulls.”

What is the County Seat of Calaveras County, CA?
The County Seat is located in San Andreas also, the county government website is

What counties are adjacent to Calaveras County, CA?
Bordering Counties are Stanislaus County, San Joaquin County, Amador County, Alpine County, Tuolumne County (south & southeast) .

What cities and towns are in Calaveras County, CA?
Cities and towns located in the County include Angels Camp, Arnold, Avery, Copperopolis, Dorrington, Forest Meadows, Glencoe, Mokelumne Hill, Mountain Ranch, Murphys, Rail Road Flat, Rancho Calaveras, San Andreas, Sheep Ranch, Vallecito, Valley Springs, Wallace, West Point .

Calaveras County, CA Vital Records

Where can find Calaveras County Birth, marriage, Divorce and Death Records?
Calaveras 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 Calaveras 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, Government Center, 891 Mountain Ranch Road, San Andreas, CA 95249; Office (209) 754-6372, FAX (209) 754-6733

Calaveras County, CA Census Records

What Calaveras County, CA census records are available?
There are many types of census records for Calaveras 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.

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

Calaveras County, CA Courthouse and Government Records

Calaveras County Courthouse

What genealogical records can I find in the Calaveras County Courthouse?
The below facts shows exactly what death, marriage, birth, property, wills, and court records are typically in Calaveras 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 Calaveras County Courthouse

First Calaveras County Courthouse
  • Calaveras County Courthouse (Completed 1867, all departments listed below are located here, unless otherwise noted)
  • Calaveras 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: 1858
    • Marriage Records: 1854
    • Land Records: 1850
  • Calaveras 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: 1866 
    • Court Records: 1850 
  • Early California Wills
  • BLM Land Records

Calaveras County, CA Societies and Family History Resources

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

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

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

Calaveras Co. CA Books, Newspapers & Publications

Calaveras Co. CA Cemeteries & Church Records

Calaveras Co. CA Family Websites, Pictures & Histories

Calaveras Co. CA General and History Websites

Calaveras Co. CA Maps, Atlases & Gazetteers

Calaveras Co. CA Military Records

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