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Shasta County, California Facts

Shasta County

When was Shasta County, CA Created?
Shasta County was established on February 18, 1850 as one of the original 27 counties (For the first year of organization, Trinity County was attached to Shasta County.). This county was named for Mount Shasta. the name Shasta is derived from the English equivalent for the name of an Indian tribe that once lived in the area. The name of the tribe was spelled in various ways until the present version was used when the county was established.

What is the County Seat of Shasta County, CA?
The County Seat is located in Redding also, the county government website is www.co.shasta.ca.us.

What counties are adjacent to Shasta County, CA?
Bordering Counties are Tehama County (south), Trinity County (west), Siskiyou County (north), Modoc County (northeast), Lassen County (east), Plumas County (southeast) .

What cities and towns are in Shasta County, CA?
Cities and towns located in the County include Anderson, Redding, Shasta Lake City .


Shasta County, CA Vital Records

Where can find Shasta County Birth, marriage, Divorce and Death Records?
Shasta 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 Shasta 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, 2650 Breslauer Way, Redding, CA 96001; Office (530) 225-5678


Shasta County, CA Census Records

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

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


Shasta County, CA Courthouse and Government Records


Shasta County Courthouse

What genealogical records can I find in the Shasta County Courthouse?
The below facts shows exactly what death, marriage, birth, property, wills, and court records are typically in Shasta 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 Shasta County Courthouse
  • Shasta County Courthouse (all departments listed below are located here, unless otherwise noted)
  • Shasta 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: 1450 Court Street, Suite 208, Redding, CA 96001-1679
    • Phone: (530) 225-5678
    • Birth / Death Records: 1873
    • Marriage Records: 1852
    • Land Records: 1852
  • Shasta 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: 1850 
    • Court Records: 1850 
  • Early California Wills
  • BLM Land Records

Shasta County, CA Societies and Family History Resources

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

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

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

Shasta Co. CA Books, Newspapers & Publications

Shasta Co. CA Cemeteries & Church Records

Shasta Co. CA Family Websites, Pictures & Histories

Shasta Co. CA General and History Websites

Shasta Co. CA Immigration & Naturalization

Shasta Co. CA Maps, Atlases & Gazetteers

Shasta Co. CA Military Records

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