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Tehama County, California (Map It) was created on April 9, 1856 from Colusa County, Shasta County and Butte County . Tehama County was named for the City of Tehama. Suggested possible roots are the Arabic word tehama (“hot low-lands”), the Mexican word tejamanil (shingle), or “high water” in the dialect of local Indians. Learn More About State of California History
Tehama County Cities and Towns include Bend, Capay, Corning, Cottonwood, Flournoy, Gerber-Las Flores, Kirkwood, Lake California, Los Molinos, Manton, Mill Creek, Mineral, Paskenta, Paynes Creek, Proberta, Rancho Tehama Reserve, Red Bluff, Richfield, Tehama, Vina .
Since its creation Tehama County boundries have changed to include these:
- Much of Tehama County territory was in Colusa County from 1850 to 1856 when it was placed in the new county.
- Territory in Colusa County from 1850 to 1851 was in Shasta County from 1851 to 1856 when it was placed in the new Tehama County.
- Territory in Colusa County from 1850 to 1851 was in Shasta County from 1851 to 1857 when it was added to Tehama County.
- Territory was in Shasta County from 1850 to 1857 when it was added to Tehama County.
- Territory was in Shasta County from 1850 to 1856 when it was placed in Tehama County.
- Territory was in Butte County from 1850 to 1857 when it was added to Tehama County.
- Territory in Butte County from 1850 to 1851, was in Shasta County from 1851 until 1856 when it was placed in Tehama County.
- Territory which at one time was in Tehama County is now in Butte County and Glenn County
Tehama County, California Courthouse Records
Tehama County, CA Courthouse
Old Tehama County Courthouse
Courthouse History - Tehama's first courthouse in Red Bluff was a popular meeting place for unions, political parties, baseball teams, and other community groups. On Sundays it was also a popular place of worship after the sheriff struck a compromise and allowed use of the court by Baptists in the morning, Presbyterians in the afternoon, and Methodists in the evening. The tower was added to the building in 1880, one of many improvements to the building and the grounds. The building was demolished in 1920 to make room for a new facility.
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 Tehama 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.
- Tehama County Recorder-Clerk has Birth / Death Records from 1889, Marriage Records from 1856 and Land Records from 1856. 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.
- Tehama County Clerk of Superior Court has Probate Records from 1856 and Court Records from 1856. 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.
- Tehama County County Treasurer / Tax Collector
- Local Registrar of Births and Deaths, 633 Washington Street, P.O. Box 250, Red Bluff, CA 96080; Office (530) 527-3350
Tehama County, California Census Records
- Learn More: State of California Census Records
- U.S. Federal Population Schedules: 1860, 1870, 1880 (free index), 1890 (fragmented), 1900, 1910, 1920, 1930, 1940
- State Population Schedules: Voter Registers, 1866-1898, Voter Registrations, 1900-1968
- U.S. Federal Census Mortality Schedules: 1860, 1870 and 1880
- Selected U.S. Federal Census Agriculture Schedules: 1860, 1870 and 1880
- Selected U.S. Federal Census Industry Schedules: 1860, 1870 and 1880
- Union Veterans Schedules: 1890
Tehama 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.