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Tuolumne County, California
Map
Map of California highlighting Tuolumne County
Location in the state of California
Map of the U.S. highlighting California
Location of California in the U.S.
Facts
Founded February 18, 1850
County Seat Sonora
Courthouse
CaliforniaTuolumneCourthouse.jpg
Address Tuolumne County Courthouse
2 S Green Street
Sonora, CA 95370-4679
Phone: 209.533.5570
Tuolumne County Website


County Information[edit | edit source]

Tuolumne County, California Record Dates[edit | edit source]

Known Beginning Dates for Major Records[1]
Birth* Marriage Death* Court Land Probate Census
1858 1850 1859 1850 1850 1850 1850
Statewide registration for births and deaths started in 1905. General compliance by 1920.

County Courthouse[edit | edit source]

County Clerk Recorder has birth records from 1858
marriage records from 1850, death records from 1859
burial records from 1916  divorce, probate, court and land  from 1850 and
old newspapers 1862-1948[2]

Historical Facts[edit | edit source]

Wikipedia
Wikipedia has more about this subject: Tuolumne County, California

Parent County[edit | edit source]

18 February 1850: Tuolumne County was created as an original county. County seat: Sonora [3]

Description[edit | edit source]

The county was named Tuolumne is of Native American origin and has been given different meanings, such as Many Stone Houses, The Land of Mountain Lions and, Straight Up Steep, the latter an interpretation of William Fuller, a native Chief. Mariano Vallejo, in his report to the first California State Legislature, said that the word is "a corruption of the Indian word talmalamne which signifies 'cluster of stone wigwams.'" The name may mean "people who dwell in stone houses," i.e., in caves.. Tularemia is named after Tulare County. [4]The county seat Sonora and the county was created 1850.[5] The County is located in the central area of the state.[6]

Boundary Changes[edit | edit source]

For animated maps illustrating California county boundary changes, "Rotating Formation California County Boundary Maps" (1850-1925) may be viewed for free at the MapofUS.org website.

Records Loss[edit | edit source]

There is no known history of courthouse disasters in this county.

Places/Localities[edit | edit source]

Populated Places[edit | edit source]

For a complete list of populated places, including small neighborhoods and suburbs, visit HomeTown Locator. The following are the most historically and genealogically relevant populated places in this county:[7]

Cities
Unincorporated communities
Native American communities
Census-designated places


Neighboring Counties[edit | edit source]

Resources[edit | edit source]

Bible Records[edit | edit source]

Biography[edit | edit source]

Cemeteries[edit | edit source]

Cemeteries of Tuolumne, California online and in print
Tombstone Transcriptions Online
TombstoneTranscriptions in Print (Often more complete)
List of Cemeteries in the County
See California Cemeteries for more information

The following web sites may have additional information on Tuolumne County cemeteries.

Census[edit | edit source]

For tips on accessing Tuolumne County, California Genealogy census records online, see: California Census.

Church History and Records[edit | edit source]

Church records and the information they provide vary significantly depending on the denomination and the record keeper. They may contain information about members of the congregation, such as age, date of baptism, christening, or birth; marriage information and maiden names; and death date. For general information about California denominations, view the California Church Records wiki page.

Court Records[edit | edit source]

Crime and Criminals[edit | edit source]

Directories[edit | edit source]

Ethnic, Political, or Religious Groups[edit | edit source]

Germans[edit | edit source]

Gazetteers[edit | edit source]

Genealogy[edit | edit source]

History[edit | edit source]

Local histories are available for Tuolumne County, California Genealogy. County histories may include biographies, church, school and government history, and military information. For more information about local histories, see the Wiki page section California Local Histories.

Land and Property[edit | edit source]

Land and property records can place an ancestor in a particular location, provide economic information, and reveal family relationships. Land records include: deeds, abstracts and indexes, mortgages, leases, grants and land patents.

See California Land and Property for additional information about early California land grants. After land was transferred to private ownership, subsequent transactions were usually recorded at the county courthouse and where records are currently housed.

Maps[edit | edit source]

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Click a neighboring county
for more resources


Migration[edit | edit source]

Early migration routes to and from Tuolumne County, California Genealogy for emigrant settlers included:[8][9]

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The usage of "Mormon" and "LDS" on this page is approved according to current policy.


Online Records

Military History and Records[edit | edit source]

World War II[edit | edit source]

Naturalization and Citizenship[edit | edit source]

Newspapers[edit | edit source]

Additional newspapers abstracts can sometimes be found using search phrases such as Tuolumne County, California Genealogy newspapers in online catalogs like:

Obituaries[edit | edit source]

Periodicals[edit | edit source]

Probate Records[edit | edit source]

The county clerk is usually the custodian of probate records. The records include wills, fee books, claim registers, legacy records, inheritance records, probate ticklers, and dockets.

Content: Probate Records may give the decedent's date of death, names of his or her spouse, children, parents, siblings, in-laws, neighbors, associates, relatives, and their place of residence.

You can obtain copies of the original probate records (such as wills and estate files) by writing to the county clerk at the county courthouse.

The FamilySearch Catalog lists films of probate records. To find the records for this county, use the Place Search for California - Tuolumne - Probate records.

Online Probate Records

Repositories[edit | edit source]

Archives, Libraries and Museums[edit | edit source]

The official records of Tuolumne County, one of California's 27 original counties, are located in the Carlo M. De Ferrari Archive. The building was designed in 1997 by Cooper Kessel, an East Sonora architect and built by Barham Industrial Constructors, Inc. in 1999.  It was dedicated for public use on December 21, 1999, and officially opened on June 8, 2001

Address:  490 Greenley Rd., Sonora, Ca 95370

Phone: 209 536-1163

Email Contacts:  cdyer@co.tuolumne.ca.us   or www.tuolumnecounty.ca.gov

Hours:  By appointment, Monday through Friday

The archive was named in honor of Carlo M. De Ferrari, a third generation Tuolumne County native son and "Official Historian of Tuolumne County," a title bestowed in 1972 by the Tuolumne County Board of Supervisors in reocognition of his extensive knowledge of local history and his dedication to its preservation. 

The county archivist oversees general administration of the archive.  All records accepted for preservation in the archive must have a historical connection to official county governmental business. 

Over 250,000 records from this collection have been entered into the Archive's database for the public to access and query.  The public can access the collection via the Tuolumne County's website at the following portal.  

Carlo M. De Ferrari Archive (Tuolumne County Archive) 

To begin searching the archives, click the Archive Index button.
  The User Id for the public is Research; no Password is needed.

    Click the Enter button, then click Archives from the drop down list.

       Press Go.

Tuolumne County Library Website

The current listing of books is available via the internet on the Tuolumne County Library web page. The books are available for researchers at the archive as reference material.

County Courthouse[edit | edit source]
Family History Centers[edit | edit source]

Family History Centers provide one-on-one assistance and free access to premium genealogical websites. In addition, many centers have free how-to genealogy classes.

Societies[edit | edit source]

The Tuolumne County Historical Society, established in 1956, is home to the Tuolumne County Museum, Tuolumne County Historical Society and the Tuolumne County Genealogical Society.

Taxation[edit | edit source]

California tax records complement land records and can supplement the years between censuses. There may be gaps of several years in the tax records of some counties. For more information, see the wiki page California Taxation.

Vital Records[edit | edit source]

Vital Records consist of births, adoptions, marriages, divorces, and deaths recorded on registers, certificates, and documents. See the CDC Where to Write website for information on acquiring copies of these records. The State office has records since July 1905. For earlier records, contact the County Recorder. See also How to order California Vital Records

Birth[edit | edit source]
Marriage[edit | edit source]
Divorce[edit | edit source]
Death[edit | edit source]

Voting Registers[edit | edit source]

Genealogy Societies, Archives and Libraries[edit | edit source]

Tuolumne County Genealogical Society
158 West Bradford
Street, Sonora, CA 95370
Phone:209-532-1317
Website

Tuolumne County Historical Society
P.O. Box 695
Sonora 95370


Websites[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Tuolumne County, California. Page 84-88 At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002; Alice Eichholz, ed. Ancestry’s Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources, Third ed. (Provo, Utah: Ancestry, 2004), 81-83.
  2. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Tuolumne County, California. Page 88At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  3. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).
  4. Wikipedia contributors, "Tuolumne County," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tuolumne_County,_California 05/09/2017.
  5. Genealogy Trails History Group, “Tuolumne County, California Genealogy and History”, http://genealogytrails.com/cal/tuol/#.WRH66eUrKM8 05/09/2017.
  6. Wikipedia contributors, "Tuolumne County," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tuolumne_County,_California 05/09/2017.
  7. Wikipedia contributors, "Tuolumne County, California," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tuolumne_County,_California, accessed 27 September 2019.
  8. National Park Service, "California Trail" (map) in California National Historic Trail at http://www.nps.gov/cali/planyourvisit/upload/CALImap1-web.pdf (accessed 5 August 2011).
  9. Wikipedia contributors, "California Trail" in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/California_Trail (accessed 5 August 2012).

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