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Plumas County, California
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Plumas County, California Facts

Plumas County

When was Plumas County, CA Created?
Plumas County was established on March 18, 1854 from Butte County . This county was named for the Spanish originally called one of the tributaries of the Sacramento River El Rio de las Plumas or the “River of Feathers.” In creating this county, the state Legislature gave it the name Plumas because all of the numerous branches of the Feather River have their origins in its mountains. .

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

What counties are adjacent to Plumas County, CA?
Bordering Counties are Sierra County, Yuba County, Butte County, Tehama County, Shasta County, Lassen County (north & east) .

What cities and towns are in Plumas County, CA?
Cities and towns located in the County include Portola .

Plumas County, CA Vital Records

Where can find Plumas County Birth, marriage, Divorce and Death Records?
Plumas 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 Plumas 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, 270 County Hospital Road, Suite 111, Quincy, CA 95971; Office (530) 283-6330

Plumas County, CA Census Records

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

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

Plumas County, CA Courthouse and Government Records

Plumas County Courthouse

What genealogical records can I find in the Plumas County Courthouse?
The below facts shows exactly what death, marriage, birth, property, wills, and court records are typically in Plumas 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 Plumas County Courthouse
  • Plumas County Courthouse (all departments listed below are located here, unless otherwise noted)
  • Plumas 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.
    • Address: 520 Main Street, Room 102, Quincy, CA 95971
    • Phone: Office (530) 283-6218
    • Birth / Death Records: 1873 / 1873
    • Marriage Records: 1854
    • Land Records: 1854
  • Plumas 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: 1854 
    • Court Records: 1854 
  • Early California Wills
  • BLM Land Records

Plumas County, CA Societies and Family History Resources

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

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

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

Plumas Co. CA Books, Newspapers & Publications

Plumas Co. CA Cemeteries & Church Records

Plumas Co. CA Family Websites, Pictures & Histories

Plumas Co. CA General and History Websites

Plumas Co. CA Maps, Atlases & Gazetteers

Plumas Co. CA Military Records

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