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Yolo County, California

Yolo County

Yolo County was founded on February 18, 1850 as one of the original 27 counties . This county name in the original act of 1850, the name was spelled “Yola.” Yolo is an Indian name variously believed to be a corruption of an Indian tribal name Yo-loy meaning “a place abounding in rushes” or of the name of the Indian chief, Yodo, or of the Indian village of Yodoi.

The Yolo County Seat is located in Woodland also, the county government website is

Areas bordering to Yolo County are Sacramento County (east), Solano County (south), Napa County (west), Lake County (northwest), Colusa County (north), Sutter County (northeast) .

Cities and towns located in Yolo County include Davis, West Sacramento, Winters, Woodland .

Other Communities in Yolo County include Brooks, Capay, Clarksburg, Dunnigan, El Macero, Fremont, Guinda, Knights Landing, Madison, Plainfield, Rumsey, Yolo, Zamora. Other Neighborhoods Include Broderick, Bryte .

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

  1. Almost all of Yolo County has been there since 1850.
  2. A tiny piece of territory was in Solano County from 1850 to 1857 when it was added to Yolo County.
  3. Territory which at one time was in Yolo County is now in Colusa County and Lake County.

Yolo 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 Yolo 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.

Yolo 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.

Yolo Co. Mortality Schedules can be found for 1850, 1860, 1870 and 1880. Yolo Co. Industry and Agriculture can be obtained for 1850, 1860, 1870 and 1880. Yolo Co. Union Veterans Schedules is available for 1890. One can find free online and printable census forms to help you with your research.

Yolo County Societies and Family History Resources

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

Yolo County Courthouse and Government Records

Yolo County Courthouse

Researchers often overlook the advantages of Yolo 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 Yolo 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 - Weakened by earthquakes and characterized by "improper ventilation and foul odors," Yolo's first courthouse was condemned in 1911 as "unsanitary and unfit for the transactions of the court." It was replaced in 1917 by an expanded, classically inspired courthouse that is still in use. The building was restored in the 1980s and placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1986.

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 Yolo County. The years indicated below are considered the first widely known records for this county. Land was later added from Solano County in 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.
  • Yolo County Courthouse (all departments listed below are located here, unless otherwise noted)
  • Yolo 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: 625 Court Street, Room B01, Woodland, CA 95695 ; Mail to: P. O. Box 1130, Woodland, CA 95776-1130
    • Phone: (530) 666-8130
    • Birth / Death Records: 1878 / 1863
    • Marriage Records: 1873
    • Land Records: 1849
  • Yolo 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: 1850 
    • Court Records: 1850 
  • Yolo County County Treasurer / Tax Collector
  • Local Registrar of Births and Deaths, P.O. Box 1130, 625 Court Street, Room B01, Woodland, CA 95776; Office (530) 666-8680

Yolo County Links

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

Yolo Co. CA Books, Newspapers & Publications

Yolo Co. CA Birth, Marriage & Death Records

Yolo Co. CA Court, Probate Land and Tax Records

Yolo Co. CA Census Records

Yolo Co. CA Cemeteries & Graveyards

Yolo Co. CA Church & Bible Records

Yolo Co. CA Family Websites, Pictures & Histories

Yolo Co. CA General and History Websites

Yolo Co. CA Maps, Atlases & Gazetteers

Yolo Co. CA Military Records

Yolo Co. CA Schools & Directories

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