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Humboldt County, California
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Location of California in the U.S.
Facts
Founded May 12, 1853
County Seat Eureka
Courthouse
Address Humboldt County Courthouse
 825 5th St;
Eureka, CA 95501;
Phone 707.476.2384 

Humboldt County Website

Contents

County Courthouse


County Clerk has divorce, probate and court records from 1853 County Recorder has birth, marriage, death and burial and land records[1]


=== Historical Facts ===

Wikipedia
Wikipedia has more about this subject: Humboldt County, California

Parent Counties

12 May 1853: Humboldt County was created from Trinity County and part of the former Klamath County.
County seat: Eureka [2]

Boundary Changes

Record Loss

1924--Humboldt County Courthouse damaged by fire on September 7, 1924.  The clock tower was destroyed.  County records were not destroyed. [3]

Places/Localities

Populated Places

Indian Reservations or Rancherias

The Big Lagoon Indian Rancheria is located in this county.

Neighboring Counties

Resources

Bible Records

Biography

Cemeteries

Census

For tips on accessing Humboldt County, California 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

  • Hydesville

Crime and Criminals

Directories

Court Records

Ethnic, Political, or Religious Groups

Germans

Gazetteers

Genealogy

History

Local histories are available for Humboldt County, California. 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.

Maps

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Migration

Military History and Records

Naturalization and Citizenship

Newspapers

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

Obituaries

Periodicals

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 Family History Library Catalog lists films of probate records. To find the records for this county, use the Place Search for California - Humboldt - Probate records.

Repositories

Archives, Libraries and Museums

County Courthouse

Family History Centers

Societies

Taxation

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.

Birth

Marriage

Divorce

Death

Voting Registers

Web Sites

References

  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Humboldt County, California. Page 84 At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  2. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).
  3. GenDisasters.com - Eureka, CA Courthouse Tower Fire, Sept 1924 http://www3.gendisasters.com/california/7296/eureka-ca-humboldt-county-courthouse-tower-fire-sept-1924

 

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