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Sacramento County, California

Sacramento County

Sacramento County was founded on February 18, 1850 as one of the original 27 counties . This county was named for the Sacramento River. The word Sacramento signifies “Sacrament” or “Lord’s Supper.”

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

Areas bordering to Sacramento County are San Joaquin County (south), Contra Costa County (southwest), Solano County (west), Yolo County (west), Sutter County (northwest), Placer County (north), El Dorado County (east), Amador County (east). .

Cities and towns located in Sacramento County include Citrus Heights, Elk Grove, Folsom, Galt, Isleton, Rancho Cordova, Sacramento .

Other Communities in Sacramento County include Antelope, Herald, Locke. CDPs ( census-designated place) include Arden-Arcade, Carmichael, Fair Oaks, Florin, Foothill Farms, Gold River, La Riviera, Laguna, North Highlands, Orangevale, Parkway-South Sacramento, Rancho Murieta, Rio Linda, Rosemont, Vineyard, Walnut Grove, Wilton

Since its creation Sacramento County boundries have changed to include Territory which at one time was in Sacramento County is now in San Joaquin County.

Sacramento 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 Sacramento 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.

Sacramento 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.

Sacramento Co. Mortality Schedules can be found for 1850, 1860, 1870 and 1880. Sacramento Co. Industry and Agriculture can be obtained for 1850, 1860, 1870 and 1880. Sacramento Co. Union Veterans Schedules is available for 1890. One can find free online and printable census forms to help you with your research.

Sacramento County Societies and Family History Resources

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

Sacramento County Courthouse and Government Records

Sacramento County Courthouse

Researchers often overlook the advantages of Sacramento 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 Sacramento 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 - Sacramento's first courthouse, built in 1851, became the Capitol in 1854 and was destroyed in a fire that same year. After the county outgrew its second courthouse, this three-story granite-and-marble county center was "built to last forever" but was abandoned in 1965 for a more modern facility and demolished in 1970. A new county jail was constructed on the site in 1989.



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 Sacramento County. The years indicated below are considered the first widely known records for this county. The first courthouse, built in 1851, became the Capitol in 1854 and was destroyed in a fire that same year.

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.
  • Sacramento County Courthouse (all departments listed below are located here, unless otherwise noted)
  • Sacramento 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: 600 Eighth Street, Sacramento, CA 95814 ; OR P.O. Box 839 , Sacramento, CA 95812-0839
    • Phone: (916) 874-6334
    • Birth / Death Records: 1858 / 1850
    • Marriage Records: 1850
    • Land Records: 1848
  • Sacramento 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: 1849 
    • Court Records: 1849 
  • Sacramento County County Treasurer / Tax Collector
  • Local Registrar of Births and Deaths, 7001 East Parkway, Suite 650, Sacramento, CA 95823; Office (916) 875-5345 (recording); Office (916) 875-2066 (general)

Sacramento County Links

The following are web links to Genealogy, Records and Resources relevant to Sacramento 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 Sacramento County genealogy or family history associated sites.

Sacramento Co. CA Books, Newspapers & Publications

Sacramento Co. CA Birth, Marriage & Death Records

Sacramento Co. CA Court, Probate Land and Tax Records

Sacramento Co. CA Census Records

Sacramento Co. CA Cemeteries & Graveyards

Sacramento Co. CA Church & Bible Records

Sacramento Co. CA Family Websites, Pictures & Histories

Sacramento Co. CA General and History Websites

Sacramento Co. CA Maps, Atlases & Gazetteers

Sacramento Co. CA Military Records

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