Calaveras County

One of California's Original Counties

  My ancestors arrived in Calaveras County during the Gold Rush then moved on to other California counties.  I am unable to do lookups for this county.  If you desire lookups please post your query to the query page or contact the Calaveras County Archives for a research form.

  •        Genealogical Society of Stanislaus County Spring Workshop  March 29, 2014  GSSC Spring Workshop(2).pdf

           Sonoma County Genealogical Society  April 26, 2014 Spring Seminar

  • Calaveras County History
    West Calaveras County History
    Calaveras and Hwy 48 History and Information
    Calaveras Heritage Council
    Calaveras County 1850 Census - 108 pages - Very slow loading PDF file
    Calaveras County 1852 Special Census
    Calaveras County Post Offices (History)
    Calaveras County Reference Page  
    Calaveras County Queries
    Calaveras County Historical Society
    California Digital Newspaper Collection
    - Amador Ledger and several other early California newspapers
    U.S. Frontier Roads & Trails from 1820 - present
    - A video presentation of routes to the west
    The Prairie Traveler - A hand-book for overland expeditions - Captain Randolph B. Marcy 1859
    California Pioneers List
    Calaveras County and Area Links
    Calaveras County Government  -  Slow connecting
    Calaveras County Archives
    Calaveras County Recorder  - Land Title Documents Vital Statistics (Births, Deaths, Marriages)
    Calaveras County Cemeteries Tombstone Project
    Altaville Catholic Cemetery
    Calaveras County Landmarks
    Calaveras County Mining Communities Directory
    The Virtual California Gold Country Tour Guide Gold Rush Bibliography Resource
    Calaveras County Chamber of Commerce
    "Notaries Public 1891-1909" (Searchable Database-All California Counties)
    Vallecito Cemetery #2  
    Other California Links
    Cyndi's List
    Adjacent Counties

    Amador County - Formerly part of Calaveras County
    Alpine County  
    San Joaquin County 
    Stanislaus County
    Tuolumne County  

    Calaveras County History   Calaveras County, California. County seat, San Andreas. Created February 18, 1850. The meaning of the word calaveras is "skulls." This county takes its name from the Calaveras River which was reportedly so designated by an early explorer when he found, on the banks of the stream, many skulls of Indians who had either died of famine or had been killed in tribal conflicts over hunting and fishing grounds. In 1854 a portion of Calaveras County was incorporated as Amador County.

    Calaveras History 1

    Calaveras History 2

    Calaveras History 3


    Calaveras County Page Coordinator
     Lewis M. Ruddick

    Updated March 13, 2014

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