Del Norte County, California
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Del Norte County

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.

The Del Norte County Seat is located in Crescent City also, the county government website is http://www.co.del-norte.ca.us/

Areas bordering to Del Norte County are Humboldt County (south), Siskiyou County (east), Josephine County, Oregon (northeast), Curry County, Oregon (north) .

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:

  1. Territory in Trinity County from 1850 to 1851, was in Klamath County from 1851 to 1857 when it was moved to Del Norte County.
  2. Territory in Trinity County from 1850 to 1851, in Klamath County from 1851 to 1875, was in Humboldt County from 1875 to 1901 when it was added to Del Norte County.
  3. Territory in Trinity County from 1850 to 1851, in Klamath County from 1851 to 1875, was in Siskiyou County from 1875 to 1887 when it was added to Del Norte County.
  4. Territory which at one time was in Del Norte County is now in Humboldt County and Siskiyou County.

Del Norte 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 Del Norte 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.

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.

Del Norte County Societies and Family History Resources

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

Del Norte County Courthouse and Government Records


DelNorte County Courthouse

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.

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.
  • Del Norte County Courthouse (all departments listed below are located here, unless otherwise noted)
  • Del Norte 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.
    • Address: 981 H Street, Suite 160, Crescent City, CA 95531
    • Phone: (707) 464-7216
    • Birth / Death Records: 1873
    • Marriage Records: 1857
    • Land Records: 1853
  • Del Norte 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.
    • Address: 450 H Street, Room 209, Crescent City, CA 95531
    • Phone: (707) 464-8115
    • Probate Records: 1848 
    • Court Records: 1848 
  • Del Norte County County Treasurer / Tax Collector
  • Local Registrar of Births and Deaths,

Del Norte County Links

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.

Del Norte Co. CA Books, Newspapers & Publications

Del Norte Co. CA Birth, Marriage & Death Records

Del Norte Co. CA Court, Probate Land and Tax Records

Del Norte Co. CA Census Records

Del Norte Co. CA Cemeteries & Graveyards

Del Norte Co. CA Church & Bible Records

Del Norte Co. CA Family Websites, Pictures & Histories

Del Norte Co. CA General and History Websites

Del Norte Co. CA Maps, Atlases & Gazetteers

Del Norte Co. CA Military Records

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