Shasta County, California Genealogy

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Guide to Shasta County, California ancestry, family history, and genealogy birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.


Shasta County, California
Map of California highlighting Shasta County
Location in the state of California
Map of the U.S. highlighting California
Location of California in the U.S.
Founded February, 1850
County Seat Redding
Address Shasta County Courthouse
1643 Market Street
PO Box 990880
Redding, CA 96099
Phone: 530.225.5730
Shasta County Website

County Information

Shasta County, California Record Dates

Beginning Dates for Major County Records[1]
Birth Marriage Death Census Land Probate
1873 1852 1873 1850 1852 1880

County Courthouse

County Clerk has divorce, probate and court records from 1880
County Recorder has birth, marriage and death records[2]

Historical Facts

Parent County

18 February 1850: Shasta County was created as an original county. County seat: Redding [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.

Records Loss

14 June 1853: All records were destroyed in the great fire of June 14th, 1853


Populated Places

Indian Reservations or Rancherias

The Big Bend Indian Rancheria is located in this county.

Neighboring Counties


Bible Records



Tombstone Transcriptions Online Tombstone Transcriptions in Print List of Cemeteries in the county Family History Library
CAGenWeb WorldCat Billion Graves
CAGenWeb Archives
Tombstone Project
Billion Graves
See California Cemeteries for more information.


For tips on accessing Shasta 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

  • Redding
  • Shasta

Court Records

Crime and Criminals


Ethnic, Political, or Religious Groups





Local histories are available for Shasta 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.




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

Military History and Records

Civil War

Regiments. Service men in Shasta 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 Shasta County, California Genealogy:

- 4th Regiment, California Infantry (Union), Company C

Naturalization and Citizenship


Additional newspapers abstracts can sometimes be found using search phrases such as Shasta 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 - Shasta - 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





Voting Registers

Genealogy Societies, Archives and Libraries

Shasta Genealogical Society
P.O. Box 994652
Redding 96099-4652

Shasta Genealogical Society
P.O. Box 493431
Redding, CA 96049-3431

Shasta County Historical Society
1449 Market Street
Redding, CA 96001
Phone: 530-243-3720

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), Shasta County, California. Page 87At 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).