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Tuolumne County, California

Tuolumne County

Tuolumne County was founded 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.

The Tuolumne County Seat is located in Sonora also, the county government website is

Areas bordering to Tuolumne County are Alpine County (north), Calaveras County (northwest), Stanislaus County (southwest), Mariposa County (south), Madera County (southeast), Mono County (east). .

Cities and towns located in Tuolumne County include Sonora .

Other Communities in Tuolumne County include Confidence, Moccasin, Pine Mountain Lake .

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 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 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.

Tuolumne 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.

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. One can find free online and printable census forms to help you with your research.

Tuolumne County Societies and Family History Resources

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

Tuolumne County Courthouse and Government Records

Tuolumne County Courthouse

Researchers often overlook the advantages of Tuolumne 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 Tuolumne 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 - Sonora legend has it that the perspective of this elegant building was changed to accommodate the wishes of a prominent citizen who lived across the street and wanted his home to face the front and not the side of the new courthouse. The Romanesque building featured several modern conveniences of the turn of the century; one local newspaper reported citizens touring the building "ablaze with electric lights." The courthouse remains in use and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

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 Tuolumne County. The years indicated below are considered the first widely known records for this county.

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.
  • 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 
  • Tuolumne County County Treasurer / Tax Collector
  • Local Registrar of Births and Deaths, 2 South Green Street, Sonora, CA 95370; Office (209) 533-5531

Tuolumne County Links

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

Tuolumne Co. CA Books, Newspapers & Publications

Tuolumne Co. CA Birth, Marriage & Death Records

Tuolumne Co. CA Court, Probate Land and Tax Records

Tuolumne Co. CA Census Records

Tuolumne Co. CA Cemeteries & Graveyards

Tuolumne Co. CA Church & Bible 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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