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Yolo County, California Facts

When was Yolo County, CA Created?
Yolo County was established on February 18, 1850. 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.

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

What counties are adjacent to Yolo County, CA?
Bordering Counties are Sacramento CountySolano CountyNapa CountyLake CountyColusa CountySutter County .

Yolo County, CA Vital Records

Where can find Yolo County Birth, marriage, Divorce and Death Records?
Yolo 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 Yolo 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 Deaths, P.O. Box 1130, 625 Court Street, Room B01, Woodland, CA 95776; Office (530) 666-8680

Yolo County, CA Census Records

What Yolo County, CA census records are available?
There are many types of census records for Yolo County guide you in researching your family tree. Federal Population Schedules are available for 1850186018701880 (free index)1890 (fragment)19001910192019301940.

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.

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.

Yolo County, CA Courthouse and Government Records

Yolo County Courthouse

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

Researchers frequently overlook the great importance of Yolo 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 Yolo 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.

  • Yolo County Courthouse (all departments listed below are located here, unless otherwise noted)
    • Address: 725 Court St, Woodland, CA 95695
    • Phone: (530) 666-8130
  • Yolo County Recorder-Clerk
    • 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
    • Probate Records: 1850
    • Court Records: 1850
  • Early California Wills
  • BLM Land Records

Yolo County, CA Societies and Family History Resources

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

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

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

Yolo Co. CA Books, Newspapers & Publications

Yolo Co. CA Cemeteries & Church 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