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Humboldt County, California Facts

Humboldt County

When was Humboldt County, CA Created?
Humboldt County was established on May 12, 1853 from Trinity County . This county derived its name from Humboldt Bay, which was entered by a sea otter party in 1806, but was not rediscovered until 1849. In 1850, Douglas Ottinger and Hans Buhne entered the bay, naming it Humboldt in honor of the great naturalist and world explorer, Baron Alexander von Humboldt.

What is the County Seat of Humboldt County, CA?
The County Seat is located in Eureka also, the county government website is

What counties are adjacent to Humboldt County, CA?
Bordering Counties are  Del Norte County (north), Mendocino County (south), Siskiyou County (northeast), Trinity County (east) .

What cities and towns are in Humboldt County, CA?
Cities and towns located in the County include Eureka, Arcata, Fortuna, Rio Dell, Ferndale, Blue Lake, Trinidad .

Humboldt County, CA Vital Records

Where can find Humboldt County Birth, marriage, Divorce and Death Records?
Humboldt 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 Humboldt 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,

Humboldt County, CA Census Records

What Humboldt County, CA census records are available?
There are many types of census records for Humboldt County guide you in researching your family tree. Federal Population Schedules are available for 1860, 1870, 1880 (free index), 1890 (fragment), 1900, 1910, 1920, 1930, 1940.

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

Humboldt County, CA Courthouse and Government Records

Humboldt County Courthouse

What genealogical records can I find in the Humboldt County Courthouse?
The below facts shows exactly what death, marriage, birth, property, wills, and court records are typically in Humboldt 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 Humboldt County Courthouse
  • Humboldt County Courthouse (all departments listed below are located here, unless otherwise noted)
  • Humboldt 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: (707) 445-7382
    • Birth / Death Records: 1873
    • Marriage Records: 1864
    • Land Records: 1874
  • Humboldt 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: 1853 
    • Court Records: 1853 
  • Early California Wills
  • BLM Land Records

Humboldt County, CA Societies and Family History Resources

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

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

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

Humboldt Co. CA Books, Newspapers & Publications

Humboldt Co. CA Cemeteries & Church Records

Humboldt Co. CA Family Websites, Pictures & Histories

Humboldt Co. CA General and History Websites

Humboldt Co. CA Maps, Atlases & Gazetteers

Humboldt Co. CA Military Records

Humboldt Co. CA Schools & Directories

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