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Del Norte County, California genealogy and family history research page. Identify links to record collections, history, and genealogy resources to help you locate your own Del Norte Co., ancestors. Get going by constructing a Free Family Tree.
Del Norte County was founded on March 2, 1857 from Klamath County . This county was named for “the north,” and the county derived its name from its geographical position in the extreme northwest corner of the state.
Cities and towns located in Del Norte County include Crescent City .
Other Communities in Del Norte County include Gasquet, Smith River, Bertsch-Oceanview, Crescent City North, Klamath .
Since its creation Del Norte County boundries have changed to include these:
Del Norte 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.
Del Norte Co. Mortality Schedules can be found for 1860, 1870 and 1880. Del Norte Co. Industry and Agriculture can be obtained for 1860, 1870 and 1880. Del Norte Co. Union Veterans Schedules is available for 1890. One can find free online and printable census forms to help you with your research.
A list of Del Norte County Historical and Genealogical Societies, Forums, Message Boards, Libraries, Archives.
Researchers often overlook the advantages of Del Norte 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 Del Norte 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 - Crescent City was named the county seat when Del Norte was created from the now-defunct Klamath County in 1857. Years later, in the 1883 election, residents approved bonds for a courthouse in a vote of 176 for, 84 against. Local historians say that it was here in the 1930s and 1940s that the unsuccessful movement to create the State of Jefferson, with a local judge as its first governor, was organized. The courthouse was destroyed by fire in 1948, and a new courthouse was built across the street from the original location.
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 Del Norte County. The years indicated below are considered the first widely known records for this county. Land was later added from counties Siskiyou (1887) and Humboldt (1901). The courthouse was destroyed by fire in 1948. Some early records were destroyed.
The following are web links to Genealogy, Records and Resources relevant to Del Norte 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 Del Norte County genealogy or family history associated sites.