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Shasta County, California

Shasta County

Shasta County was founded 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.

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

Areas bordering to Shasta County are Tehama County (south), Trinity County (west), Siskiyou County (north), Modoc County (northeast), Lassen County (east), Plumas County (southeast) .

Cities and towns located in Shasta County include Anderson, Redding, Shasta Lake City .

Other Communities in Shasta County include Bella Vista, Cassel, Castella, Hat Creek, Igo, Oak Run, Old Station, Platina, Pollard Flat, Shasta, Whitmore .

Since its creation Shasta County boundries have changed to include these:

  1. Most of Shasta County has been in that county since 1850.
  2. Territory in Butte County from 1850 to 1854, was in Plumas County from 1854 to 1872 when it was added to Shasta County.
  3. Territory which at one time was in Shasta County is now in Lassen County, Modoc County, Siskiyou County, and Tehama County

Shasta 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 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.

Shasta 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.

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. One can find free online and printable census forms to help you with your research.

Shasta County Societies and Family History Resources

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

Shasta County Courthouse and Government Records

Shasta County Courthouse

Researchers often overlook the advantages of Shasta 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 Shasta 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 - After a new courthouse was built in Redding in 1956, Shasta's third courthouse was used as a county office building until 1963, when it was demolished to make room for a court annex. Locals remember that the tax assessor's office was placed on the upper floor of the building to discourage complaints about assessments. The statue of Justice and the bell from the dome of the old building are displayed on the grounds.

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 Shasta County. The years indicated below are considered the first widely known records for this county. Land was added from Plumas County in 1872. All records were destroyed in the great fire of June 14th, 1853

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.
  • 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 
  • Shasta County County Treasurer / Tax Collector
  • Local Registrar of Births and Deaths, 2650 Breslauer Way, Redding, CA 96001; Office (530) 225-5678

Shasta County Links

The following are web links to Genealogy, Records and Resources relevant 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. Feel free to suggest your own preferred Shasta County genealogy or family history associated sites.

Shasta Co. CA Books, Newspapers & Publications

Shasta Co. CA Birth, Marriage & Death Records

Shasta Co. CA Court, Probate Land and Tax Records

Shasta Co. CA Census Records

Shasta Co. CA Cemeteries & Graveyards

Shasta Co. CA Church & Bible 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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