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Butte County, California
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Butte County Obituaries


Obituary Indexes - Paradise Genealogical Society
Obituary Central - Butte County Paradise Post [Newspaper] Obituaries  ~ Genealogy Buff ~ Obituaries 
The California Digital Newspaper Archives is a great resource. The search function works just great, pay particular close attention to hits that say "Advertisement" this is where the Birth, Marriage & Death Lists are located.

Obituaries from the Florence Styles Memorial Library Collection

This Collection is Miscellaneous for Dates. These pages were found in a set of old Society Bulletins and is by no means complete: A fully searchable file can be found here. They are what they are, no further information is available.

The LDS just digitized and uploaded Butte County Obituaries and miscellaneous old records from the Florence Styles Collection. Right now, everything is browse, but Obit indexes can be found on the Paradise Genealogical Society WebSite. So check the Gen Soc first, then go here.


Gridley Herald
Gridley, Butte County, California


d/n = Death Notice, some information, not usually very much.

f/n = Funeral Notice, some information, in the old newspapers these can be either Obituaries, or just a listing of when and where the funeral was held. It might also include 'Visitors'.

nart = News Article, Accidents, Suspicious Deaths, etc

The 1920's and 1930's Edition's of the Gridley Herald were very difficult to read, the notices were never in the same place, many times the columns were staggered. If you find anything that does not look complete, please let me know and I will see if I can find the rest of the Article.

The early Edition's also did not [in many cases] include given names of married women, when these are found, I have listed them thus: Smith, C A [Mrs]

Quite a few of the images from the 1980's and 1990's were scanned when the newspaper was either folded or on a spindle. At least one edge is curved, but for the most part, the data can be figured out. I do not have access to any other images. It is possible that the Volunteers at the Paradise Genealogical Society could do lookups, but they charge for their services.

The dates alongside of the names are the dates of publication and range between 1922 and 2005.

2009, 2010, 2011 & 2012 Obituaries can be gleaned from the Gridley Herald.


Obituary Lookups:

Pat has been doing Obit Lookups for a long time: RAOGK does not appear to be coming back anytime soon, so Pat is going to do Lookups for folks who visit the Butte County GenWeb.

Here is the Index of Old Obits: The File is fully searchable, Scans will be sent to interested Researchers, please include full name and year if listed and send to Martha

Chico Enterprise Record: Send Query to Pat

Please include approximate date of death. If you do not know the date of death, there are ways to find it. Here are some links that will be helpful:

Pre 1905 Death Project

Family Search: Early California Deaths: 1905-1939

Family Search: California Death Index 1940-1997

Family Search: Social Security Death Index

[Note: The Social Security Death Index does not always give the location of death and as of 1 March 2014 any person who died in the last three years will not be listed.

 Obituary Lookups: Send Query to Martha.

Paradise Post: 2004 > Current ~ Oroville Mercury / Register: 2004 > Current

Out of State [Genealogy Bank]

Year of Death must be included, if it is not, I will delete the request.

Please remember that Obits are Copyrighted by the Newspaper and as such can only be used in your personal genealogy. They may not be republished in any form.

Miscellaneous Obituaries & Memorials

Kathryn Stewart ~ 1919 > 2013

To Submit an Obituary or Memorial, send the data in an email to Martha

Lassen Advocate
Friday, June 14, 1940

Death Summons Zoa Alta King
(From Chico Enterprise)

Zoa Alta King, a resident of this community for the past 36 years, passed away early Tuesday morning at her home on South Normal avenue. She was born in Beiber, California, November 17, 1877, and has lived in Chico for the past 36 years. Her husband was one of the supervisors of Lassen county for over eight years. He passed away about 17 years ago.
Survivors include one daughter, Mrs. Carmen Hawkins of Chico, one sister, Mrs. Maud Houk of Durham, two brothers, John and Jess Perkins, of Chico. Seven nieces and nephews also survive.

Funeral services were held Thursday morning at 10:30 o'clock.
As residents of Lassen county, Geo. King served as supervisor for a period of eight years from Big Valley and was chairman of the board in 1911.

Find A Grave Memorial# 60775473
Contributed by: Jana Stanley

Daily Alta California, Volume 37, Number 12526, 2 August 1884
"Death of J C Wertsbaugher"
Chico, Cal., August 1st
J C Wertsbaugher, one of the proprietors of the Union Hotel, in Chico, died this afternoon at half-past five o'clock, of congestion of the liver, having only been sick three days. The deceased has been a prominent citizen of Butte county for over 25 years. He was six years Assessor of the County, and represented Butte in the Legislature of 1880-81. He was a prominent Odd Fellow, Past Grand of Chico Lodge, and one of the charter members of Chico Uniform Degree Camp No 2, under whose auspices he will be buried on Sunday morning.

Sacramento Daily Union, Vol 41, Number 7159, 24 April 1871
Near Chico, April 16th, Infant Son of John & Millie Ann Bruce
At Nelson's Bar, Butte County, Aprio 19th, John Daniels, aged 64 Years
In Oroville, April 17th, Mrs Mary B Folts, aged 61 years.

Sacramento Daily Union, Volume 31, Number 4779, 23 July 1866
At Sycamore slough, Butte County, June 30th, Franky G, infant son of Jackson & Alvira McElroy, aged 1 month

Sacramento Daily Union, Volume 89, Number 145, 9 August 1895
"Deaths on the Rail"
An Old Man Killed at the Summit and a Child in Butte.
Two deaths on the railroad were reported yesterday. One was that of an old man named Thomas Armsden, who was run over near Summit Station by a westbound train. he was employed as flagman for some carpenters who were repairing the snowsheds, but just how it happened that he got in the way of the train nobody knows.

The other case was that of a girl named Silva, about 11 years of age, whose parents live in Nelson, Butte County. She was killed by the Marysvile local northbound train on Wednesday evening, about four miles from Nelson.

It is supposed the girl was asleep on the track at the time the train struck her, as no other reason can be given by the trainmen for the accident. She had been out herding cattle for her father.

Daily Alta California, Volume 32, Number 10872, 20 January 1880
Oroville, January 19th
HB Lathrop, a pioneer of Butte County and one of the oldest citizens of this town, died this morning, quite suddenly, of pneumonia. He was taken sick on last Friday night. He leaves a wife and one married daughter; also, a father, who resides in San Francisco.


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State Coordinator: Martha A Crosley Graham
Assistant State Coordinators: Claire Martin, Joy Fisher & Jeannette Harper

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