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=== Land and Property  ===
=== Land and Property  ===
=== Maps  ===
=== Maps ===
=== Migration ===
Early migration routes to and from {{PAGENAME}} for emigrant settlers included:<ref>National Park Service, "California Trail" (map) in ''California National Historic Trail'' at http://www.nps.gov/cali/planyourvisit/upload/CALImap1-web.pdf  (accessed 5 August 2011).</ref><ref>Wikipedia contributors, "California Trail" in ''Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia'' at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/California_Trail (accessed 5 August 2012).</ref>
*'''''[[California Trail]]''''' 1844 to 1869 from western Missouri to northern California
:*'''''Carson (River) Trail''''' 1848 (aka '''''Mormon Emigrant Trail''''') crossed the [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Forty_Mile_Desert#Forty_Mile_Desert Forty Mile Desert] past the west side of the [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carson_Sink Carson Sink] to pick up the [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carson_River Carson River] near [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fallon,_Nevada Fallon, Nevada] up to Hope Valley and Red Lake. The Devil's Ladder then climbed 700 feet (210 m) in half a mile so ropes, chains, and pulleys were required to lift the wagons. [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carson_Pass Carson Pass] was followed by the relatively easy West Pass ([http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kirkwood,_California Kirkwood, California]) and then on to [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pollock_Pines,_California Pollock Pines], [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Placerville,_California Placerville], and [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sutter%27s_Fort Sutter's Fort, California]
::*'''''Johnson's Cutoff''''' 1850-1851 (aka '''''Placerville Route''''', '''''Lake Tahoe Route''''' and '''''Day's Route''''') from [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sparks,_Nevada Carson City, Nevada] past the south end of [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lake_Tahoe Lake Tahoe] going south and then west to [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Placerville,_California Placerville, California] and [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sacramento,_California Sacramento]
::*'''''Daggett Pass''''' 1850 (aka '''''Georgetown Pack Trail''''') Carson Valley, Nevada to Johnson's Cutoff near South [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lake_Tahoe Lake Tahoe], California
::*'''''Grizzly Flat Road''''' 1852 an extension of Carson Trail down the middle fork of the [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cosumnes_River Consumnes River] to [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grizzly_Flat Grizzly Flat] and [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Placerville,_California Placerville, California]
::*'''''Volcano Road''''' 1852 from Coral Flat ([http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pioneer,_California Pioneer]) on the Carson Trail to [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Volcano,_California Volcano, California]
::*'''''Luther Pass Trail''''' 1854 connected the Carson Trail and Johnson's Cutoff and allowed travelers to avoid [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lake_Tahoe Lake Tahoe]. It became one of the routes to the [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Comstock_Lode Comstock Lode] in [[Nevada|Nevada]]
=== Military History and Records  ===
=== Military History and Records  ===

Revision as of 20:20, 5 August 2011

United States > California > El Dorado County

County Courthouse

Quick Facts

Wikipedia has more about this subject: El Dorado County, California

Parent County

18 February 1850: El Dorado County was created ;as an original county. County seat: Placerville [1]

Boundary Changes

Record Loss


Placerville, Cal., May 16. -- Fire which broke out in a barn in the center of town last night, destroyed the courthouse, and several business houses, entailing a loss of about $100,000.

The Ogden Standard Utah 1910-05-16

source: gendisasters.com


Populated Places

Neighboring Counties

Alpine | Amador | Placer | Sacramento | Douglas County, Nevada


Archives and and Libraries



Church History and Records

Court Records


Land and Property



Early migration routes to and from El Dorado County, California Genealogy for emigrant settlers included:[2][3]

Military History and Records


Probate Records


Vital Records

For marriages from 1850-1875
Western States Marriage Index.

Societies, Libraries and Museums

Family History Centers



  1. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).
  2. National Park Service, "California Trail" (map) in California National Historic Trail at http://www.nps.gov/cali/planyourvisit/upload/CALImap1-web.pdf (accessed 5 August 2011).
  3. Wikipedia contributors, "California Trail" in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/California_Trail (accessed 5 August 2012).