Humboldt County, California Genealogy

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

Humboldt County Website


County Information

Humboldt County, California Record Dates

Beginning Dates for Major County Records[1]
Birth Marriage Death Census Land Probate
1876 1864 1873 1850 1864 1886

County Courthouse


County Clerk has divorce, probate and court records from 1853 County Recorder has birth, marriage, death and burial and land records[2]


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 [3]

Description

The county was named from Humboldt Bay. The County Seat is Eureka and was founded 1853.[4] It is located in the North West area of the state.[5]

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 MapofUS.org website.

Records Loss

1924--Humboldt County Courthouse damaged by fire. County records were not destroyed.

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

Cemeteries of Humboldt, California online and in print
Tombstone Transcriptions Online
TombstoneTranscriptions in Print (Often more complete)
List of Cemeteries in the County
See California Cemeteries for more information

The following web site may have additional information on Humboldt County cemeteries.

Census

For tips on accessing Humboldt 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

  • Hydesville

Crime and Criminals

Directories

Court Records

Ethnic, Political, or Religious Groups

Gazetteers

Genealogy

History

Local histories are available for Humboldt 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.

Maps

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Migration

Military History and Records

Civil War

Regiments. Service men in Humboldt County, California Genealogy served in various regiments. Men often joined a company (within a regiment) that originated in their county. Listed below are companies that were specifically formed in Humboldt County, California Genealogy:

- 1st Battalion Mountaineers, California Infantry (Union), Company A
- 1st Battalion Mountaineers, California Infantry (Union), Company B
- 1st Battalion Mountaineers, California Infantry (Union), Company C
World War I
World War II

Naturalization and Citizenship

Newspapers

Additional newspapers abstracts can sometimes be found using search phrases such as Humboldt County, California Genealogy 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 FamilySearch Catalog lists films of probate records. To find the records for this county, use the Place Search for California - Humboldt - Probate records.

Online Probate Records

Repositories

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.

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. See also How to order California Vital Records

Birth
Marriage
Divorce
Death

Voting Registers

Genealogy Societies, Archives and Libraries

Humbolt County Historical Society
703 8th St
Eureka, California 95501
Phone:(707) 445-4342
E-Mail:[1]
Website

Humboldt County Genealogical Society
2336 – G Street
Eureka CA 95501

Humboldt County Historical Society
PO Box 8000
Eureka, CA 95502

Redwood Genealogical Society
PO Box 645
Fortuna, CA 95540
Website

Websites

References

  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), Humboldt 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. Genealogy Trails History Group, “Humboldt County, California Genealogy and History”, http://genealogytrails.com/cal/humboldt/#.WQeZFjEzqM8 5/01/2017.
  5. Wikipedia contributors, "Humboldt County," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Humboldt_County,_California 5/01/2017.