Tehama County, California
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Tehama County

Tehama County was founded on April 9, 1856 from Colusa County, Shasta County and Butte County . This county was named for the City of Tehama. Suggested possible roots are the Arabic word tehama (“hot low-lands”), the Mexican word tejamanil (shingle), or “high water” in the dialect of local Indians.

The Tehama County Seat is located in Red Bluff also, the county government website is www.co.tehama.ca.us/

Areas bordering to Tehama County are Butte County (south), Glenn County (south), Mendocino County (southwest), Trinity County (west), Shasta County (north), Plumas County (east) .

Cities and towns located in Tehama County include  Bend, Capay, Corning, Cottonwood, Flournoy, Gerber-Las Flores, Kirkwood, Lake California, Los Molinos, Manton, Mill Creek, Mineral, Paskenta, Paynes Creek, Proberta, Rancho Tehama Reserve, Red Bluff, Richfield, Tehama, Vina .

Other Communities in Tehama County include Cottonwood, Dales, Paskenta, Paynes Creek. Census-designated places include Gerber-Las Flores, Los Molinos, Manton, Mineral, Rancho Tehama Reserve.

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

  1. Much of Tehama County territory was in Colusa County from 1850 to 1856 when it was placed in the new county.
  2. Territory in Colusa County from 1850 to 1851 was in Shasta County from 1851 to 1856 when it was placed in the new Tehama County.
  3. Territory in Colusa County from 1850 to 1851 was in Shasta County from 1851 to 1857 when it was added to Tehama County.
  4. Territory was in Shasta County from 1850 to 1857 when it was added to Tehama County.
  5. Territory was in Shasta County from 1850 to 1856 when it was placed in Tehama County.
  6. Territory was in Butte County from 1850 to 1857 when it was added to Tehama County.
  7. Territory in Butte County from 1850 to 1851, was in Shasta County from 1851 until 1856 when it was placed in Tehama County.
  8. Territory which at one time was in Tehama County is now in Butte County and Glenn County

Tehama 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 Tehama 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.

Tehama 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.

Tehama Co. Mortality Schedules can be found for 1860, 1870 and 1880. Tehama Co. Industry and Agriculture can be obtained for 1860, 1870 and 1880. Tehama Co. Union Veterans Schedules is available for 1890. One can find free online and printable census forms to help you with your research.

Tehama County Societies and Family History Resources

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

Tehama County Courthouse and Government Records


Tehama County Courthouse

Researchers often overlook the advantages of Tehama 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 Tehama 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 - Tehama's first courthouse in Red Bluff was a popular meeting place for unions, political parties, baseball teams, and other community groups. On Sundays it was also a popular place of worship after the sheriff struck a compromise and allowed use of the court by Baptists in the morning, Presbyterians in the afternoon, and Methodists in the evening. The tower was added to the building in 1880, one of many improvements to the building and the grounds. The building was demolished in 1920 to make room for a new facility.

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 Tehama County. The years indicated below are considered the first widely known records for this county. Land later added from Shasta (1857) and Butte (1857).

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.
  • Tehama County Courthouse (all departments listed below are located here, unless otherwise noted)
  • Tehama 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: 1889
    • Marriage Records: 1856
    • Land Records: 1856
  • Tehama 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: 1856 
    • Court Records: 1856 
  • Tehama County County Treasurer / Tax Collector
  • Local Registrar of Births and Deaths, 633 Washington Street, P.O. Box 250, Red Bluff, CA 96080; Office (530) 527-3350

Tehama County Links

The following are web links to Genealogy, Records and Resources relevant to Tehama 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 Tehama County genealogy or family history associated sites.

Tehama Co. CA Books, Newspapers & Publications

Tehama Co. CA Birth, Marriage & Death Records

Tehama Co. CA Court, Probate Land and Tax Records

Tehama Co. CA Census Records

Tehama Co. CA Cemeteries & Graveyards

Tehama Co. CA Church & Bible Records

Tehama Co. CA Family Websites, Pictures & Histories

Tehama Co. CA General and History Websites

Tehama Co. CA Maps, Atlases & Gazetteers

Tehama Co. CA Military Records

Tehama Co. CA Schools & Directories

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