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Plumas County was founded 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. .
Cities and towns located in Plumas County include Portola .
Other Communities in Plumas County include Almanor, Beckwourth, Belden, Blairsden, Bucks Lake, C-Road, Canyondam, Caribou, Chester, Chilcoot-Vinton, Clio, Crescent Mills, Cromberg, Delleker, East Quincy, East Shore, Graeagle, Greenhorn, Greenville, Hamilton Branch, Indian Falls, Iron Horse, Johnsville, Keddie, La Porte, Lake Almanor Country Club, Lake Almanor Peninsula, Lake Almanor West, Lake Davis, Little Grass Valley, Meadow Valley, Mohawk Vista, Paxton, Plumas Eureka, Prattville, Quincy, Spring Garden, Storrie, Taylorsville, Tobin, Twain, Valley Ranch, Whitehawk .
Since its creation Plumas County boundries have changed to include these:
Plumas County vital records can be found at the California Office of Vital Records has copies of birth, marriage, divorce and death records. 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.
Plumas County consists of Federal Census Schedules to guide in looking into your family tree. Federal Population Schedules can be found 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. One can find free online and printable census forms to help you with your research.
A list of Plumas County Historical and Genealogical Societies, Forums, Message Boards, Libraries, Archives.
Researchers often overlook the advantages of Plumas 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 Plumas 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 - The size and cost of this classically inspired courthouse, which replaced a more modest New England-style building, was considered so exorbitant for the county that there was talk of recalling the board of supervisors. Over the years, several escape attempts were made from the jail, which was once located on the fourth floor of the building. One inmate broke his leg when the sheets he had tied together came apart as he lowered himself to the ground. The building remains in official use and is preserved in its near-original state. With an interior paved in Tuolumne marble and accented with pink Tennessee marble, the public spaces are favorite places for weddings and other social functions.
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 Plumas County. The years indicated below are considered the first widely known records for this county. Land was added from Sierra County in 1866.
The following are web links to Genealogy, Records and Resources relevant 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. Feel free to suggest your own preferred Plumas County genealogy or family history associated sites.