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Humboldt County, California
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Humboldt County, California Facts

When was Humboldt County, CA Created?
Humboldt County was established on May 12, 1853 from Trinity County . This county derived its name from Humboldt Bay, which was entered by a sea otter party in 1806, but was not rediscovered until 1849. In 1850, Douglas Ottinger and Hans Buhne entered the bay, naming it Humboldt in honor of the great naturalist and world explorer, Baron Alexander von Humboldt.

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

What counties are adjacent to Humboldt County, CA?
Bordering Counties are  Del Norte CountyMendocino CountySiskiyou CountyTrinity County .

Humboldt County, CA Vital Records

Where can find Humboldt County Birth, marriage, Divorce and Death Records?
Humboldt 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 Humboldt County Birth, Marriage, Divorce or Death Records. You can also Order Electronically Online or can download an application for California Birth CertificateMarriage or Divorce CertificateDeath Certificate Applications to mail.

Vital Records can also be found in the Local Registrar of Births and Death,

Humboldt County, CA Census Records

What Humboldt County, CA census records are available?
There are many types of census records for Humboldt County guide you in researching your family tree. Federal Population Schedules are available for 186018701880 (free index)1890 (fragment)19001910192019301940.

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

Humboldt County, CA Courthouse and Government Records

Humboldt County Courthouse

What genealogical records can I find in the Humboldt County Courthouse?

Researchers frequently overlook the great importance of Humboldt County court, probate, and land records data as a useful resource of ancestry and genealogy information. Buried away in California courthouses and archives everywhere are the ambitions and frustrations of countless California residents.

The possibilities are excellent that your forefathers have left a comprehensive document of at least a number of facets of their lives in the Humboldt County court records. Even if your forebears is not referred to in a Court case, contemplate all of the other procedures that could have lead to him or her to appear in court records. See Also California Corthouse Records Research Guide.

Humboldt County, CA Societies and Family History Resources

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

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

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

Humboldt Co. CA Books, Newspapers & Publications

Humboldt Co. CA Cemeteries & Church Records

Humboldt Co. CA Family Websites, Pictures & Histories

Humboldt Co. CA General and History Websites

Humboldt Co. CA Maps, Atlases & Gazetteers

Humboldt Co. CA Military Records

Humboldt Co. CA Schools & Directories