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Siskiyou County was founded on March 22, 1852 from Klamath County and Shasta County. This county was named for the word siskiyou. The origin of the word siskiyou is not known. One version is that it is the Chinook Indian word for “bob-tailed horse.” Another version, given in an argument before the state Senate in 1852, is that the French name Six Callieux, meaning “six-stone,” was given to a ford on the Umpqua River by Michel La Frambeau and a party of Hudson Bay company trappers in 1832, because six large stones or rocks lay in the river where they crossed. Still others attribute the name to a local tribe of Indians. .
Areas bordering to Siskiyou County are Del Norte County (west), Humboldt County (southwest), Trinity County (south), Shasta County (south), Modoc County (east), Klamath County, Oregon (north), Jackson County, Oregon (north), Josephine County, Oregon (northwest) .
Other Communities in Siskiyou County include Forks of Salmon, Happy Camp, Seiad Valley .
Since its creation Siskiyou County boundries have changed to include these:
Siskiyou 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 Siskiyou 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.
Siskiyou 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.
Siskiyou Co. Mortality Schedules can be found for 1860, 1870 and 1880. Siskiyou Co. Industry and Agriculture can be obtained for 1860, 1870 and 1880. Siskiyou Co. Union Veterans Schedules is available for 1890. One can find free online and printable census forms to help you with your research.
A list of Siskiyou County Historical and Genealogical Societies, Forums, Message Boards, Libraries, Archives.
Researchers often overlook the advantages of Siskiyou 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 Siskiyou 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 - By order of county supervisors, Siskiyou's courthouse was to be "placed in the center of the public square in Yreka City," a foresight that residents say helped save the structure from town fires. The plaza was also the site, in 1895, of a lynching in which four men accused of murder were taken from the jail and hanged from a rail post placed between two small locust trees. The courthouse, one of the oldest in the state, remains in use and is the centerpiece of Yreka's Historic District.
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 Siskiyou County. The years indicated below are considered the first widely known records for this county. Land was later added from counties Klamath (1875) and Del Norte (1887).
The following are web links to Genealogy, Records and Resources relevant to Siskiyou 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 Siskiyou County genealogy or family history associated sites.