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Sutter County, California (Map It) was created on February 18, 1850 as one of the original 27 counties . Sutter County was named for General John Augustus Sutter, a native of Switzerland, who obtained a large land grant from the Mexican government and called his first settlement New Helvetia (now the City of Sacramento). In 1841, the general established a great stock ranch in this area to which he retired in 1850 when gold seekers deprived him of most of his holdings at Sacramento. Learn More About State of California History
Sutter County Cities and Towns include Yuba City, Live Oak .
Since its creation Sutter County boundries have changed to include these:
- Most of Sutter County has been in the county since 1850.
- Territory in Sutter County from 1850 to 1851, was in Placer County from 1851 until 1866 when it was returned to Sutter County.
- Territory in Sutter County from 1850 to 1851, was in Butte County from 1851 until 1866 when it was returned to Sutter County.
- Territory in Sutter County from 1850 to 1851, was in Butte County from 1851 until 1852 when it was returned to Sutter County.
- Territory in Sutter County from 1850 to 1852, was in Butte County from 1852 until 1854 when it was returned to Sutter County.
- Territory which at one time was in Sutter County is now in Colusa County and Placer County
Sutter County, California Courthouse Records
Sutter County, CA Courthouse
Old Sutter County Courthouse
The Sutter County Courthouse is located in Yuba City, California. Land was later added from counties Placer (1866) and Butte (1852, 1854, and 1866). The Courthhouse was destroyed by fire in 1871. A second and larger courthouse, completed in 1873, was also set fire. Learn More About State of California Court, Tax, Land and Probate Records.
Courthouse History - The first, built in 1858, was destroyed by fire in 1871. The cause of the disaster, according to one news report, was "mice gnawing the heads of matches left in the office." A second and larger courthouse, completed in 1873, was also set fire, this time by "a Cornishman who was in custody awaiting commitment to the Stockton asylum." The current courthouse is an elegant replica of the second, built in the Classical Revival style and largely preserved in its original state.
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 Sutter 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.
- Sutter County Recorder-Clerk has Birth / Death Records from 1873, Marriage Records from 1850 and Land Records from 1849. 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.
- Sutter County Clerk of Superior Court has Probate Records from 1872 and Court Records from 1854. 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.
- Sutter County County Treasurer / Tax Collector
- Local Registrar of Births and Deaths, 1445 Veterans Memorial Circle, Yuba City, CA 95993; Office (530) 822-7215
Sutter 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
Sutter 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.
Sutter County, California Resources
- Sutter County Museum and Research Archives
- Sutter County, California Message Boards
- Sutter County, California Genealogy Forum
- Sutter County, California Mailing lists