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  • Riverside County, California —
    Information Updated for:  Feb 11, 2013
  • Formed from:  portions of San Bernardino and San Diego Counties, 02-May-1893.
    Established:  09-May-1893
    County Seat:  Riverside, California

    County history - Riverside County is named for the city of Riverside, which is alongside the Santa Ana River and the boundary extends to the Colorado River.

    Riverside Courthouse
    GHLL Riverside County Package:
    1. American History & Genealogy Project - Riverside County AHGP
    2. Cemetery Listings - may include photos, records, name lists, etc..
    3. Cities/Towns/Townships - compiled by Wikipedia
    4. Genealogy Forum - Riverside County, CA Genealogy Forum (Genealogy.com)
    5. Society/Museum/Assn - (Genealogical Society of Riverside / Riverside, CA)
    6. Society/Museum/Assn - (Temecula Valley Genealogical Society / Temecula, CA)
    7. Society/Museum/Assn - (Coachella Valley Historical Society and Museum / Indio, CA)
    8. Society/Museum/Assn - (Riverside Historical Society / Riverside, CA)
    9. US/CAGenWeb site - Riverside County Archives
    10. US/CAGenWeb - Riverside County Genealogy & History
    11. Vital Records - Riverside County Recorder, 2724 Gateway Drive, P.O. Box 751, Riverside, CA 92502.
    Additional Local History/Genealogy:
        Adjacent counties (GHLL listings):
             Imperial County (south), Orange County (west), San Bernardino County (north),
             San Diego County (south), La Paz County, Arizona (east).

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  • Sacramento County, California —
    Information Updated for:  Feb 11, 2013
  • Formed from:  portions of lands of the Mexican Republic [an original County].
    Established:  04-Jan-1850
    County Seat:  Sacramento, California

    County history - Sacramento County was named by Spanish cavalry officer Gabriel Moraga for the "Santisimo Sacramento" (Most Holy Sacrament), referring to the Eucharist.

    Sacramento Courthouse

    Capitol history - Groundbreaking for the Capitol occurred December 4, 1860, but construction was not accomplished quickly. It took nearly 14 years and several administrations to complete the effort.
             Late in the year 1869 the Capitol was partially completed and able to accommodate the Legislature and several state officers including the Governor. However, it took five more years to finish the building. Many recurring obstacles hindered a speedy completion-funds, floods, construction problems, and political fights.
             Even after Sacramento became the permanent seat of California's government in 1854, there were several unsuccessful efforts to relocate the capital to Oakland (1858-59), San Jose (1875-78, 1893, and 1903), Berkeley (1907), and Monterey (1933-41).

    California State Capitol

    GHLL Sacramento County Package:
    1. American History & Genealogy Project - Sacramento County AHGP
    2. Cemetery Listings - may include photos, records, name lists, etc..
    3. Cities/Towns/Townships - compiled by Wikipedia
    4. Genealogy Forum - Sacramento County, CA Genealogy Forum (Genealogy.com)
    5. Society/Museum/Assn - (Genealogical Association of Sacramento / Sacramento, CA)
    6. Society/Museum/Assn - (Jewish Genealogy Society of Sacramento / Sacramento, CA)
    7. Society/Museum/Assn - (Root Cellar, Sacramento Genealogical Society / Citrus Heights, CA)
    8. Society/Museum/Assn - (Sacramento County Historical Society / Sacramento, CA)
    9. Society/Museum/Assn - (Sacramento German Genealogy Society / Sacramento, CA)
    10. US/CAGenWeb site - Sacramento County Archives
    11. US/CAGenWeb - Sacramento County Genealogy & History
    12. Vital Records - County Recorder, 600 8th Street, Rm 108, P.O. Box 839, Sacramento, CA 95812
    Additional Local History/Genealogy:
        Adjacent counties (GHLL listings):
             San Joaquin County (south), Contra Costa County (southwest), Solano County
             (west), Yolo County (west), Sutter County (northwest), Placer County (north),
             El Dorado County (east), Amador County (east).

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  • San Bernardino County, California —
    Information Updated for:  Feb 11, 2013
  • Formed from:  portions of Los Angeles County.
    Established:  xx-xxx-1853
    County Seat:  San Bernardino, California

    County history - San Bernardino County is named in honor of Saint Bernardino of Siena, it is the largest county in the continental United States.

    San Bernardino Courthouse
    GHLL San Bernardino County Package:
    1. American History & Genealogy Project - San Bernardino County AHGP
    2. Cemetery Listings - may include photos, records, name lists, etc..
    3. Cities/Towns/Townships - compiled by Wikipedia
    4. Genealogy Forum - San Bernardino County, CA Genealogy Forum (Genealogy.com)
    5. Society/Museum/Assn - (Hi-Desert Genealogical Society / Victorville, CA)
    6. Society/Museum/Assn - (San Bernardino Valley Genealogical Society / San Bernardino, CA)
    7. Society/Museum/Assn - (San Bernardino County Historical Societies / multiple listings, CA)
    8. US/CAGenWeb site - San Bernardino County Archives
    9. US/CAGenWeb - San Bernardino County Genealogy & History
    10. Vital Records - San Bernardino County Recorder, 222 West Hospitality Lane, San Bernardino, CA 92415.
    Additional Local History/Genealogy:
        Adjacent counties (GHLL listings):
             Inyo County (north), Clark County and Mohave County, Nevada (east),
             La Paz County, Arizona (southeast), Riverside County (south), Orange County
             (southwest), Los Angeles County, Kern County (west).

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  • San Diego County, California —
    Information Updated for:  Oct 17, 2011
  • Formed from:  portions of lands of the Mexican Republic [an original County].
    Established:  04-Jan-1850
    County Seat:  San Diego, California

    County history - San Diego County is named for San Diego Bay, itself named for Saint Didacus of Alcal", or San Diego de Alcal" in Spanish.

    San Diego Courthouse
    GHLL San Diego 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 - San Diego County, CA Genealogy Forum (Genealogy.com)
    5. Society/Museum/Assn - (Chula Vista Genealogical Society / Chula Vista, CA)
    6. Society/Museum/Assn - (Computer Genealogy Society of San Diego / San Diego, CA)
    7. Society/Museum/Assn - (Escondido Genealogical Society / Escondido, CA)
    8. Society/Museum/Assn - (Pursuing Our Italian Names Together, No. 16, POINTers in Person / San Diego, CA)
    9. Society/Museum/Assn - (San Diego African-American Genealogy Research Group / San Diego, CA)
    10. Society/Museum/Assn - (San Diego Jewish Genealogical Society / La Jolla, CA)
    11. Society/Museum/Assn - (San Diego County Genealogical Society / San Diego, CA)
    12. Society/Museum/Assn - (San Diego History Center (SD Hist. Soc.) / San Diego, CA)
    13. Society/Museum/Assn - (San Diego County Historical Societies (multiple listings
    14. US/CAGenWeb site - San Diego County Archives
    15. US/CAGenWeb - San Diego County Genealogy & History
    16. San Diego County Vital Records - San Diego County Recorder, 1600 Pacific Hwy, Rm 260, P.O. Box 1750, San Diego, CA 92112-4147.
    Additional Local History/Genealogy:
        Adjacent counties (GHLL listings):
             Orange County (northwest), Riverside County (north), Imperial County (east),
             Tecate, Baja California, Mexico (southeast), Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico
             (southwest), Pacific Ocean (west).

        Cabrillo National Monument - Climbing out of his boat and onto shore in 1542, Juan
             Rodriguez Cabrillo stepped into history as the first European to set foot on what is
             now the West Coast of the United States. Also see National Parks, Playgrounds,
                Recreational Areas
    .

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        Los Californianos - descendants of Hispanics in Alta, California

    Census Information:
        1850 Census (I) - Federal Census, San Diego County (Index: 1 page).

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  • San Francisco County, California —
    Information Updated for:  Aug 26, 2013
  • Formed from:  portions of lands of the Mexican Republic in 1778 [an original County].
    Established:  04-Jan-1850
    County Seat:  San Francisco, California

    County history - San Francisco County was origionally named Yerba Buena (meaning "good grass", in Spanish) was renamed San Francisco in 1847. Named in honor of St. Francis of Assissi.
             The only consolidated city-county in California, it encompasses a land area of 46.7 square miles (121 km2) on the northern end of the San Francisco Peninsula, giving it a density of 17,323 people/mi"d (6,688.4 people/km"d). It is the second-most densely-settled city in the United States.


    San Francisco Courthouse
    GHLL San Francisco County Package:
    1. American History & Genealogy Project - San Francisco County AHGP
    2. Cemetery Listings - may include photos, records, name lists, etc..
    3. Cities/Towns/Townships - Neighborhoods (County & City are the same):  compiled by Wikipedia
    4. Genealogy Forum - San Francisco County, CA Genealogy Forum (Genealogy.com)
    5. Society/Museum/Assn - (San Francisco Genealogy a branch of the CGS / San Francisco, CA)
    6. Society/Museum/Assn - (San Francisco Historical Society / San Francisco, CA)
    7. Society/Museum/Assn - (Virtual Museum of San Francisco / San Francisco, CA)
    8. US/CAGenWeb site - San Francisco County Archives
    9. US/CAGenWeb - San Francisco County Genealogy & History
    10. Vital Records - San Francisco Assessor, Recorder, #1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place, City Hall Rm #190, San Francisco, CA 94102
    11. Vital Records - San Francisco Department of Public Health, 101 Grove Street, Room 105, San Francisco, CA 94102
    Additional Local History/Genealogy:
        Adjacent counties (GHLL listings):
             Marin County (north across the Golden Gate inlet), Contra Costa County (northeast
             across San Francisco Bay), Alameda County (east across San Francisco Bay),
             San Mateo County (south), Pacific Ocean (west).

        Newspapers - San Francisco Call database for 1869-1896
        Only in San Francisco - An official web site for the City of San Francisco.
        San Francisco City Museum - A list of Persons Who Died as a Result of the Great
             Earthquake and Fire in San Francisco on April 18, 1906
        San Francisco County - Coroner's Report of Decedents' Property compiled 1877-1878.
        San Francisco County - Coroner's Report of Decedents' Property compiled 1878-1879.
        San Francisco County - In photos (old post cards, etc..)

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        San Francisco Virtual Tour - 3958 photos.
        Fort Point National Historic Site - From its vantage point overlooking the spectacular Golden Gate, Fort Point
             protected San Francisco harbor from Confederate and foreign attack during and after the U.S. Civil War. Its
             beautifully arched casemates display the art of the master brick mason from the Civil War period. Also see
             National Parks, Playgrounds, Recreational Areas.

    Census Information:
        1870 Census (T) - Partial Census for ED 39.

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  • San Joaquin County, California —
    Information Updated for:  Feb 11, 2013
  • Formed from:  portions of lands of the Mexican Republic [an original County].
    Established:  04-Jan-1850
    County Seat:  Stockton, California

    County history - San Joaquin County is named in honor of Saint Joachim , who was the husband of Saint Anne and the father of Mary, the mother of Jesus, and therefore is ascribed the title of "forebearer of God", in the Roman Catholic, Orthodox, and Anglican traditions. The story of Saints Joachim and Anne appears in the apocryphal Gospel of James. The County's name is Spanish for Saint Joachim.

    San Joaquin Courthouse
    1. American History & Genealogy Project - San Joaquin County AHGP
    2. San Joaquin County - Cities/Towns/Townships:  From Wikipedia
    3. San Joaquin County - Genealogical/Historical Society  (San Joaquin County Genealogical Society / Stockton, CA)
    4. San Joaquin County - Genealogical/Historical Society  (San Joaquin County Historical Society & Museum / Lodi, CA)
    5. San Joaquin County - US/CAGenWeb site:  (Archives)
    6. San Joaquin County - US/CAGenWeb site:  Genealogy & History
    7. San Joaquin County - Genealogy Forum (Genealogy.com)

      Additional Local History/Genealogy:
    8. San Joaquin County Cemeteries - Listings (county & cemetery); may include photos, records, name lists, etc..
    9. San Joaquin County Vital Records - County Recorder / County Clerk's Office, 44 N San Joaquin Street, Suite 260, Stockton, CA 95201.


  • San Luis Obispo County, California —
    Information Updated for:  Aug 8, 2011
  • Formed from:  portions of lands of the Mexican Republic [an original County].
    Established:  04-Jan-1850
    County Seat:  San Luis Obispo, California

    County history - San Luis Obispo County is named in honor of Saint Louis of Toulouse (February 1274 - 19 August 1297) was a cadet of the royal French house of Anjou who was made a Catholic bishop. The County name is Spanish for St. Louis, the Bishop.

    San Luis Obispo Courthouse
    GHLL SanLuisObispo 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 - SanLuisObispo County, CA Genealogy Forum (Genealogy.com)
    5. Society/Museum/Assn - (San Luis Obispo County Genealogical Society / Paso Robles, CA)
    6. Society/Museum/Assn - (San Luis Obispo County Genealogical Society (Facebook) / Atascadero, CA)
    7. Society/Museum/Assn - (San Luis Obispo County Genealogical Society (Twitter) / Atascadero, CA)
    8. Society/Museum/Assn - (History Center of San Luis Obispo County / San Luis Obispo, CA)
    9. Society/Museum/Assn - (South County Historical Society / Arroyo Grande, CA)
    10. US/CAGenWeb site - SanLuisObispo County Archives
    11. US/CAGenWeb - SanLuisObispo County Genealogy & History
    12. Vital Records - San Luis Obispo County Recorder, 1055 Monterey Street, Room D120, San Luis Obispo, CA 93408.
    Additional Local History/Genealogy:
        Adjacent counties (GHLL listings):
             Monterey County (north), Kings County (northeast), Kern County (east), Ventura
                County
    (southeast), Santa Barbara County (south) Pacific Ocean (west).

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    Census Information:
        1850 Census (I) and (T) - Federal Census, San Luis Obispo County (Index: 1 page / Text: 1 page).

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  • San Mateo County, California —
    Information Updated for:  May 5, 2013
  • Formed from:  portions of San Francisco County.
    Established:  xx-xxx-1856
    County Seat:  Redwood City, California

    County history - San Mateo County is named in honor of Matthew the Evangelist, Standard Hebrew and Tiberian Hebrew: who was, according to Christian tradition, one of the twelve Apostles of Jesus and one of the four Evangelists. The county name is Spanish for Saint Matthew.

    San Mateo Courthouse
    GHLL San Mateo County Package:
    1. American History & Genealogy Project - San Mateo County AHGP
    2. Cemetery Listings - may include photos, records, name lists, etc..
    3. Cities/Towns/Townships - compiled by Wikipedia
    4. Genealogy Forum - San Mateo County, CA Genealogy Forum (Genealogy.com)
    5. Society/Museum/Assn - (San Mateo County Genealogical Society / Redwood City, CA)
    6. Society/Museum/Assn - (San Mateo County Historical Association & Museum / Redwood City, CA)
    7. US/CAGenWeb site - San Mateo County Archives
    8. US/CAGenWeb - San Mateo County Genealogy & History
    9. Vital Records - San Mateo County Recorder, 555 County Center, 1st floor, Redwood City, CA 94063.
    Additional Local History/Genealogy:
        Adjacent counties (GHLL listings):
             San Francisco County (north), Alameda County (east, the actual border is entirely in
             San Francisco Bay), Santa Clara County (southeast), Santa Cruz County (south).

        San Mateo County Records - 1851—1991

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  • Santa Barbara County, California —
    Information Updated for:  Apr 16, 2013
  • Formed from:  portions of lands of the Mexican Republic [an original County].
    Established:  04-Jan-1850
    County Seat:  Santa Barbara, California

    County history - Santa Barbara County is named in honor of Saint Barbara, known in the Eastern Orthodox Church as the Great Martyr Barbara (3rd century - December 4, 306), who was a Christian saint and martyr. Although there is no reference to her in the authentic early Christian writings, nor in the original recension of Saint Jerome's martyrology, veneration of her was common from the seventh century. Because of doubts about the historicity of her legend, she was removed from the liturgical calendar of the Roman rite in 1969. However, she continues to be a popular saint in modern times, perhaps best known as the patron saint of artillerymen, military engineers, miners and others who work with explosives because of her old legend's association with lightning, and also of mathematicians.


    Santa Barbara Courthouse
    GHLL Santa Barbara 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 - Santa Barbara County, CA Genealogy Forum (Genealogy.com)
    5. Society/Museum/Assn - (Lompoc Valley Genealogical Society / Lompoc, CA)
    6. Society/Museum/Assn - (Santa Barbara County Genealogical Society / Goleta, CA)
    7. Society/Museum/Assn - (Santa Barbara Historical Society & Museum / Santa Barbara, CA)
    8. Society/Museum/Assn - (Santa Barbara Trust for Historic Preservation / Santa Barbara, CA)
    9. US/CAGenWeb site - Santa Barbara County Archives
    10. US/CAGenWeb - Santa Barbara County Genealogy & History
    11. Vital Records - Santa Barbara Clerk-Recorder, 1100 Anacapa Street, P.O. Box 159, Santa Barbara, CA 93102.
    Additional Local History/Genealogy:
        Adjacent counties (GHLL listings):
             San Luis Obispo County (north), Kern County (northeast), Ventura County (east).

        El Presidio de Santa Barbara - Surrounded by the bustle of the modern-day city of
             Santa Barbara, El Presidio de Santa Barbara State Historic Park preserves the site
             of the last of four military outposts built by the Spanish along the coast of
             Alta California. Also see National Parks, Playgrounds, Recreational Areas.


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  • Santa Clara County, California —
    Information Updated for:  May 5, 2013
  • Formed from:  portions of lands of the Mexican Republic [an original County].
    Established:  04-Jan-1850
    County Seat:  San Jose, California

    County history - Santa Clara County is named, using the Spanish words for Saint Clare, also for the Santa Clara Valley and the Mission town of Santa Clara.

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

      Additional Local History/Genealogy:
    7. Santa Clara County Cemeteries - Listings (county & cemetery); may include photos, records, name lists, etc..
    8. Santa Clara County Vital Records - Santa Clara County Recorder, East Wing, First floor, 70 West Hedding Street, San Jose, CA 95112.

    9. Society/Museum/Assn - (Portuguese Heritage Society of California & Museum / San Jose, CA)
    10. Society/Museum/Assn - (Santa Clara County Historical Societies & Museums / multiple listings, CA)

      Census Information:
    11. 1870 Census (T) - Federal Census, Santa Clara County, (Text: Alviso / San Jose).


  • Santa Cruz County, California —
    Information Updated for:  May 5, 2013
  • Formed from:  portions of territory of Mexico, an original county.
    Established:  18-Feb-1850
    County Seat:  Santa Cruz, California

    County history - Santa Cruz County was one of the original counties of California, created in 1850 at the time of statehood. In the original act, the county was given the name of "Branciforte", after the Spanish pueblo founded there in 1797; a major watercourse in the county, Branciforte Creek, bears this name. Less than two months later on April 5, 1850, the name was changed to "Santa Cruz" ("Holy Cross").

    Santa Cruz Courthouse
    GHLL Santa Cruz County Package:
    1. American History & Genealogy Project; Santa Cruz County AHGP and / or ALHN (Not found online at this update.)
    2. Cemetery Listings - may include photos, records, name lists, etc..
    3. Cities/Towns/Townships - compiled by Wikipedia
    4. Genealogy Forum - Santa Cruz County, CA Genealogy Forum (Genealogy.com)
    5. Society/Museum/Assn - (Santa Cruz County Genealogical Society / Santa Cruz, CA)
    6. Society/Museum/Assn - (Scotts Valley Historical Society / Scotts Valley, CA)
    7. US/CAGenWeb site - Santa Cruz County Archives
    8. US/CAGenWeb - Santa Cruz County Genealogy & History
    9. Vital Records - Santa Cruz County Recorder, 701 Ocean Street, Rm 230, Santa Cruz, CA 95060.
    Additional Local History/Genealogy:
        Adjacent counties (GHLL listings):
             San Mateo County (Northwest), Santa Clara County (Northeast & East), San Benito
                County
    (Southeast), Monterey County (South), Pacific Ocean (West-Centeral
             Coast).
               Note:   County names in gray print are not yet linked, those in blue are
                  clickable (meaning linked).

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        UCSC University Library - Oral History Primer

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  • Shasta County, California —
    Information Updated for:  Aug 27, 2012
  • Formed from:  portions of lands of the Mexican Republic [an original County].
    Established:  04-Jan-1850
    County Seat:  Redding, California

    County history - Shasta County is named after Mount Shasta despite the fact the volcanic peak isn't located in the county per se.; the name "Shasta" is derived from the English equivalent for the name of an Indian tribe that once lived in the area. The name of the tribe was spelled in various ways until the present version was used when the county was established. Originally Mt. Shasta was within the county, but it is now part of Siskiyou County, to the north.

    Shasta Courthouse
    GHLL Shasta 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 - Shasta County, CA Genealogy Forum (Genealogy.com)
    5. Society/Museum/Assn - (Shasta Genealogical Society / Redding, CA)
    6. Society/Museum/Assn - (Millville Historical Society / Millville, CA)
    7. US/CAGenWeb site - Shasta County Archives
    8. US/CAGenWeb - Shasta County Genealogy & History
    9. Vital Records - Shasta County Recorder, 1450 Court Street Suite 208-A, Redding, CA 96001.
    Additional Local History/Genealogy:
        Adjacent counties (GHLL listings):
             Tehama County (south), Trinity County (west), Siskiyou County (north), Modoc
                County
    (northeast)
    , Lassen County (east), Plumas County (southeast).
             Note:   Counties followed by green print are not yet linked.


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    Census Information:
        1920 Census (I) and (T) - Federal Census, Shasta County, ED-107 (Text: 3 pages).

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  • Sierra County, California —
    Information Updated for:  Oct 26, 2009
  • Formed from:  portions of Yuba County.
    Established:  16-Apr-1852
    County Seat:  Downieville, California

    County history - Sierra County is named for the part of the Sierra Nevada which in Spanish means "snow saw", which applied to this portion of the mountain chain with its jagged, serrated, saw tooth-like peaks.

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

      Additional Local History/Genealogy:
    7. Sierra County Cemeteries - Listings (county & cemetery); may include photos, records, name lists, etc..
    8. Sierra County Vital Records - County Clerk-Recorder, P. O. Drawer D, 100 Courthouse Square, Suite 11, Downieville, CA 95936.


  • Solano County, California —
    Information Updated for:  Feb 3, 2010
  • Formed from:  portions of lands of the Mexican Republic [an original County].
    Established:  04-Jan-1850
    County Seat:  Fairfield, California

    County history - Solano County is named in honor of From an Indian Chief, Chief Solano of the Suisunes, a Native American tribe of the region.

    Solano Courthouse
    GHLL Solano 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 - Solano County, CA Genealogy Forum (Genealogy.com)
    5. Society/Museum/Assn - (Solano County Genealogical Society / Fairfield, CA)
    6. Society/Museum/Assn - (Genealogy Society of Vallejo-Benicia / Vallejo, CA)
    7. US/CAGenWeb site - Solano County Archives
    8. US/CAGenWeb - Solano County Genealogy & History
    9. Vital Records - Solano County Assessor/Recorder, Vital Records, 675 Texas Street Suite 2700, Fairfield, CA 94533.
    Additional Local History/Genealogy:
        Adjacent counties (GHLL listings):
             Contra Costa County (south), Sonoma County (west), Napa County (west), Yolo
                County
    (north), Sacramento County (east).

        1922 Yearbook - "The Netherlands" Rio Vista Joint Union High School
        Solano County - Dixon Public Library

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  • Sonoma County, California —
    Information Updated for:  Feb 11, 2013
  • Formed from:  portions of lands of the Mexican Republic [an original County].
    Established:  04-Jan-1850
    County Seat:  Santa Rosa, California

    County history - Sonoma County is named after the village of Sonoma. Sonoma was one of the original counties formed when California became a state in 1850 with its county seat originally the town of Sonoma. However, by the early 1850s the town of Sonoma had declined in importance in terms of both commerce and population, its county buildings were crumbling, and it was relatively remote. Joseph Hooker of Sonoma and introduced a bill that ultimately resulted in Santa Rosa being confirmed as county seat in 1854.


    Sonoma Courthouse
    GHLL Sonoma County Package:
    1. American History & Genealogy Project - Sonoma County AHGP
    2. Cemetery Listings - may include photos, records, name lists, etc..
    3. Cities/Towns/Townships - compiled by Wikipedia
    4. Genealogy Forum - Sonoma County, CA Genealogy Forum (Genealogy.com)
    5. Society/Museum/Assn - (Sonoma County Genealogical Society / Santa Rosa, CA)
    6. Society/Museum/Assn - (Sonoma County Historical Society / tSanta Rosa, CA)
    7. US/CAGenWeb site - Sonoma County Archives
    8. US/CAGenWeb - Sonoma County Genealogy & History
    9. Vital Records - Sonoma County Clerk-Recorder-Assessor, 585 Fiscal Drive, Suite 104-F, Santa Rosa, CA 95403.
    Additional Local History/Genealogy:
        Adjacent counties (GHLL listings):
             Mendocino County (north), Lake County (northeast), Napa County (east), Solano
                County
    (southeast), Marin County (south), Contra Costa County (southeast, across
             San Pablo Bay).

        Sonoma County - 1890 Great Register of Voters
        Sonoma County - 1890 Reconstructed Census Index
        Sonoma County - California Death Records 1873-1905 Index
        Sonoma County - Court Judgements
        Sonoma County - Database of Vital Data in Newspapers 1881-1885
        Sonoma County - Early Land Grants 1846-1850
        Sonoma County - Naturalization Records Index 1906-1930 database
        Sonoma County - Malitia Lists, 1846-1900

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  • Stanislaus County, California —
    Information Updated for:  May 3, 2010
  • Formed from:  portions of Tuolumne County.
    Established:  xx-xxx-1854
    County Seat:  Modesto, California

    County history - Stanislaus County is named for the Stanislaus River, first discovered by Gabriel Moraga in 1806, and later renamed Rio Estanislao in honor of Estanislao, a mission-educated renegade Native American chief who led a band of Indians in a series of battles against Mexican troops until finally being defeated by General Mariano Vallejo in 1826. Estanislao was his baptismal name, the Spanish rendition of Stanislaus, itself the Latin rendition of the name of an 11th century Catholic Saint Stanislav.
             Residents have traditionally pronounced "Stanislaus" according to its Spanish form with a silent trailing "S"; e.g. "STAN-s-l 0w.


    Stanislaus Courthouse
    GHLL Stanislaus 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 - Stanislaus County, CA Genealogy Forum (Genealogy.com)
    5. Society/Museum/Assn - (Genealogical Society of Stanislaus County / Modesto, CA)
    6. Society/Museum/Assn - (McHenry Museum and Historical Society / Newman, CA)
    7. Society/Museum/Assn - (Newman Historical Society and Museum / Modesto, CA)
    8. Society/Museum/Assn - (Patterson Township Historical Society / Patterson, CA)
    9. US/CAGenWeb site - Stanislaus County Archives
    10. US/CAGenWeb - Stanislaus County Genealogy & History
    11. Vital Records - Stanislaus County Clerk/Recorder, 1201 I Street, Suite 101, Modesto, CA 95354.
    Additional Local History/Genealogy:
        Adjacent counties (GHLL listings):
             Santa Clara County (southwest), San Joaquin County (northwest),
             Calaveras County (north), Tuolumne County (northeast), Merced County (south),
             Mariposa County (southeast by a corner), Alameda County (northwest by a corner).

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    Census Information:
        1900 Census (T) - Federal Census, Stanislaus County (Text: ed-050, ed-052, ed-053, ed-058).

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        Correction or addition Report for this county - just copy/paste the URL for this page and the item which concerns you.


  • Sutter County, California —
    Information Updated for:  May 4, 2010
  • Formed from:  portions of lands of the Mexican Republic [an original County].
    Established:  04-Jan-1850
    County Seat:  Yuba City, California

    County history - Sutter County is named in honor of Johann Augustus Sutter (a.k.a. John Sutter) (1803-1880), a Swiss pioneer of California known for his association with the California Gold Rush. His ranch land was originally named Nueva Helvetia after his homeland of Switzerland in Latinized-Spanish.

    Sutter Courthouse
    GHLL Sutter 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 - Sutter County, CA Genealogy Forum (Genealogy.com)
    5. Society/Museum/Assn - (Yuba Historical Society / Marysville, CA)
          Sutter-Yuba Genealogical Society
          P. O. Box 2523
          Marysville, CA 95901

         Sutter County Historical Society
         P. O. Box 1004
         Yuba City, CA 95992

    6. US/CAGenWeb site - Sutter County Archives
    7. US/CAGenWeb - Sutter County Genealogy & History
    8. Sutter County Vital Records - Sutter County Clerk-Recorder, 433 Second Street, Yuba City, CA 95991.
    Additional Local History/Genealogy:
        Adjacent counties (GHLL listings):
             Sacramento County (south), Yolo County (south), Colusa County (west), Butte
                County
    (north), Yuba County (east), Placer County (southeast).

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