Del Norte County, California Genealogy

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


Del Norte County, California
Map of California highlighting Del Norte County
Location in the state of California
Map of the U.S. highlighting California
Location of California in the U.S.
Founded March 2, 1857
County Seat Crescent City
Address Del Norte County Courthouse]
981 H St;
Crescent City, CA 95531;
Phone 707.464.7204
Del Norte County Website

County Information

Del Norte County, California Record Dates

Known Beginning Dates for Major Records[1]
Birth* Marriage Death* Court Land Probate Census
1873 1873 1873 1848 1853 1848 1850
Statewide registration for births and deaths started in 1905. General compliance by 1920.

County Courthouse

County Clerk has divorce, probate and court records from 1848;
County recorder has birth, marriage and death records from 1873,
land records from 1853, leases and agreements 1857-1954[2]

Historical Facts

Wikipedia has more about this subject: Del Norte County, California

Del Norte County (pronounced del-nort) sits in the far north west corner of California on the Pacific coast. Exploration by Europeans began with American explorer Jedediah Smith and it was organized into a county in 1857. Forests cover much of this rural territory.

Parent County

2 March 1857: Del Norte County was created from former Klamath County.
County seat: Crescent City [3]


The county was named for signifying "the north" and the county derived its name from its geographical position in the extreme northwest corner of the state. The County Seat is Crescent City and was founded 1857. It is located in the North West area of the state. [4]

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

18 January 1948: Courthouse burned and many records were damaged. Some early records were destroyed.


Populated Places 

Bertsch-Oceanview, Crescent City, Darlingtonia, Douglas Park, Fort Dick, Gasquet, Hiouchi, Klamath, Patrick Creek, Smith River.

Neighboring Counties


Bible Records



Cemeteries of Del Norte, 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 Del Norte County cemeteries.


For tips on accessing Del Norte 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.

Court Records

Crime and Criminals


Ethnic, Political, or Religious Groups




Local histories are available for Del Norte 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.


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Military History and Records

World War I
World War II


Naturalization and Citizenship


Additional newspapers abstracts can sometimes be found using search phrases such as Del Norte 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 - Del Norte - 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.


Del Norte County Historical Society and Museum:
Phone number:
(707) 464-3922.
Del Norte County Historical Society
577 H Street
Crescent City, CA 95331

The Battery Point Lighthouse Museum:
This is a lighthouse that houses a museum. The Lighthouse is located at the foot of A Street.
Phone number:
(707) 464-3922.
Mailing address:
Battery Point Lighthouse Museum
P.O. Box 535
Crescent City, CA 95331.

NorCal Genealogy Group
An e-mail list of genealogists researching northern California ancestors. Submit queries, answers, articles, and other genealogical information via E-Mail. This is a helpful, no-fee group. NORCAL Genealogy Index
To subscribe, send an email to: with the word SUBSCRIBE in the subject line and body text If you have any problems subscribing (but ONLY if you have problems), contact: Yvonne Bowers at

California Historical Society
(415)357-1848 voice
(415)357-1850 fax
678 Mission Street
San Francisco, CA 94105


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

Del Norte County Historical Society
577 “H” Street
Crescent City, CA 95531



  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Del Norte County, California. Page 84-88 At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002; Alice Eichholz, ed. Ancestry’s Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources, Third ed. (Provo, Utah: Ancestry, 2004), 81-83.
  2. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Del Norte 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, “Del Norte County, California Genealogy and History”, 5/01/2017.