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Trinity County, California genealogy and family history research page. Identify links to record collections, history, and genealogy resources to help you locate your own Trinity Co., ancestors. Get going by constructing a Free Family Tree.
Trinity County was founded on February 18, 1850 as one of the original 27 counties (administered by Shasta County until 1851) . This county was named for the Trinity River, named in 1845 by Major Pearson B. Reading, who was under the mistaken impression that the stream emptied into Trinidad Bay. Trinity is the English version of Trinidad.
There are no incorporated Cities and towns located in Trinity County. Census-designated places include Hayfork, Lewiston, Weaverville.
Other Communities in Trinity County include Big Bar, Burnt Ranch, Douglas City, Hyampom, Junction City, Salyer, Trinity Center .
Since its creation Trinity County boundries have changed to include these:
Trinity 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.
Trinity Co. Mortality Schedules can be found for 1850, 1860, 1870 and 1880. Trinity Co. Industry and Agriculture can be obtained for 1850, 1860, 1870 and 1880. Trinity Co. Union Veterans Schedules is available for 1890. One can find free online and printable census forms to help you with your research.
A list of Trinity County Historical and Genealogical Societies, Forums, Message Boards, Libraries, Archives.
Researchers often overlook the advantages of Trinity 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 Trinity 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 - After an 1860 grand jury reported that "bedbugs had invaded the offices of the sheriff and the clerk, had defiled the records and in several instances had even attacked a judge on the bench," Trinity County supervisors began to consider moving from the old Weaverville courthouse, which was shared with the Masonic Lodge. In 1865, the county purchased this brick building that then housed offices, hotel rooms, and the Apollo Saloon, which boasted the first piano in the county. The courthouse is still in use and serves as a centerpiece of Weaverville's Historic District.
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 Trinity County. The years indicated below are considered the first widely known records for this county. For the first year of organization, Trinity County was attached to Shasta County. Land was later added from counties Klamath (1855) and Mendocino (1860, 1872).
The following are web links to Genealogy, Records and Resources relevant to Trinity 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 Trinity County genealogy or family history associated sites.