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Amador County, California
Map of California highlighting Amador County
Location in the state of California
Map of the U.S. highlighting California
Location of California in the U.S.
Founded May 11, 1854
County Seat Jackson
Address Amador County Courthouse
500 Argonaut Lane
Jackson, CA 95642
Phone: 209-223-6468

Amador County Website


County Information

Amador County, California Record Dates

Beginning Dates for Major County Records[1]
Birth Marriage Death Census Land Probate
1854 1864 1873 1850 1854 1854

County Courthouse

Clerk of the Superior Court has divorce, probate and court records.[2]

County Archives has naturalization records.

Historical Facts

Wikipedia has more about this subject: Amador County, California

Parent County

11 May 1854: Amador County was created from Calaveras and El Dorado Counties.
County seat: Jackson [3]

Boundary Changes

For animated maps illustrating California county boundary changes, "Rotating Formation California County Boundary Maps" (1850-1925) may be viewed for free at the website.

Record Loss

1862: Courthouse burned and many records were damaged. For a list of record loss in California counties see: California Counties with Burned Courthouses

For further information on researching in burned counties, see the following:


Populated Places

Neighboring Counties


Bible Records



Individual cemeteries



For tips on accessing Amador County, California Genealogy census records online, see: California Census.

Church History and Records

Church records and the information they provide vary significantly depending on the denomination and the record keeper. They may contain information about members of the congregation, such as age, date of baptism, christening, or birth; marriage information and maiden names; and death date. For general information about California denominations, view the California Church Records wiki page.

LDS Ward and Branch Records

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Court Records

Crime and Criminals


Ethnic, Political, or Religious Groups




Local histories are available for Amador County, California Genealogy. County histories may include biographies, church, school and government history, and military information. For more information about local histories, see the Wiki page section California Local Histories.

Land and Property

Land and property records can place an ancestor in a particular location, provide economic information, and reveal family relationships. Land records include: deeds, abstracts and indexes, mortgages, leases, grants and land patents.

See California Land and Property for additional information about early California land grants. After land was transferred to private ownership, subsequent transactions were usually recorded at the county courthouse and where records are currently housed.


For historical maps, search the following free sites: • Maps of California (1850-1925)

Maps-Historical-State of California, the California government's site. Links to American Memory (Library of Congress), California Missions, and the State Library

Historical Maps of California

California Maps - HSU Library, also lists and links to gazetteers

David Rumsey Collection for Amador, California

Perry-Castaneda Map Collection for California

For topographical maps of California mountains, rivers, etc., try the sites listed at USGS Topographic Maps of California.

For current maps, search Google Maps or MapQuest or other map services online.



Early migration routes to and from Amador County, California Genealogy for emigrant settlers included:[4][5]

Military History and Records

Civil War

- 1st Regiment, California Infantry (Union), Company C
- 7th Regiment, California Infantry (Union) , Company C

Naturalization and Citizenship


Additional newspapers abstracts can sometimes be found using search phrases such as Amador County, California Genealogy newspapers in online catalogs like:



Probate Records

The county clerk is usually the custodian of probate records. The records include wills, fee books, claim registers, legacy records, inheritance records, probate ticklers, and dockets.

Content: Probate Records may give the decedent's date of death, names of his or her spouse, children, parents, siblings, in-laws, neighbors, associates, relatives, and their place of residence.

You can obtain copies of the original probate records (such as wills and estate files) by writing to the county clerk at the county courthouse.

The FamilySearch Catalog lists films of probate records. To find the records for this county, use the Place Search for California - Amador - Probate records.

Online Probate Records


Archives, Libraries and Museums

County Courthouse

Family History Centers

Family History Centers provide one-on-one assistance and free access to premium genealogical websites. In addition, many centers have free how-to genealogy classes. See Family History Center for more information. Search the online FHC directory for a nearby family history center.



California tax records complement land records and can supplement the years between censuses. There may be gaps of several years in the tax records of some counties. For more information, see the wiki page California Taxation.

Vital Records

Vital Records consist of births, adoptions, marriages, divorces, and deaths recorded on registers, certificates, and documents. See the CDC Where to Write website for information on acquiring copies of these records. The State office has records since July 1905. For earlier records, contact the County Recorder. See also How to order California Vital Records



For marriages from 1854-1885 see the Western States Marriage Index.



Voting Registers

Genealogy Societies, Archives and Libraries

Amador County Historical Society
P.O. Box 761
Jackson 95642

Amador County Genealogical Society
322 Via Verde
Sutter Creek 95685

Amador County Historical Society
148 Main Street, Suite A
Jackson, CA 95642

Amador County Archives
12200-A Airport Rd.
Jackson, CA 95642
Phone: 209-223-6389
Appointments Recommended

Web Sites



  1. Alice Eichholz, Ancestry’s Red Book: American State, County and Town Sources, Revised ed. (Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1992), 62-75. At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27rb 1992
  2. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Amador County, California. Page 84 At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  3. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).
  4. National Park Service, "California Trail" (map) in California National Historic Trail at (accessed 5 August 2011).
  5. Wikipedia contributors, "California Trail" in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia at (accessed 5 August 2012).


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