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Siskiyou County, California

Siskiyou County

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. .

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

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) .

Cities and towns located in Siskiyou County include Yreka, Dunsmuir, Montague, Mount Shasta, Tulelake, Weed, Dorris, Etna, Fort Jones .

Other Communities in Siskiyou County include Forks of Salmon, Happy Camp, Seiad Valley .

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

  1. Territory in Trinity County from 1850 to 1851, was in Klamath County from 1851 to 1852 when it was moved to the new county.
  2. Territory was in Shasta County from 1850 to 1852 when it was moved to the new county.
  3. Territory in Trinity County from 1850 to 1851, was in Klamath County from 1851 to 1875 when, on the death of Klamath County, it was added to Siskiyou County.
  4. Territory in Trinity County from 1850 to 1851, and in Klamath County from 1851 to 1857, was in Del Norte County from 1857 to 1887 when it was added to Siskiyou County.
  5. Territory which at one time was in Siskiyou County is now in Del Norte County, Humboldt County, and Modoc County

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.

Siskiyou County Societies and Family History Resources

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

Siskiyou County Courthouse and Government Records

Siskiyou County Courthouse

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).

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.
  • Siskiyou County Courthouse (all departments listed below are located here, unless otherwise noted)
  • Siskiyou 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.
    • Birth / Death Records: 1850 / 1873
    • Marriage Records: 1852
    • Land Records: 1852
  • Siskiyou 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 
  • Siskiyou County County Treasurer / Tax Collector
  • Local Registrar of Births and Deaths, 311 Fourth Street, Room 108, Yreka, CA 96098; Office (530) 842-8065

Siskiyou County Links

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.

Siskiyou Co. CA Books, Newspapers & Publications

Siskiyou Co. CA Birth, Marriage & Death Records

Siskiyou Co. CA Court, Probate Land and Tax Records

Siskiyou Co. CA Census Records

Siskiyou Co. CA Cemeteries & Graveyards

Siskiyou Co. CA Church & Bible Records

Siskiyou Co. CA Family Websites, Pictures & Histories

Siskiyou Co. CA General and History Websites

Siskiyou Co. CA Maps, Atlases & Gazetteers

Siskiyou Co. CA Military Records

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