Glenn County, California
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Glenn County

Glenn County was founded on March 11, 1891 from Colusa County . This county was named for Dr. Hugh J. Glenn, who was the largest wheat farmer in the state during his lifetime and a man of great prominence in political and commercial life in California.

The Glenn County Seat is located in Willows also, the county government website is http://www.countyofglenn.net/

Areas bordering to Glenn County are Colusa County (south), Lake County (southwest), Mendocino County (west), Tehama County (north), Butte County (east) .

Cities and towns located in Glenn County include Artois, Butte City, Elk Creek, Fruto, Hamilton City, Orland, Willows .

Other Communities in Glenn County include Artois, Glenn, Ordbend, Hamilton City .

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

  1. Most of Glenn County was in Colusa County from 1850 until its 1891 transfer to Glenn County.
  2. Territory in Butte County from 1850 to 1856, was in Colusa County from 1856 to 1891 when it was moved to Glenn County.
  3. Territory in Colusa County from 1850 to 1857, and in Tehama County from 1857 to 1859, was back in Colusa County from 1859 to 1891 when it was moved to Glenn County.
  4. Territory was in Mendocino County from 1850 to 1907 when it was added to Glenn County.
  5. Territory which at one time was in Glenn County is now in Colusa County.

Glenn 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 Glenn 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.

Glenn County consists of Federal Census Schedules to guide in looking into your family tree. Federal Population Schedules can be found for 1900, 1910, 1920, 1930, 1940. One can find free online and printable census forms to help you with your research.

Glenn County Societies and Family History Resources

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

Glenn County Courthouse and Government Records


Glenn County Courthouse

Researchers often overlook the advantages of Glenn 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 Glenn 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 - Unhappy with their allotment of tax dollars, citizens in northern Colusa were successful in 1891 in their effort to establish Glenn County, named for Dr. Hugh Glenn, its largest landowner. The new county made Willows the county seat and began construction of a courthouse and jail. When it was rumored that the contractor would go bankrupt before the buildings were completed, supervisors ordered the addition of a dome on the courthouse to keep the contractor solvent. The building, minus the dome, which was removed for safety reasons in 1951, remains in use.

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 Glenn County. The years indicated below are considered the first widely known records for this county. Land from Mendocino County was added in 1907.

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.
  • Glenn County Courthouse (all departments listed below are located here, unless otherwise noted)
  • Glenn 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.
    • Phone: (530) 934-6412
    • Birth / Death Records: 1895 / 1891
    • Marriage Records: 1891
    • Land Records: 1891
  • Glenn 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: 1891 
    • Court Records: 1891 
  • Glenn County County Treasurer / Tax Collector
  • Local Registrar of Births and Deaths, Courthouse, 526 West Sycamore Street, Willows, CA 95988; Office (530) 934-6412, FAX (530) 934-6305

Glenn County Links

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

Glenn Co. CA Books, Newspapers & Publications

Glenn Co. CA Birth, Marriage & Death Records

Glenn Co. CA Court, Probate Land and Tax Records

Glenn Co. CA Census Records

Glenn Co. CA Cemeteries & Graveyards

Glenn Co. CA Church & Bible Records

Glenn Co. CA Family Websites, Pictures & Histories

Glenn Co. CA General and History Websites

Glenn Co. CA Maps, Atlases & Gazetteers

Glenn Co. CA Military Records

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