Glenn County, California Genealogy Guide

Glenn County, California (Map It) was created on March 11, 1891 from Colusa County . Glenn County was named for Dr. Hugh J. Glenn, who was the largest wheat farmer in the state during his lifetime and a man of great prominence in political and commercial life in California. Learn More About State of California History

Glenn County is bordered by Colusa County (south), Lake County (southwest), Mendocino County (west), Tehama County (north), Butte County (east) .

Glenn County Cities and Towns include Artois, Butte City, Elk Creek, Fruto, Hamilton City, Orland, Willows .

Since its creation Glenn County boundries have changed to include these:

  • Most of Glenn County was in Colusa County from 1850 until its 1891 transfer to Glenn County.
  • Territory in Butte County from 1850 to 1856, was in Colusa County from 1856 to 1891 when it was moved to Glenn County.
  • Territory in Colusa County from 1850 to 1857, and in Tehama County from 1857 to 1859, was back in Colusa County from 1859 to 1891 when it was moved to Glenn County.
  • Territory was in Mendocino County from 1850 to 1907 when it was added to Glenn County.
  • Territory which at one time was in Glenn County is now in Colusa County.

Glenn County, California Courthouse Records

Glenn County, California Courthouse
Glenn County, CA Courthouse
Old Glenn County, California Courthouse
Old Glenn County Courthouse

The Glenn County Courthouse is located in Willows, California. Land from Mendocino County was added in 1907. Learn More About State of California Court, Tax, Land and Probate Records.

Courthouse History - Unhappy with their allotment of tax dollars, citizens in northern Colusa were successful in 1891 in their effort to establish Glenn County, named for Dr. Hugh Glenn, its largest landowner. The new county made Willows the county seat and began construction of a courthouse and jail. When it was rumored that the contractor would go bankrupt before the buildings were completed, supervisors ordered the addition of a dome on the courthouse to keep the contractor solvent. The building, minus the dome, which was removed for safety reasons in 1951, remains in use.

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 Glenn 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.

  • Glenn County Recorder-Clerk has Birth / Death Records from 1895 / 1891, Marriage Records from 1891 and Land Records from 1891. 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.
  • Glenn County Clerk of Superior Court has Probate Records from 1891 and Court Records from 1891. 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.
  • Glenn County County Treasurer / Tax Collector
  • Local Registrar of Births and Deaths, Courthouse, 526 West Sycamore Street, Willows, CA 95988; Office (530) 934-6412, FAX (530) 934-6305

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