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Napa County, California Facts

Napa County

When was Napa County, CA Created?
Napa County was established on February 18, 1850 as one of the original 27 counties . This county was named for Napa Valley. The word napa is of Indian derivation and has been variously translated as “grizzly bear,” “house,” “motherland” or “fish.” Of the many explanations of the names’s origin, the most plausible seems to be that it is derived from the Patwin word napo meaning house.

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

What counties are adjacent to Napa County, CA?
Bordering Counties are Solano County (south & southeast), Sonoma County, Lake County, Yolo County .

What cities and towns are in Napa County, CA?
Cities and towns located in the County include American Canyon, Calistoga, Napa, St. Helena, Yountville .

Napa County, CA Vital Records

Where can find Napa County Birth, marriage, Divorce and Death Records?
Napa 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 Napa 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, 2344 Old Sonoma Road, Bldg. G, Napa, CA 94559; Office (707) 253-4506

Napa County, CA Census Records

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

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

Napa County, CA Courthouse and Government Records

Napa County Courthouse

What genealogical records can I find in the Napa County Courthouse?
The below facts shows exactly what death, marriage, birth, property, wills, and court records are typically in Napa 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 Napa County Courthouse
  • Napa County Courthouse (all departments listed below are located here, unless otherwise noted)
  • Napa 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.
    • RECORDER: (707) 253-4105
    • CLERK: (707) 253-4247
    • Birth / Death Records: 1868 / 1873
    • Marriage Records: 1850
    • Land Records: 1848
  • Napa 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: 1851 
    • Court Records: 1849 
  • Early California Wills
  • BLM Land Records

Napa County, CA Societies and Family History Resources

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

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

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

Napa Co. CA Books, Newspapers & Publications

Napa Co. CA Cemeteries & Church Records

Napa Co. CA Family Websites, Pictures & Histories

Napa Co. CA General and History Websites

Napa Co. CA Maps, Atlases & Gazetteers

Napa Co. CA Military Records

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