Colusa County, California
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Colusa County

Colusa County was founded on February 18, 1850 as one of the original 27 counties . This county was named for two Mexican land grants; Coluses (1844) and Colus (1845). The name of the county in the original state legislative act was spelled Colusi, and often in newspapers was spelled Coluse. The word is derived from the name of an Indian tribe living on the west side of the Sacramento River.

The Colusa County Seat is located in Colusa also, the county government website is http://www.countyofcolusa.org/

Areas bordering to Colusa County are Yolo County (south), Lake County (west), Glenn County (north), Butte County (northeast), Sutter County (east) .

Cities and towns located in Colusa County include Colusa, Williams .

Other Communities in Colusa County include College City, Grimes, Maxwell, Princeton, Sites, Stonyford .

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

  1. A small portion of its present territory has been in Colusa County since 1850.
  2. Territory was in Colusa County from 1850 to 1891 when the territory was moved to Glenn County at the time of its formation, then returned to Colusa County in 1893.
  3. Territory was in Butte County from 1850 to 1856 when it was added to Colusa County.
  4. Territory in Sutter County from 1850 to 1851, was in Butte County from 1851 when it was added to Colusa County.
  5. Territory was in Sutter County from 1850 to 1856 when it was added to Colusa County.
  6. Most of present Colusa County was in Yolo County from 1850 to 1851 when the teritory was added to Colusa County.

Colusa 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 Colusa 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.

Colusa County consists of Federal Census Schedules to guide in looking into your family tree. Federal Population Schedules can be found for 1850, 1860, 1870, 1880 (free index), 1890 (fragment), 1900, 1910, 1920, 1930, 1940.

Colusa Co. Mortality Schedules can be found for 1850, 1860, 1870 and 1880. Colusa Co. Industry and Agriculture can be obtained for 1850, 1860, 1870 and 1880. Colusa Co. Union Veterans Schedules is available for 1890. One can find free online and printable census forms to help you with your research.

Colusa County Societies and Family History Resources

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

Colusa County Courthouse and Government Records


Colusa County Courthouse

Researchers often overlook the advantages of Colusa 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 Colusa 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 - Colusa's courthouse has served continuously as the seat of justice and government in the county since 1861 and is one of California's oldest working courthouses. Five of the six lots for the courthouse site were donated by Colonel Charles D. Semple, who erroneously expected that county supervisors would forgive his tax bill in exchange for the gift. In the entrance hall of the Classical Revival building stands a statue of George Washington, a gift to the county recognizing the donations of local citizens to the construction fund for the Washington Monument in the nation's capital.

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 Colusa County. The years indicated below are considered the first widely known records for this county. Attached to Butte County for administration until it was organized in 1851. Land was later added from counties Yolo (1851), Butte (1856), and Sutter (1856).

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.
  • Colusa County Courthouse (all departments listed below are located here, unless otherwise noted)
  • Colusa 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: 1853
    • Land Records: 1844
  • Colusa 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: 1851 
    • Court Records: 1851 
  • Colusa County County Treasurer / Tax Collector
  • Local Registrar of Births and Deaths, 251 East Webster Street, Colusa, CA 95932; Office (530) 458-0380, FAX (530) 458-4136

Colusa County Links

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

Colusa Co. CA Books, Newspapers & Publications

Colusa Co. CA Birth, Marriage & Death Records

Colusa Co. CA Court, Probate Land and Tax Records

Colusa Co. CA Census Records

Colusa Co. CA Cemeteries & Graveyards

Colusa Co. CA Church & Bible Records

Colusa Co. CA Family Websites, Pictures & Histories

Colusa Co. CA General and History Websites

Colusa Co. CA Maps, Atlases & Gazetteers

Colusa Co. CA Military Records

Colusa Co. CA Schools & Directories

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