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Sutter County, California Facts

Sutter County

When was Sutter County, CA Created?
Sutter County was established on February 18, 1850 as one of the original 27 counties . This county was named for General John Augustus Sutter, a native of Switzerland, who obtained a large land grant from the Mexican government and called his first settlement New Helvetia (now the City of Sacramento). In 1841, the general established a great stock ranch in this area to which he retired in 1850 when gold seekers deprived him of most of his holdings at Sacramento.

What is the County Seat of Sutter County, CA?
The County Seat is located in Yuba City also, the county government website is

What counties are adjacent to Sutter County, CA?
Bordering Counties are Sacramento County (south), Yolo County (south), Colusa County (west), Butte County (north), Yuba County (east), Placer County (southeast) .

What cities and towns are in Sutter County, CA?
Cities and towns located in the County include Yuba City, Live Oak .

Sutter County, CA Vital Records

Where can find Sutter County Birth, marriage, Divorce and Death Records?
Sutter 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 Sutter 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, 1445 Veterans Memorial Circle, Yuba City, CA 95993; Office (530) 822-7215

Sutter County, CA Census Records

What Sutter County, CA census records are available?
There are many types of census records for Sutter County guide you in researching your family tree. Federal Population Schedules are available for 1850, 1860, 1870, 1880 (free index), 1890 (fragment), 1900, 1910, 1920, 1930, 1940.

Sutter Co. Mortality Schedules can be found for 1850, 1860, 1870 and 1880. Sutter Co. Industry and Agriculture can be obtained for 1850, 1860, 1870 and 1880. Sutter 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.

Sutter County, CA Courthouse and Government Records

Sutter County Courthouse

What genealogical records can I find in the Sutter County Courthouse?
The below facts shows exactly what death, marriage, birth, property, wills, and court records are typically in Sutter 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 Sutter County Courthouse
  • Sutter County Courthouse (all departments listed below are located here, unless otherwise noted)
  • Sutter 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: 433 Second Street, Yuba City, CA 95991
    • Phone: (530) 822-7134
    • Birth / Death Records: 1873
    • Marriage Records: 1850
    • Land Records: 1849
  • Sutter 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: 1872 
    • Court Records: 1854 
  • Early California Wills
  • BLM Land Records

Sutter County, CA Societies and Family History Resources

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

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

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

Sutter Co. CA Books, Newspapers & Publications

Sutter Co. CA Cemeteries & Church Records

Sutter Co. CA Family Websites, Pictures & Histories

Sutter Co. CA General and History Websites

Sutter Co. CA Maps, Atlases & Gazetteers

Sutter Co. CA Military Records

Sutter Co. CA Schools & Directories

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