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County Courthouse

Clerk- Recorder Divisions
2954 Richardson Drive
Auburn, CA 95603 Dewitt Larry Oddo Building
Recordings - (530) 886-5600
Clerk - (530) 886-5610
Fax: (530) 886-5687
E-mail: clerk@placer.ca.gov
Placer County Free Public Records

History

Parent County

1851--Placer County was created 25 April 1851 from Sutter and Yuba Counties. County seat: Auburn [1]

Boundary Changes

Record Loss

Migration

May 13, 1865, the Central Pacific Railroad reached Auburn, Placer County, California from Sacramento.

Places/Localities

Populated Places

Populated places in Placer County include:

  • Alta
  • Auburn
  • Colfax
  • Dutch Flat
  • Foresthill
  • Gold Hill
  • Gold Run
  • Iowa Hill
  • Newcastle
  • Rocklin
  • Roseville
  • Tahoe City
  • Weimar
  • Yankee Jims

Neighboring Counties


Resources

Cemeteries

The following web sites have entries for people buried in Placer County. None have complete lists:

In the Family History Library Catalog Place Search on FamilySearch, for Placer, California, look at the list of records for Cemeteries. Films can be sent to family history centers. Public libraries may have copies of the books or can obtain them through Interlibrary Loan.

Church

Church records are usually found in the towns rather than on the county level. Search the Family History Library Catalog - Place Search for the appropriate town in Placer County.

LDS Ward and Branch Records

  • Auburn
  • Roseville

Court

The Placer County Archives and Research Center has the following records:

Court Case Files 1851-1925

  • Assessment Rolls and Maps 1851-1961
  • Record of Wills 1874-1963
  • Board of Supervisor's Minutes 1852-1980

Naturalization Papers 1852-1939

  • Deed Books 1851-1960
  • Great Register of Voters 1867-1974
  • Department of Education Records 1895-1997
  • Mining Records 1856-1947

In the Family History Library Catalog Place Search on FamilySearch, for Placer, California, look at the list of records for Naturalization and citizenship and Naturalization and citizenship - Indexes. Films can be sent to family history centers.

Placer County Court Directory gives addresses, phone numbers, fax numbers and links to the courts web sites and online resources..

Land

County Clerk - Recorder keeps the land records.  Land records are scanned and indexed in a grantor/grantee index. The index is cross-referenced by document type, document number and the names of the parties. The index and images of the original documents are available to the public for research or to have copies made.

In the Family History Library Catalog Place Search on FamilySearch, for Placer County, California, look at the list of records for Land and property. Films can be sent to family history centers.

Local Histories

Google Books has some books about the history and people in Placer County, California. Try various search terms, including the names of people. Books designated with "Full view" can be read online.

In the Family History Library Catalog Place Search on FamilySearch, for Placer County, California, look at the list of records for History. Films can be sent to family history centers. Public libraries may have copies of the books or can obtain them through Interlibrary Loan.

Maps

For historical maps,search the following free sites:

Maps-Historical-Sate of California, the Carlifornia 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 Placer, California

Perry-Castaneda Map Collection for California

Military

The California State Military Museum has a great deal of historical information and links to other military web sites.

Ancestry.com has Records of California men in the War of the Rebellion, 1861 to 1867

Newspapers

The California Digital Newspaper Collection has newspapers from 1848 through 1922.  You can search by keyword, including names, and/or by date.

Probate

In the Family History Library Catalog Place Search on FamilySearch, for Placer County, California, look at the list of records for Probate records. Films can be sent to family history centers.

The Placer County Archives and Research Center has probate records from 1851-1960.

Taxation

Vital Records

At RootsWeb is an index to California Death Records 1940-1997 (free)

At Ancestry is the California Birth Index, 1905-1995 ($)

For marriages from 1850-1870 see Western States Marriage Index.

In the Family History Library Catalog Place Search on FamilySearch, for Placer County, California, look at the list of records for Vital records. Films can be sent to family history centers.

ThePlacer County Clerk-Recorder's Office has birth, death and marriage records for Placer County. This office has birth and death records, 1873 to the present and marriage records 1852 to the present.

Placer County California Vital Records
Placer County Clerk-Recorder
2954 Richardson Drive
Auburn, CA 95603
Phone: (530) 886-5600
Fax: (530) 886-5687
Guidelines For Ordering Vital Records

Societies and Libraries

Societies

Placer County Genealogical Society


Libraries

Placer County Pulblic Library 

Placer County Library
350 Nevada Street
Auburn, CA 95603
530-886-4550
Email = library@placerlibrary.org

Placer County Online Catalog

Library branches in Placer County giving addresses and phone numbers with dates and hours open

Lake Tahoe Branches of the Placer County Library System


Archives and Research Center

11437 D Avenue West
DeWitt Center
Auburn, CA 95603

Mailing address:
101 Maple Street
Auburn, CA 95603

Phone:  530-889-7789 | Fax: 530-889-7708

Sparks Law Library of Placer County

1523 Lincoln Way, Auburn
(530) 823-2573


Web Sites

References

  1. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).

 

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