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Colusa County, California (Map It) was created on February 18, 1850 as one of the original 27 counties . Colusa County was named for two Mexican land grants; Coluses (1844) and Colus (1845). The name of the county in the original state legislative act was spelled Colusi, and often in newspapers was spelled Coluse. The word is derived from the name of an Indian tribe living on the west side of the Sacramento River. Learn More About State of California History
Colusa County Cities and Towns include Colusa, Williams .
Since its creation Colusa County boundries have changed to include these:
- A small portion of its present territory has been in Colusa County since 1850.
- Territory was in Colusa County from 1850 to 1891 when the territory was moved to Glenn County at the time of its formation, then returned to Colusa County in 1893.
- Territory was in Butte County from 1850 to 1856 when it was added to Colusa County.
- Territory in Sutter County from 1850 to 1851, was in Butte County from 1851 when it was added to Colusa County.
- Territory was in Sutter County from 1850 to 1856 when it was added to Colusa County.
- Most of present Colusa County was in Yolo County from 1850 to 1851 when the teritory was added to Colusa County.
Colusa County, California Courthouse Records
Colusa County, CA Courthouse
Old Colusa County Courthouse
The Colusa County Courthouse is located in Colusa, California. Attached to Butte County for administration until it was organized in 1851. Land was later added from counties Yolo (1851), Butte (1856), and Sutter (1856). Learn More About State of California Court, Tax, Land and Probate Records.
Courthouse History - Colusa's courthouse has served continuously as the seat of justice and government in the county since 1861 and is one of California's oldest working courthouses. Five of the six lots for the courthouse site were donated by Colonel Charles D. Semple, who erroneously expected that county supervisors would forgive his tax bill in exchange for the gift. In the entrance hall of the Classical Revival building stands a statue of George Washington, a gift to the county recognizing the donations of local citizens to the construction fund for the Washington Monument in the nation's capital.
Please contact the each clerk's department to confirm mailing address, hours, fees and other information before visiting or requesting information because contact information sometimes changes. The Clerk's Office DOES NOT DO RESEARCH. The documents are available to interested parties, barring confidential issues. Most staff will assist people in finding the materials, but it is up to the individual to do the research. Some early court records from the various courts may have been sent to the California State Archives. Besides court minutes and judgements, these records include tax lists, wills, deeds, estate inventories, and marriage bonds. The California State Archives has microfilm of selected county records, 1850–1919.
The following dates indicates what vital, land, probate, and court records are in Colusa county. The date listed for each category of record is usually the earliest registration filed. The earliest date does not indicate that there are numerous records for that year and does not mean that all such events were actually registered. 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.
- Colusa County Recorder-Clerk has Birth / Death Records from 1873, Marriage Records from 1853 and Land Records from 1844. The 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.
- Colusa County Clerk of Superior Court has Probate Records from 1851 and Court Records from 1851. The 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.
- Colusa County County Treasurer / Tax Collector
- Local Registrar of Births and Deaths, 251 East Webster Street, Colusa, CA 95932; Office (530) 458-0380, FAX (530) 458-4136
Colusa County, California Census Records
- Learn More: State of California Census Records
- U.S. Federal Population Schedules: 1850, 1860, 1870, 1880 (free index), 1890 (fragmented), 1900, 1910, 1920, 1930, 1940
- State Population Schedules: 1852, Voter Registers, 1866-1898, Voter Registrations, 1900-1968
- U.S. Federal Census Mortality Schedules: 1850, 1860, 1870 and 1880
- Selected U.S. Federal Census Agriculture Schedules: 1850, 1860, 1870 and 1880
- Selected U.S. Federal Census Industry Schedules: 1850, 1860, 1870 and 1880
- Union Veterans Schedules: 1890
Colusa County, California Vital Records
- Learn More: State of California Vital Records
- Birth Records: from July 1905 to present.
- Marriage Records: Indexes from 1949-1986 and 1998-1999.
- Death Records: from July 1905 to present. See Local County Recorder
- Divorce Records: from 1962 and June, 1984. See local County Circuit or County Chancery Clerk.
- Locations: California Department of Public Health, Vital Records, – MS 5103, 1501 Capitol Avenue, Sacramento, CA 95814; PH (916) 445-1719 or (916) 445-2684
- Vital Records Online: USAVital, VitalChek or Social Security Death Index
- Vital Records by Mail: Birth Certificate, Marriage Certificate, Divorce Certificate, Death Certificate Applications.