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Welcome to Lassen County, California

Greetings! This site has been designed for the purpose of providing FREE genealogical sources to family researchers. Our success depends on you! If you have access to Lassen County resources, please consider placing the data on this site, so that others may benefit from it. As always, volunteers are needed and appreciated greatly. If you would like to help by volunteering to conduct local research, transcribing data, or sharing a Lassen County resource, please contact the county coordinator.

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I am Eliza Bullard, coordinator and website designer for the Plumas County GenWeb Project since 01 May 2004. I hope that you will find this site helpful and that you enjoy your visit. If you have any questions or comments, please contact me by using the "Contact Us" link at the top of this page.

Sincerest thanks to the previous coordinators, Tim I. Purdy and Kellie Crnkovich, for all of thier hard work on this website and for Tim's continuing support and contributions to this project.

Neither this website, nor the Lassen County GenWeb Project, have any affiliation whatsoever with Lassen County, California government.

This page was revised last on Wed 25-Jul-2012 18:49 .

A Little Bit about Lassen County

As the discovery of gold in 1848 sparked a flow of westward migration, new settlers sought an alternative to the route through Donner Pass to cross the Sierra Mountain Range. Peter Lassen first explored the area that is now Lassen County and, in 1851, William Nobles began leading settlers over a route that ran from the Humboldt River (in the State of Nevada) to Shasta City at the northern end of the Sacramento Valley. Of the thousands of people that passed through what is now Lassen County, some chose to remain in the Honey Lake Valley (what is now Susanville). Among those early settlers of Susanville was Isaac Roop, who established a trading post where travelers along the Nobles Emigrant Trail could stock up with provisions before crossing the Sierra Mountains.

First known as Rooptown, Isaac Roop’s settlement later was named Susanville for Roop's daughter, Susan. Today, the William H. Pratt Museum is housed in the original structure that Roop built when he arrived in the Honey Lake Valley. Open daily, Roop's Fort is a must-see for visitors to the area; it is located just off of Main Street in downtown Susanville.

In 1856, Isaac Roop and Peter Lassen led a group of disgruntled settlers, who were unhappy over efforts of Plumas County, California officials to levy and collect taxes in the isolated and sparsely-populated region in and around Susanville. At the same time, those settlers were equally unwilling to be considered a part of the Territory of Utah - a vast region that included parts of what were to become several western states. Roop, Lassen, and their followers opted to form a separate territory, which they named Nataqua.

The short-lived Republic of Nataqua was largely ignored, since the region affected had but a few hundred settlers. When the Territory of Nevada was established in 1861, Isaac Roop was made governor of the Territory. A few years later, surveys of the area established that Susanville was actually a part of the State of California and the County of Lassen was established in 1864.

Lassen County tidbits:

  • As of the year 2010, the total population of Lassen County was 34,895* (up by 1,067 since the year 2000) - that's approximately 7 people per square mile. *Whether this population count includes the High Desert Prison population is unclear.

  • The county seat is Susanville.

  • The only incorporated city within the county is Susanville.

Neighboring Counties

Map of neighboring counties

Modoc County (north)
Plumas County (south and west)
Shasta County (west)
Sierra County (south)
Washoe County, Nevada (east)

 

   
 

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In the spring of 1996, a group of genealogists with mutual interests in Kentucky genealogy organized the Kentucky Comprehensive Genealogy Database Project. The idea was to provide a single entry point for all counties within the State of Kentucky where collected databases could be stored. Furthermore, the databases would be indexed and cross-referenced, so that even if an individual was found in more than one county, he or she could be located in the central index. This idea spread quickly to other states and, by the end of the summer of 1996, the USGenWeb Project was born. This project is an outgrowth of that original project. Today, the USGenWeb Project is a loosely organized group of volunteers that work to create a center for genealogical research for every county within the United States. Visit the USGenWeb Project.

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Jeff Donald Murphy, of Redmond, Oregon, was born in Bowling Green, Kentucky, son of Powell Davis Murphy and Marjorie (Morrison) Murphy. Jeff was the founder of theKYGenWeb, the USGenWeb, USBiographiesI am Elizabeth Bullard-Watson, coordinator and website designer for the Plumas County GenWeb Project since 01 May 2004. I hope that you will find this site helpful and that you enjoy your visit. If you have any questions or comments, please contact me by using the "Contact Us" link at the top of this page.I am Elizabeth Bullard-Watson, coordinator and website designer for the Plumas County GenWeb Project since 01 May 2004. I hope that you will find this site helpful and that you enjoy your visit. If you have any questions or comments, please contact me by using the "Contact Us" link at the top of this page., and co-founder of KYBiographies.

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