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  • Alameda County, California —
    Information Updated for:  Nov 11, 2013
  • Formed from:  portions of Contra Costa and Santa Clara Counties.
    Established:  25-Mar-1853
    County Seat:  Oakland, California

    County history - Alameda County is named Alameda and is Spanish for an avenue shaded by trees or a cottonwood grove.

    Alameda Courthouse
    GHLL Alameda County Package:
    1. American History & Genealogy Project - Alameda County AHGP
    2. Cemetery Listings - may include photos, records, name lists, etc..
    3. Cities/Towns/Townships - compiled by Wikipedia
    4. Genealogy Forum - Alameda County, CA Genealogy Forum (Genealogy.com)
    5. Society/Museum/Assn - (Alameda County Historical Society / Oakland, CA)
    6. Society/Museum/Assn - (Berkeley Historical Society & Museum Archives / Berkeley, CA)
    7. Society/Museum/Assn - (East Bay Genealogical Society / Oakland, CA)
    8. Society/Museum/Assn - (Livermore-Amador Genealogical Society / Livermore, CA)
    9. US/CAGenWeb site - Alameda County Archives
    10. US/CAGenWeb - Alameda County Genealogy & History
    11. Vital Records - Alameda County Recorder, 1106 Madison Street, 1st Floor, Oakland, CA 94607.
    Additional Local History/Genealogy:
        Adjacent counties (GHLL listings): 
             Santa Clara County (south), San Mateo County (west), San Francisco County (west),
             Contra Costa County (north), San Joaquin County (east), Stanislaus County
             (southeast by a corner).

        Alameda County - Oakland High School year book from 1969 to present.

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        Flight 93 Memorial - The Memorial was completed and dedicated on Saturday, 8 December, 2007, (Union City, CA).
             See National Memorial Site at the crash site, Somerset County, PA.
    Census Information:
        1860 Census (T) - Federal Census, Alameda County, Brooklyn Township (Text: 3 pages).
        1860 Census (T) - Federal Census, Alameda County, Eden Township (Text: 4 pages).
        1870 Census (T) - Federal Census, Alameda County, Listed Townships (Text: 7 folders, plus notes).
        1920 Census (T) - Federal Census, Alameda County, ED-208 to ED-211 (Text: 4 pages, plus notes).
        1930 Census (I) & (T) - Federal Census, Alameda County, ED-343-353 (Index: 1 folder / Text: 11 folders, plus notes).

    Please report links or information that should be updated or added:
        Report Form, for Alameda county <----> copy/paste the item(s) which concern you.


  • Alpine County, California —
    Information Updated for:  Dec 17, 2012
  • Formed from:  portions of El Dorado, Amador and Calaveras Counties.
    Established:  16-Mar-1864
    County Seat:  Markleeville, California

    County history - Alpine County is named denoting its origin, the topography and scenery of the region it covers being of the most pronounced Alpine type. The word literally is derived from Alps, and this again from the Celtic root alb, signifying white, referring to the snowy summits.

    Alpine Courthouse
    GHLL Alpine County Package:
    1. American History & Genealogy Project (None found online at the time of this update.)
    2. Cemetery Listings - may include photos, records, name lists, etc..
    3. Cities/Towns/Townships - compiled by Wikipedia
    4. Genealogy Forum - Alpine County, CA Genealogy Forum (Genealogy.com)
    5. Society/Museum/Assn - (Alpine County Historical Museum / township, CA)
          Alpine County Historical Society
          P.O. Box 24
          Markleeville, CA 96120

    6. US/CAGenWeb site - Alpine County Archives
    7. US/CAGenWeb - Alpine County Genealogy & History
    8. Vital Records - Alpine County Recorder, 99 Water Street, Markleeville, CA 96120.
    Additional Local History/Genealogy:
        Adjacent counties (GHLL listings):
             Mono County (east), Tuolumne County (south), Calaveras County (southwest),
             Amador County (west), El Dorado County (northwest), Douglas County, Nevada
             (north).
               Note:   County names in black print are not yet linked, those in blue are
                  clickable, meaning linked.


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    Census Information Alpine County):
  • 1870 Census
  • 1880 Census

  • Please report links or information that should be updated or added:
        Report Form, for Alpine county <----> copy/paste the item(s) which concern you.


  • Amador County, California —
    Information Updated for:  Apr 24, 2010
  • Formed from:  portions of Calaveras County.
    Established:  xx-xxx-1854
    County Seat:  Jackson, California

    County history - Amador County is is the only county in the state named after a native Californian - Jose Maria Amador (1794-1883), a wealthy ranchero before the gold rush, whose great ranch covered much of what is now Amador Valley near Danville. In Spanish, the word amador means "one who loves.".

    Amador Courthouse
    1. Amador County - American History & Genealogy Project (None found online at the time of this update.)
    2. Amador County - Cities/Towns/Townships:  From Wikipedia
    3. Amador County - Genealogical/Historical Society  (Amador County Historical Society / Jackson, CA)
    4. Amador County - US/CAGenWeb site:  (Archives)
    5. Amador County - US/CAGenWeb site:  Genealogy & History
    6. Amador County - Genealogy Forum (Genealogy.com)

      Additional Local History/Genealogy:
    7. Amador County Cemeteries - Listings (county & cemetery); may include photos, records, name lists, etc..
    8. Amador County Vital Records - Amador County Recorder, 500 Argonaut Lane, Jackson, CA 95642.


  • Butte County, California —
    Information Updated for:  Jun 2, 2014
  • Formed from:  portions of unorganized territorial lands [an original County].
    Established:  xx-xxx-1850
    County Seat:  Oroville, California

    County history - Butte County is named for the Sutter Buttes, which were erroneously believed to lie within the county's borders at the time of its creation.

    Butte Courthouse
    GHLL Butte County Package:
    1. American History & Genealogy Project (None found online at the time of this update.)
    2. Cemetery Listings - may include photos, records, name lists, etc..
    3. Cities/Towns/Townships - compiled by Wikipedia
    4. Genealogy Forum - Butte County, CA Genealogy Forum (Genealogy.com)
    5. Society/Museum/Assn - (Butte County Historical Society / Oroville, CA)
    6. Society/Museum/Assn - (Paradise Genealogical Society / Paradise, CA)
    7. US/CAGenWeb site - Butte County Archives
    8. US/CAGenWeb - Butte County Genealogy & History
    9. Vital Records - Butte County Clerk-Recorder's Office, 25 County Center Drive, Suite 105, Oroville, CA 95965-3375.
    Additional Local History/Genealogy:
        Adjacent counties (GHLL listings): 
             Yuba County (south), Sutter County (south), Colusa County (southwest),
             Glenn County (west), Tehama County (north), Plumas County (east).

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    Please report links or information that should be updated or added:
        Report Form, for Butte county <----> copy/paste the item(s) which concern you.


  • Colusa County, California —
    Information Updated for:  Feb 7, 2011
  • Formed from:  portions of two Mexican land grants; Coluses (1844) and Colus (1845) [an original County].
    Established:  xx-xxx-1850
    County Seat:  Colusa, California

    County history - Colusa County is named in honor of the word Colusa, which is derived from the name of the Coru Indian tribe. For hundreds, possibly thousands, of years, the tribe lived on the west side of the Sacramento River. As the story goes, the Coru Indians came to be known by the French explorers that were coming into the area around the 1840s as the Colus  because of twisted pronunciation, and the Indians came to accept the new name. The culture of the Colus was simple and the group was generally peaceful, leaving disputes to be settled by the tribal chief. They gathered nuts, berries and roots and caught waterfowl and fish from the river. Their lives evolved around the river and the children often learned to swim before they could walk. However, in less than a generation after the white man arrived, the Colus and their way of life had passed from the scene.


    Colusa Courthouse
    GHLL Colusa County Package:
    1. American History & Genealogy Project (None found online at the time of this update.)
    2. Cemetery Listings - may include photos, records, name lists, etc..
    3. Cities/Towns/Townships - compiled by Wikipedia
    4. Genealogy Forum - Colusa County, CA Genealogy Forum (Genealogy.com)
    5. Society/Museum/Assn - (Colusi County Historical Society / Willows, CA)
          Colusa County Genealogical Society
          P.O. Box 973
          Williams, CA 95987

    6. US/CAGenWeb site - Colusa County Archives
    7. US/CAGenWeb - Colusa County Genealogy & History
    8. Vital Records - Colusa County Recorder, 546 Jay Street, Colusa, CA 95932-249.
    Additional Local History/Genealogy:
        Adjacent counties (GHLL listings):
             Yolo County (south), Lake County (west), Glenn County (north), Butte County
             (northeast), Sutter County (east).

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  • Contra Costa County, California —
    Information Updated for:  Feb 11, 2013
  • Formed from:  portions of California territorial lands [original county].
    Established:  18-Feb-1850
    County Seat:  Martinez, California

    County history - Contra Costa County derives it's name, which (in Spanish) the meaning is, "Against the coast".

    Contra Costa Courthouse
    1. Contra Costa County - American History & Genealogy Project
    2. Contra Costa County - Cities/Towns/Townships:  From Wikipedia
    3. Contra Costa County - Genealogical/Historical Society  (Contra Costa County Genealogical Society / Concord, CA)
    4. Contra Costa County - Genealogical/Historical Society  (Contra Costa County Historical Society / Martinez, CA)
    5. Contra Costa County - US/CAGenWeb site:  (Archives)
    6. Contra Costa County - US/CAGenWeb site:  Genealogy & History
    7. Contra Costa County - Genealogy Forum (Genealogy.com)

      Additional Local History/Genealogy:
    8. Cemeteries - Listings (county & cemetery); may include photos, records, name lists, etc..
    9. County of Contra Costa Vital Records - Contra Costa County Clerk-Recorder, 730 Las Juntas, artinez, CA 94553-1233.


  • Fresno County, California —
    Information Updated for:  Apr 24, 2010
  • Formed from:  portions of Merced and Mariposa Counties.
    Established:  xx-xxx-1856
    County Seat:  Fresno, California

    County history - Fresno County is named after Fresno Creek. Fresno, in Spanish, signifies "ash tree" and it was due to the abundance of mountain ash or ash trees in the county that it received its name.

    Fresno Courthouse
    GHLL Fresno County Package:
    1. American History & Genealogy Project (None found online at the time of this update.)
    2. Cemetery Listings - may include photos, records, name lists, etc..
    3. Cities/Towns/Townships - compiled by Wikipedia
    4. Genealogy Forum - Fresno County, CA Genealogy Forum (Genealogy.com)
    5. Society/Museum/Assn - (Central Sierra Historical Society / Shaver Lake, CA)
    6. Society/Museum/Assn - (Clovis-Big Dry Creek Historical Society & Museum / Clovis, CA)
    7. Society/Museum/Assn - (Eastern Fresno County Historical Society & Museum / Auberry, CA)
    8. Society/Museum/Assn - (Fresno County Genealogical Society / Fresno, CA)
    9. Society/Museum/Assn - (Fresno County Historical Society / Fresno, CA)
    10. US/CAGenWeb site - Fresno County Archives
    11. US/CAGenWeb - Fresno County Genealogy & History
    12. Vital Records - Fresno County Assessor-Recorder, Hall of Records, 2281 Tulare Street, Rm #201, Fresno, CA 93712.
    Additional Local History/Genealogy:
        Adjacent counties (GHLL listings):
             Tulare County (south), Kings County (south), Monterey County (southwest),
             San Benito County (west), Merced County (northwest), Madera County (north),
             Mono County (northeast), Inyo County (east).

        Fresno County - A History of Fresno County

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  • Humboldt County, California —
    Information Updated for:  Aug 8, 2011
  • Formed from:  portions of Klamath County (Dissolved March 28, 1874), and Trinity County.
    Established:  12-May-1853
    County Seat:  Eureka, California

    County history - Humboldt County derived its name from Humboldt Bay, which was entered by a sea otter hunting 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.

    Humboldt Courthouse
    GHLL Humboldt County Package:
    1. American History & Genealogy Project (None found online at the time of this update.)
    2. Cemetery Listings - may include photos, records, name lists, etc..
    3. Cities/Towns/Townships - compiled by Wikipedia
    4. Genealogy Forum - Humboldt County, CA Genealogy Forum (Genealogy.com)
    5. Society/Museum/Assn - (Humboldt County Historical Society / Eureka, CA)
    6. Society/Museum/Assn - (Humboldt County Family History Society / Eureka, CA)
    7. US/CAGenWeb site - Humboldt County Archives
    8. US/CAGenWeb - Humboldt County Genealogy & History
    9. County of Humboldt Vital Records - Humboldt County Recorder, Vital Records Division, 825 Fifth Street, 5th floor, Eureka, CA 95501
    Additional Local History/Genealogy:
        Adjacent counties (GHLL listings):
             Del Norte County (north), Mendocino County (south), Siskiyou County
             (northeast), Trinity County (east).

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  • Imperial County, California —
    Information Updated for:  May 3, 2010
  • Formed from:  portions of San Diego County.
    Established:  xx-xxx-1907
    County Seat:  El Centro, California

    County history - Imperial County is named from the Imperial Valley, which took its name from the Imperial Land Company (a land developer in the early 20th century in Southern California).

    Imperial Courthouse
    1. Imperial County - American History & Genealogy Project (None found online at the time of this update.)
    2. Imperial County - Cities/Towns/Townships:  From Wikipedia
    3. Imperial County - Genealogical/Historical Society (None found online at the time of this update.)
          Imperial County Historical Society
          373 East Aten Road
          Imperial, CA 92251

    4. Imperial County - US/CAGenWeb site:  (Archives)
    5. Imperial County - US/CAGenWeb site:  Genealogy & History
    6. Imperial County - Genealogy Forum (Genealogy.com)

      Additional Local History/Genealogy:
    7. Imperial County Cemeteries - Listings (county & cemetery); may include photos, records, name lists, etc..
    8. Imperial County Vital Records - Imperial County Recorder, 940 Main St, Rm #202, El Centro, CA 92243.

    9. Society/Museum/Assn - (Imperial Valley College Desert Museum Society, Desert Museum / Ocotillo, CA)


  • Inyo County, California —
    Information Updated for:  May 2, 2010
  • Formed from:  portions of Mono and Tulare Counties.
    Established:  xx-xxx-1866
    County Seat:  Independence, California

    County history - Inyo County is named using a Native American word meaning, "dwelling place of the great spirit".

    Inyo Courthouse
    GHLL Inyo County Package:
    1. American History & Genealogy Project (None found online at the time of this update.)
    2. Cemetery Listings - may include photos, records, name lists, etc..
    3. Cities/Towns/Townships - compiled by Wikipedia
    4. Genealogy Forum - Inyo County, CA Genealogy Forum (Genealogy.com)
    5. US/CAGenWeb site - Inyo County Archives
    6. US/CAGenWeb - Inyo County Genealogy & History
    7. Vital Records - Inyo County Recorder Office, 168 North Edwards Street, P.O. Box F, Independence, CA 93526.
    Additional Local History/Genealogy:
        Adjacent counties (GHLL listings): 
             San Bernardino County (south), Kern County (southwest), Tulare County (west),
             Fresno County (west), Mono County (north), Esmeralda County, Nevada (northeast),
             Nye County, Nevada (east), Clark County, Nevada (southeast).

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