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Tuolumne County, California
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Tuolumne County, California Facts

Tuolumne County

When was Tuolumne County, CA Created?
Tuolumne County was established on February 18, 1850 as one of the original 27 counties . This county was name is of Indian origin and has been given different meanings, such as Many Stone Houses, The Land of Mountain Lions and Straight Up Steep, the later an interpretation of William Fuller, a native Indian Chief. In his report to the first state Legislature, Vallejo said that the word is “a corruption of the Indian word talmalamne which signifies “cluster of stone wigwams.” The name may mean “people who dwell in stone houses,” i.e., in caves.

What is the County Seat of Tuolumne County, CA?
The County Seat is located in Sonora also, the county government website is

What counties are adjacent to Tuolumne County, CA?
Bordering Counties are Alpine County (north), Calaveras County (northwest), Stanislaus County (southwest), Mariposa County (south), Madera County (southeast), Mono County (east). .

What cities and towns are in Tuolumne County, CA?
Cities and towns located in the County include Sonora .

Since its creation Tuolumne County boundries have changed to include Territory which at one time was in Tuolumne County is now in Alpine County and Stanislaus County.

Tuolumne County, CA Vital Records

Where can find Tuolumne County Birth, marriage, Divorce and Death Records?
Tuolumne 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 Tuolumne 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, 2 South Green Street, Sonora, CA 95370; Office (209) 533-5531

Tuolumne County, CA Census Records

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

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

Tuolumne County, CA Courthouse and Government Records

Tuolumne County Courthouse

What genealogical records can I find in the Tuolumne County Courthouse?
The below facts shows exactly what death, marriage, birth, property, wills, and court records are typically in Tuolumne 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 Tuolumne County Courthouse
  • Tuolumne County Courthouse (all departments listed below are located here, unless otherwise noted)
  • Tuolumne 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: 2 South Green Street, Sonora, CA 95370
    • Phone: (209) 533-5531
    • Birth / Death Records: 1858
    • Marriage Records: 1850
    • Land Records: 1850
  • Tuolumne 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: 1852 
    • Court Records: 1852 
  • Early California Wills
  • BLM Land Records

Tuolumne County, CA Societies and Family History Resources

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

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

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

Tuolumne Co. CA Books, Newspapers & Publications

Tuolumne Co. CA Cemeteries & Church Records

Tuolumne Co. CA Family Websites, Pictures & Histories

Tuolumne Co. CA General and History Websites

Tuolumne Co. CA Maps, Atlases & Gazetteers

Tuolumne Co. CA Military Records

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