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Sierra County, California
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Sierra County, California Facts

Sierra County

When was Sierra County, CA Created?
Sierra County was established on April 16, 1852 from Yuba County. This county was named for the Sierra nevada in Spanish means “snow saw,” applied to the Sierra Nevada mountain chain because of the jagged, serrated, sawtooth peaks forming the skyline. .

What is the County Seat of Sierra County, CA?
The County Seat is located in Downieville also, the county government website is

What counties are adjacent to Sierra County, CA?
Bordering Counties are Nevada County, Yuba County, Plumas County, Lassen County, Washoe County, Nevada .

What cities and towns are in Sierra County, CA?
Cities and towns located in the County include Loyalton .

Sierra County, CA Vital Records

Where can find Sierra County Birth, marriage, Divorce and Death Records?
Sierra 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 Sierra 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, 100 Courthouse Square, Room 11, Mail to: P.O. Drawer D, Downieville, CA 95936; Office (530) 289-3295

Sierra County, CA Census Records

What Sierra County, CA census records are available?
There are many types of census records for Sierra County guide you in researching your family tree. Federal Population Schedules are available for 1860, 1870, 1880 (free index), 1890 (fragment), 1900, 1910, 1920, 1930, 1940.

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

Sierra County, CA Courthouse and Government Records

Sierra County Courthouse

What genealogical records can I find in the Sierra County Courthouse?
The below facts shows exactly what death, marriage, birth, property, wills, and court records are typically in Sierra 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 Sierra County Courthouse
  • Sierra County Courthouse (all departments listed below are located here, unless otherwise noted)
  • Sierra 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:P.O. Drawer D, Downieville, CA  95936
    • Phone: (530) 289-3295
    • Birth / Death Records: 1857 / 1873
    • Marriage Records: 1853
    • Land Records: 1852
  • Sierra 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: 1852 
    • Court Records: 1852 
  • Early California Wills
  • BLM Land Records

Sierra County, CA Societies and Family History Resources

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

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

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

Sierra Co. CA Books, Newspapers & Publications

Sierra Co. CA Cemeteries & Church Records

Sierra Co. CA Family Websites, Pictures & Histories

Sierra Co. CA General and History Websites

Sierra Co. CA Maps, Atlases & Gazetteers

Sierra Co. CA Military Records

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