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Sutter County, California

Sutter County

Sutter County was founded 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.

The Sutter County Seat is located in Yuba City also, the county government website is

Areas bordering to Sutter County are Sacramento County (south), Yolo County (south), Colusa County (west), Butte County (north), Yuba County (east), Placer County (southeast) .

Cities and towns located in Sutter County include Yuba City, Live Oak .

Other Communities in Sutter County include Meridian, Nicolaus, Rio Oso, Robbins. CDPs ( census-designated place) include South Yuba City, Sutter, Tierra Buena.

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

  1. Most of Sutter County has been in the county since 1850.
  2. Territory in Sutter County from 1850 to 1851, was in Placer County from 1851 until 1866 when it was returned to Sutter County.
  3. Territory in Sutter County from 1850 to 1851, was in Butte County from 1851 until 1866 when it was returned to Sutter County.
  4. Territory in Sutter County from 1850 to 1851, was in Butte County from 1851 until 1852 when it was returned to Sutter County.
  5. Territory in Sutter County from 1850 to 1852, was in Butte County from 1852 until 1854 when it was returned to Sutter County.
  6. Territory which at one time was in Sutter County is now in Colusa County and Placer County

Sutter 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 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.

Sutter County consists of Federal Census Schedules to guide in looking into your family tree. Federal Population Schedules can be found 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. One can find free online and printable census forms to help you with your research.

Sutter County Societies and Family History Resources

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

Sutter County Courthouse and Government Records

Sutter County Courthouse

Researchers often overlook the advantages of Sutter 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 Sutter 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 - The first, built in 1858, was destroyed by fire in 1871. The cause of the disaster, according to one news report, was "mice gnawing the heads of matches left in the office." A second and larger courthouse, completed in 1873, was also set fire, this time by "a Cornishman who was in custody awaiting commitment to the Stockton asylum." The current courthouse is an elegant replica of the second, built in the Classical Revival style and largely preserved in its original state.

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 Sutter County. The years indicated below are considered the first widely known records for this county. Land was later added from counties Placer (1866) and Butte (1852, 1854, and 1866). The Courthhouse was destroyed by fire in 1871. A second and larger courthouse, completed in 1873, was also set fire.

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.
  • 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 
  • Sutter County County Treasurer / Tax Collector
  • Local Registrar of Births and Deaths, 1445 Veterans Memorial Circle, Yuba City, CA 95993; Office (530) 822-7215

Sutter County Links

The following are web links to Genealogy, Records and Resources relevant 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. Feel free to suggest your own preferred Sutter County genealogy or family history associated sites.

Sutter Co. CA Books, Newspapers & Publications

Sutter Co. CA Birth, Marriage & Death Records

Sutter Co. CA Court, Probate Land and Tax Records

Sutter Co. CA Census Records

Sutter Co. CA Cemeteries & Graveyards

Sutter Co. CA Church & Bible 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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