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Plumas County, California

Plumas County

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. .

The Plumas County Seat is located in Quincy also, the county government website is

Areas bordering to Plumas County are Sierra County (south), Yuba County (southwest), Butte County (west), Tehama County (northwest), Shasta County (northwest), Lassen County (north & east) .

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:

  1. Most of Plumas County territory was in Butte County from 1850 to 1854 when it was separated to create the new county.
  2. Territory in Yuba County from 1850 to 1852, was in Sierra County from 1852 to 1866, when it was added to Plumas County.
  3. Territory which at one time was in Plumas County is now in Lassen County, Shasta County, and Sierra County.

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.

Plumas County Societies and Family History Resources

A list of Plumas County Historical  and Genealogical Societies, Forums, Message Boards, Libraries, Archives.

Plumas County Courthouse and Government Records

Plumas County Courthouse

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.

Remember to get in touch with the clerk's dept to verify hours, mailing address, fees and other specifics prior to visiting or seeking information because of in some cases changing contact details. The Department Offices DO NOT DO RESEARCH. The data files are readily available to interested parties, barring private issues. A good number of employees will assist persons in obtaining the materials, but it's up to the person to do the research.
  • 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 
  • Plumas County County Treasurer / Tax Collector
  • Local Registrar of Births and Deaths, 270 County Hospital Road, Suite 111, Quincy, CA 95971; Office (530) 283-6330

Plumas County Links

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.

Plumas Co. CA Books, Newspapers & Publications

Plumas Co. CA Birth, Marriage & Death Records

Plumas Co. CA Court, Probate Land and Tax Records

Plumas Co. CA Census Records

Plumas Co. CA Cemeteries & Graveyards

Plumas Co. CA Church & Bible 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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