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Siskiyou County, California
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Siskiyou County, California Facts

Siskiyou County

When was Siskiyou County, CA Created?
Siskiyou County was established 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. .

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

What counties are adjacent to Siskiyou County, CA?
Bordering Counties 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) .

What cities and towns are in Siskiyou County, CA?
Cities and towns located in the County include Yreka, Dunsmuir, Montague, Mount Shasta, Tulelake, Weed, Dorris, Etna, Fort Jones .

Siskiyou County, CA Vital Records

Where can find Siskiyou County Birth, marriage, Divorce and Death Records?
Siskiyou 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 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.

Vital Records can also be found in the Local Registrar of Births and Death, 311 Fourth Street, Room 108, Yreka, CA 96098; Office (530) 842-8065

Siskiyou County, CA Census Records

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

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.

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.

Siskiyou County, CA Courthouse and Government Records

Siskiyou County Courthouse

What genealogical records can I find in the Siskiyou County Courthouse?
The below facts shows exactly what death, marriage, birth, property, wills, and court records are typically in Siskiyou 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 Siskiyou County Courthouse
  • 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 
  • Early California Wills
  • BLM Land Records

Siskiyou County, CA Societies and Family History Resources

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

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

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

Siskiyou Co. CA Books, Newspapers & Publications

Siskiyou Co. CA Cemeteries & Church 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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