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Tehama County, California
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Tehama County, California Facts

Tehama County

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

What is the County Seat of Tehama County, CA?
The County Seat is located in Red Bluff also, the county government website is

What counties are adjacent to Tehama County, CA?
Bordering Counties are Butte County (south), Glenn County (south), Mendocino County (southwest), Trinity County (west), Shasta County (north), Plumas County (east) .

What cities and towns are in Tehama County, CA?
Cities and towns located in the 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.

Tehama County, CA Vital Records

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

Vital Records can also be found in the Local Registrar of Births and Death, 633 Washington Street, P.O. Box 250, Red Bluff, CA 96080; Office (530) 527-3350

Tehama County, CA Census Records

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

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.

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.

Tehama County, CA Courthouse and Government Records

Tehama County Courthouse

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

Tehama County, CA Societies and Family History Resources

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

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

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

Tehama Co. CA Books, Newspapers & Publications

Tehama Co. CA Cemeteries & Church 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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