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El Dorado County, California
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El Dorado County, California Facts

El Dorado County

When was El Dorado County, CA Created?
El Dorado County was established on February 18, 1850 as one of the original 27 counties . This county was named for the meaning “the gilded one” in Spanish, appears at the beginning of the 16th century as that of a mythical Indian chief who was said to have been covered with gold dust during the performance of religious rites. When the discovery of gold by James W. Marshall at Coloma in January 1848 became known to the world, California, and particularly that section where gold was discovered, was called “El Dorado.” From this fact the county received its name .

What is the County Seat of El Dorado County, CA?
The County Seat is located in Placerville also, the county government website is

What counties are adjacent to El Dorado County, CA?
Bordering Counties are Alpine County (southeast), Amador County (south), Sacramento County (west), Placer County (north), Douglas County, Nevada (northeast) .

What cities and towns are in El Dorado County, CA?
Cities and towns located in the County include Placerville, South Lake Tahoe .

El Dorado County, CA Vital Records

Where can find El Dorado County Birth, marriage, Divorce and Death Records?
El Dorado 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 El Dorado 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, 931 Spring Street, Placerville, CA 95667; Office (530) 621-6121, FAX (530) 295-2715

El Dorado County, CA Census Records

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

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

El Dorado County, CA Courthouse and Government Records

ElDorado County Courthouse

What genealogical records can I find in the El Dorado County Courthouse?
The below facts shows exactly what death, marriage, birth, property, wills, and court records are typically in El Dorado 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 El Dorado County Courthouse
  • El Dorado County Courthouse (Completed 1861, all departments listed below are located here, unless otherwise noted)
  • El Dorado 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: 360 Fair Lane, Placerville, CA 95667
    • Phone: (530) 621-5490
    • Birth / Death Records: 1878 / 1907
    • Marriage Records: 1851
    • Land Records: 1851
  • El Dorado 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: 2850 Fairlane Court, Bldg C, Placerville, CA 95667
    • Phone: (530) 621-7454
    • Probate Records: 1850 
    • Court Records: 1850 
  • Early California Wills
  • BLM Land Records

El Dorado County, CA Societies and Family History Resources

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

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

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

El Dorado Co. CA Books, Newspapers & Publications

El Dorado Co. CA Cemeteries & Church Records

El Dorado Co. CA Family Websites, Pictures & Histories

El Dorado Co. CA General and History Websites

El Dorado Co. CA Maps, Atlases & Gazetteers

El Dorado Co. CA Military Records

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