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Alpine County, California (Map It) was created on March 16, 1864 from Amador County, El Dorado County, Calaveras County, Mono County and Tuolumne County . Alpine County was named for the English word alpine meaning “of, pertaining to, or connected with, the Alps.” Its geographical position, lying as it does on the crest of the Sierra Nevada mountains, makes it particularly an alpine county, and hence its name. Learn More About State of California History
Alpine County Cities and Towns include Alpine Village, Bear Valley, Kirkwood, Markleeville, Mesa Vista .
Since its creation Alpine County boundries have changed to include these:
- Territory was in El Dorado County from 1850 to 1864 when it was moved to Alpine County.
- Territory in El Dorado County from 1850 to 1863, was in Amador County from 1863 to 1864 when it was moved to Alpine County.
- Territory in Calaveras County from 1850 to 1854, was in Amador County from 1854 to 1864 when it was moved to Alpine County.
- Territory was in Calaveras County from 1850 until 1864 when it was moved to Alpine County.
- Territory in Calaveras County from 1850 to 1861, was in Mono County from 1861 to 1864 when it was moved to Alpine County.
- Territory was in Tuolumne County from 1850 to 1864 when it was moved to Alpine County.
Alpine County, California Courthouse Records
Alpine County, CA Courthouse
Old Alpine County Courthouse
Courthouse History - Alpine County Courthouse Originally part of the Territory of Utah and then the Territory of Nevada, Alpine was recognized as part of California following an 1863 survey of state boundaries. Alpine's first county seat, Silver Mountain City, was abandoned in 1873 after the demonetization of silver, and the county government moved to Markleeville. This building, originally the Odd Fellows Hall, was used as the courthouse until 1928, when the courts moved to a more modern 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 Alpine 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.
- Alpine County Recorder-Clerk has Birth / Death Records from 1873 / 1864, Marriage Records from 1864 and Land Records from 1864. 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.
- Alpine County Clerk of Superior Court has Probate Records from 1864 and Court Records from 1864. 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.
- Alpine County County Treasurer / Tax Collector
- Local Registrar of Births and Deaths, County Administration Building, 99 Water Street, Mail to: P.O. Box 155, Markleeville, CA 96120; Office (530) 694-2283
Alpine County, California Census Records
- Learn More: State of California Census Records
- U.S. Federal Population Schedules: 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: 1870 and 1880
- Selected U.S. Federal Census Agriculture Schedules: 1870 and 1880
- Selected U.S. Federal Census Industry Schedules: 1870 and 1880
- Union Veterans Schedules: 1890
Alpine 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 or Social Security Death Index
- Vital Records by Mail: Birth Certificate, Marriage Certificate, Divorce Certificate, Death Certificate Applications.
Alpine County, California Resources
- Alpine County Museum- Alpine County Historical Society
- Alpine County Library, Main Branch, P.O. Box 187, Markleeville, CA 96120; Phone: 530-694-2120
- Alpine County Library, Bear Valley Branch, P.O. Box 5237, Bear Valley, CA, 95223; Phone: 209-753-6219
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