Shasta County, California Facts
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Shasta County Facts
- Government Website: http://www.co.shasta.ca.us
- County Seat: Redding
- Created Date / Origin: February 18, 1850 as one of the original 27 counties (For the first year of organization, Trinity County was attached to Shasta County.)
- Boundary Changes:
- Most of Shasta County has been in that county since 1850.
- Territory in Butte County from 1850 to 1854, was in Plumas County from 1854 to 1872 when it was added to Shasta County.
- Territory which at one time was in Shasta County is now in Lassen County, Modoc County, Siskiyou County, and Tehama County.
- Named After: Mount Shasta. the name Shasta is derived from the English equivalent for the name of an Indian tribe that once lived in the area. The name of the tribe was spelled in various ways until the present version was used when the county was established.
- Bordering Counties: Tehama County (south), Trinity County (west), Siskiyou County (north), Modoc County (northeast), Lassen County (east), Plumas County (southeast)
- Cities & Towns: Anderson, Redding, Shasta Lake City
- CDPs ( census-designated place) Include Big Bend, Burney, Cottonwood, Fall River Mills, French Gulch, Lakehead-Lakeshore, McArthur, Millville, Montgomery Creek, Palo Cedro, Round Mountain, Shingletown
- Other Communities: Bella Vista, Cassel, Castella, Hat Creek, Igo, Oak Run, Old Station, Platina, Pollard Flat, Shasta, Whitmore
Shasta County Societies and Family History Resources
A list of Shasta County Historical and Genealogical Societies, Forums, Message Boards, Libraries, Archives.
- California State Genealogy Network (facebook.com)
- Shasta County
Historical Society, 1449 Market Street, Redding, CA 96001;
- Shasta Genealogical Society, P.O. Box 493431, Redding, CA
- Shasta Cascade Rail Preservation Society, P.O. Box 994714 , Redding, CA 96099-4714
- Shasta County, California Message Boards (boards.ancestry.com) read and post messages about your ancestors in Shasta County
- Shasta County, California Genealogy Forum (genforum.genealogy.com) read and post messages with other genealogy researchers for Shasta County
- USGenWeb Archives for Shasta County (usgwarchives.net)
Shasta County Courthouse and Government Records
Researchers often overlook the advantages of Shasta County court, probate, and land files as a useful resource of genealogical details. Hidden away in California courthouses and archives everywhere tend to be the dreams and frustrations of the many California inhabitants.
The possibilities are great that your potential forefathers have left a detailed document of at least a number of facets of their lives in the Shasta County court records. Even if your ancestors is not mentioned in a Court case, contemplate all of the other methods that could have lead to her or him showing up in court records.
Courthouse History - After a new courthouse was built in Redding in 1956, Shasta's third courthouse was used as a county office building until 1963, when it was demolished to make room for a court annex. Locals remember that the tax assessor's office was placed on the upper floor of the building to discourage complaints about assessments. The statue of Justice and the bell from the dome of the old building are displayed on the grounds.
Remember to get in touch with the clerk's dept to verify hours, mailing address, fees and other specifics prior to visiting or seeking information because of in some cases changing contact details. The Department Offices DO NOT DO RESEARCH. The data files are readily available to interested parties, barring private issues. A good number of employees will assist persons in obtaining the materials, but it's up to the person to do the research.
Some counties encompass land settled in the eighteenth century; their records pre-date county formation. Land transactions and vital records recorded in the county are at the county recorder's office. The county clerk general has probate books and files from the county's superior court, civil court records, and naturalizations. Divorces may be in either place, depending on how filed.
The following facts indicates whatever marriage, birth, death, land, wills, and court records will be in Shasta County. The years indicated below are considered the first widely known records for this county. Land was added from Plumas County in 1872. All records were destroyed in the great fire of June 14th, 1853
- Shasta County Courthouse (all departments listed below are located here, unless otherwise noted)
- Shasta County Recorder-Clerk is s responsible for examination and recording of all documents presented for recording that deal with establishing ownership of land in the County or as required by statute; administers the real property transfer tax law and maintains a permanent record and indexes of all documents for public viewing plus providing certified copies requested by the public; recording of all lawful documents such as deeds, deeds of trust, judgments, liens, affidavits, Uniform Commercial Code Financial Statements, etc; and the filing of Births, Deaths, and Marriages.
- Address: 1450 Court Street, Suite 208, Redding, CA 96001-1679
- Phone: (530) 225-5678
- Birth / Death Records: 1873
- Marriage Records: 1852
- Land Records: 1852
- Shasta County Clerk of Superior Court has probate books and files from the county's superior court, civil court records, and naturalizations. Divorces may be here or in the Recorders Office, depending on how it was filed.
- Probate Records: 1850
- Court Records: 1850
- Shasta County County Treasurer / Tax Collector
- California Office of Vital Records has copies of birth, marriage, divorce and death records. There is a fee for each copy requested. Please refer to the information to the Statewide Vital Records in California for current fees and application process. Birth, marriage, and death records are connected with central life events.
Shasta County Links
The following are web links to Genealogy, Records and Resources relevant to Shasta County. A majority of these genealogy links fall into 3 categories: Business Sites, Private Sites or Organization Sites. Some have free access some require a payment. This is basically a listing which has been gathered or submitted. I do not recommend or promote one genealogy site above another. Feel free to suggest your own preferred Shasta County genealogy or family history associated sites.
Shasta Co. CA Books, Newspapers & Publications
- Shasta County, California Register, 1898 (search.ancestry.com)
- Historical Newspapers from California (1813 - 1978) (genealogybank.com) Easily identify names and keywords in over 450 million articles, obituaries, marriage notices, birth announcements along with other items written in over 2,800 historical U.S. newspapers. Completely new content added each month!
- Shasta County, California Books (amazon.com)
- California Newspapers
- Search California Obituaries (1985 to current) (genealogybank.com) Over 28 million obituaries containing helpful information such as names, dates, places of birth, death, marriage and family information make this the most complete collection from the 20th and 21st centuries - 1,100 U.S. newspapers.
- Shasta County California Genealogy Books (books.google.com)
Shasta Co. CA Birth, Marriage & Death Records
Shasta Co. CA Court, Probate Land and Tax Records
Shasta Co. CA Census Records
Shasta Co. CA Cemeteries & Graveyards
Shasta Co. CA Church & Bible Records
Shasta Co. CA Family Websites, Pictures & Histories
- California Pioneer Project - The California Pioneer List (CPL) is a list of settlers to California who migrated to or were born in California prior to 1880 (included in the 1880 California Census) and obtained from those sent (e-mailed) directly from individuals doing genealogical research.
Shasta Co. CA General and History Websites
Shasta Co. CA Immigration & Naturalization
Shasta Co. CA Maps, Atlases & Gazetteers
Shasta Co. CA Military Records
- California Military Records (fold3.com) gives you easy access to military records, stories, photos, and personal documents of the California individuals that served. Great for Shasta County genealogists, researchers, historians and more.