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Lassen County was established on April 1, 1864 from Shasta County and Plumas County. The counties name was derived from Mount Lassen, which was named in honor of Peter Lassen. He was a Danish immigrant who settled in Plumas County before coming to the Honey Lake Valley around 1855. He had a small mill in the area, but mainly looked for gold. He was killed in 1859 out in the Black Rock Desert. It has never been determined who killed him. He also had a ranch down toward Lassen Peak before coming here.
Where can find Lassen County Birth, marriage, Divorce and Death Records?
Lassen 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 Lassen 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, 220 S. Lassen Street, Suite 5, Susanville, CA 96130; Office (530) 251-8234
What Lassen County, CA census records are available?
There are many types of census records for Lassen County guide you in researching your family tree. Federal Population Schedules are available for 1870, 1880 (free index), 1890 (fragment), 1900, 1910, 1920, 1930, 1940.
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.
What genealogical records can I find in the Lassen County Courthouse?
The below facts shows exactly what death, marriage, birth, property, wills, and court records are typically in Lassen 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.
What genealogical and historical societies, archives, museums, associations and libraries are available for Lassen County, CA?
A list of Lassen County Historical and Genealogical Societies, Libraries, Archives. See also list of Statewide Californiia Archives, Historical & Genealogical Societies.
Where can I connect with other Lassen County, CA Researchers through message boards and forums?
What other genealogical resources are available in Lassen County, CA?
The following are web links to Genealogy, Records and Resources pertaining to Lassen 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.