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Mariposa County, California genealogy and family history research page. Identify links to record collections, history, and genealogy resources to help you locate your own Mariposa Co., ancestors. Get going by constructing a Free Family Tree.
Mariposa County was founded on February 18, 1850 as one of the original 27 counties (is the parent or grandparent of all or parts of twelve other counties, more than was produced by any other California county) . This county was named for Mariposa Creek. The area was so named by Spanish explorers in 1807 when they discovered great clusters of butterflies (“mariposas” in Spanish) in the foothills of the Sierras. Some say these butterflies were really butterfly lilies.
Cities and towns located in Mariposa County include Mariposa .
Other Communities in Mariposa County include Buck Meadows, Catheys Valley, Coulterville, Wawona .
Since its creation Mariposa County boundries have changed to include these:
Mariposa County consists of Federal Census Schedules to guide in looking into your family tree. Federal Population Schedules can be found for 1850, 1860, 1870, 1880 (free index), 1890 (fragment), 1900, 1910, 1920, 1930, 1940.
Mariposa Co. Mortality Schedules can be found for 1850, 1860, 1870 and 1880. Mariposa Co. Industry and Agriculture can be obtained for 1850, 1860, 1870 and 1880. Mariposa Co. Union Veterans Schedules is available for 1890. One can find free online and printable census forms to help you with your research.
A list of Mariposa County Historical and Genealogical Societies, Forums, Message Boards, Libraries, Archives.
Researchers often overlook the advantages of Mariposa 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 Mariposa 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 - Mariposa's landmark remains the state's oldest county courthouse in continuous use. One of the best examples of Greek Revival architecture in the Gold Country, the courthouse still contains many of the original, hand-planed furnishings, and a pot-bellied stove sits in the courtroom. Since there is no jury room, jurors deliberate in the jury box. Among the alterations to the original structure was the addition of the clock tower in 1866. While one newspaper at the time questioned the need "to distinguish the exact time from a mile," the clock, shipped from England around Cape Horn, is today a popular fixture in Mariposa and continues to sound on the quarter-hour. The courthouse is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
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 Mariposa County. The years indicated below are considered the first widely known records for this county.
The following are web links to Genealogy, Records and Resources relevant to Mariposa 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 Mariposa County genealogy or family history associated sites.