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Calaveras County History Resources
At some point in the past, the people at Calaveras County decided to deposit their old government records in one central archives and appoint an archivist to look after them and do research for anyone requesting information from these documents. Considering the size of Calaveras County compared with other counties in California, I am amazed at what a wonderful job they have done. Population wise this is one of the smaller counties in our state, but they have managed to put to shame most other California counties.
Mrs. Kennedy answers all requests and does all research. By using this method, the records are protected from vandalism and a complete and efficient search is made by this lady who is familiar with the documents. It may take several months for your research request to reach the top of her stack, but it is definitely worth the wait. Here is a list of some of the records she will search:
U. S. Census, 1850-1910 Homesteads Birth Records Mining Claims Marriage Records Patents Cemetery Records Newspapers Great Registers Assessment Rolls Probates Mortgages Inquests Declaration of Intention Abstracts of Judgment Naturalization Co-Partnerships Frances Bishop Research Cards Attachments-Lis Pendens Las Calaveras Criminal Cases Mechanic's Leans District Court Cases Bonds, Letters & Wills Articles of Incorporation Agreements/Powers of Attorney Deeds Execution Cases Bills of Sale
In addition to those records listed above, Mrs. Kennedy discovered, in 1995, a cache of early Calaveras County records dating back to the early 1860s. These included marriage licenses, naturalization papers, divorce records, court cases, etc. She is now in the process of filing these records with those already in the Archives. Some extremely important records included in this cache were original Applications for Naturalization Papers. These are not Declarations of Intention, but applications made for naturalization and included the place of birth of the applicant and the year he arrived in this country. This information was not always included on Declarations of Intention in California until after 1900. This might be one of the only counties in California where these applications still exist.
You can see by the above list that it would be possible to retrieve a tremendous amount of information about one individual or family. I ordered two searches and a typical response included the following information:
1. A cover letter from Mrs. Kennedy outlining her findings.
2. Five typed pages abstracted from original records that could not easily be photocopied. They included information on naturalization, census records, deeds, tax assessment rolls, marriages, divorces, and much more.
3. Approximately 60 photocopies of original documents.
All this was done at a very reasonable cost and in a far more efficient manner than I could have done it, had I had access to the records.
Other California counties should take note of what Calaveras has done. Unfortunately, important historical records in other areas of our state are being destroyed or, using the guise of "protecting" these documents, they are being locked up in or relocated to depositories where access if difficult, if not impossible, to obtain. There they sit to gather dust and benefit no one.
Calaveras County, the Calaveras County Archives, and Mrs. Lorrayne Kennedy are to be commended. Rather than tie up their records in bureaucratic red tape, they have had the courage and determination to preserve and make available those records that are rich with valuable historical information about an exciting and colorful period of California history.
piece above written by KenTessendorff is a tribute to her quiet and
Neighboring Amador County was once part of Calaveras County. If you can not find your family member in here, check Amador County
Calaveras Genealogical Society
P. O. Box 184
Angels Camp, CA 95222-184
Their only publication is the Froghorn newsletter which is printed 4 times per year and is included with membership.
This is a small society and they don't have an official policy on queries, but they will try to answer questions, if time permits. There is no charge.
They have a genealogy collection at the:
Calaveras County Central Library
891 Mountain Ranch Rd.
San Andreas, CA 95249
Calaveras Historical Society
30 North Main St.
P. O Box 721
San Andreas, CA 95249-0721
They are a historical society and museum.
Activities: Society members serve to keep the county museum open
7 days a week from 10-4.
Hours: Office: 9-4, Monday-Friday
Contact: Jill Gray, Office manager
List of Research
Materials Downloadable list
"ALL" research is done by the Archivist and assistants.
You can "NOT" do your own research at this facility.
This is probably the best place in Calaveras County to order research, since almost all old county records are located here.
Fees: Research at $10 per hour, with a one hour minimum, 8
1/2" x 11" and 11" x 17" copies at $.025 each with an additional cost
for oversize (ledger size) copies.
The following is a partial list of records and items held at the Calaveras Archives.
U.S. Census, 1850-1910
Attachments- -Lis Pendens
Abstracts of Judgment
District Court Cases
Bills of Sale
Articles of Incorporation
Declaration of Intention
Bonds, Letters & Wills
Agreements/Powers of Attorney
Frances Bishop Research Cards
COUNTY RECORDERS OFFICE:
See Notice at top of this page
Mokolumne Hill Historical Society
8367 Center Street
Mokolumne Hill, CA
They are a historical society and house museum which seeks to preserve records.
Number of members: 125
Hours: Winter: 11-3, Sat and Sun; Summer: 1-5, Fri-Sun
Contact: Doris Tyrrell, President (209-286-1510)
CH Cal 1885 Facs. Calaveras County illustrated and described, showing its advantages for homes. Oakland: W. W. Elliott and Company, 1885; Fresno: Valley Publishers, 1976. Facsimile ed.
A Memorial and Biographical History of the Counties of Merced, Stanislaus, Calaveras, Tuolumne and Mariposa, California The Lewis Publishing Company - 1892 If anyone has this text in either version and is willing to do look ups please contact me so that I can list you as a resource.
CALAVERAS COUNTY GHOST TOWNS or PLACE NAMES
Found in current Amador County
Alabama: Gulch, Hill
Alto Mining District
Angels: Camp, Creek
Bear: Mountains, Creek
Blue Mountain: City District
Boston Companys Bar
Buckeye: Flat, Hill, Gulch
Buena Vista Hill
Calaveritas: Creek, Hill
Campo de los Muertos
Carson: Creek, Hill, Flat, town
Cayote or Cayute
Central Hill: Central Hill Channel
Cherokee: House, Creek, Flat
Coyote: Gulch, Creek
Dead Mans Hill
El Dorado: Bar, Flat
Forks of the Road
Golden Gate Hill
Gospel: Flat, Gulch, Swamp
Grape Vine District
Joe Wallace Gulch
John Bull Diggings
Long: Gulch, Canyon
Lower Rich Gulch
McLeans: Bar, Ferry
| Mesquite District
Mokelumne: Diggings, Gulch
Morgan: Ground, Slope
Mountain King Mine
New Boston Company Bar
New York Bar
Old Womans Gulch
OnEils: Creek, Bar
Owlsburg, Owlburrow Flat
Phoenix Company Bar
Quaker City Mine
Ragged Breeches Bar
Ragtown: Ragtown Hill
Rail Road Flat
Red Flat Hill
Rio Rico Mines
Rio Saco Mines
Salt Spring Valley
Smith Flat District
| Snake Gulch
Soher & Parrish's Bridge
South Carolina Mine
Stone Cabin Gulch
Stone: City, House, Creek, Settlement
Stuarts: Hill, Flat
Two Mile Bar
Upper: Bar, Ferry
Upper Rich Gulch
Washington: Flat, Ranch
Whale Boat Ferry
Whiskey: Gulch, Flat, Hill
Link to Cemetery Web page "California's Calaveras County Cemeteries".
Thomas J. Reese was born Oct 8th 1807
Ann wife of the above was born March 29th 1810
Mary Reese Daughter of the above was born October 22nd 1828
Cathrine Reese was born July 29th 1830
Jane Reese was born March 16th 1832
Eli Reese was born June 4th 1834
Thomas and Fredrk were born March 22nd 1836
John Reese was born October 19th 1838
David Reese was born Feb 1st 1841
Jacob Reese was born March 22nd 1844
Samuel Reese was born Dec 7th 1846
Margret Ann Reese born March 19th 1850
Angeline Reese born April 13th 1852 Died July 30 1933
Thomas Reese Son of Thomas and Ann Reese died May 20th 1836
Margret Ann Reese, Daughter of Thomas and Ann Reese, died March 22nd 1850
Mrs. Jane Price died December 14th 1850
David Reese Son of Thomas and Ann Reese was wounded August 20th and died Dec 20th 1864 at Andersonville Georgia
Mrs. Ann Reese wife of Thos J. Reese Died Dec 9th 1880 Age 70 yr 8 mo. 9 days
Mr. Thomas J. Reese died Oct 15th 1881 Age 74 yrs 8 days
Eli, son of Thos & Ann Reese died April 19(blurred) 1885
Mrs. Cathren Batten died Oct 28th 1899. Age 69 yrs
Mrs. Jane Price died Oct 15th 1901 age 69 years
Fredrk Reese died Dec 11th 1901 age 66 years
Mrs. Mary James Died May 19th 1905 age 76 yr
John H. Smith Died July 2nd 1906 Age 58 yr
Claude K. Smith (Son of John H. and Angeline Smith) died Jan 23 1932 Age 41 yrs 9 mo. 5 days
Angeline Reese Smith (daughter of Thos J. and Ann Reese) died July 30 1933 Age 81 yrs. 3 mo. 17 days
Mary Reese to Wm P James December 23rd Dec 1844
Jane Reese to Wm Price Dec 1849
Cathrine Reese to John Batten 1850
John Reese to Sarah Connag [or Connaq?] June 1863
Samuel Reese to Mary Weaklin [or Weaklim?] Feb 2nd 1866 Friday 8:40 p.m.
Jacob Reese to Annie Richards Feb 22nd 1866
Eli Reese to Belinda Seligman August 8th 1866
John H. Smith to Angie Reese May 11th 1881
R. A. Bagley e-mail: email@example.com
Friday, July 18, 1953
Funeral services for Mrs. Mary L.
Fielding, 78m who died in a hospital in San Andreas, Calif., on July 13, were
held Wednesday, July 15, from Gardella Mortuary Chapel in San Andreas.
Interment was in People's Cemetery at San Andreas.
A native of Springfield, Ill., the deceased is survived by her husband, Jam, San Andreas; three sons, Charles W. and Ray Fielding, both of Susanville, and George Fielding, Altaville, Calif.; six daughters, Mrs. Nellie Mankins, Susanville, Mrs. Elsie Beurkins, El Cerrito, Calif., Mrs. Grace Ruoff, Napa, Calif., Mrs. Betty Hengen, San Andreas, Mrs. Vera Hylen, Vallejo, Calif., and Mrs. Edith Brown, Selma, Ala. Also surviving are 20 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren.
Mr. and Mrs. Charlie Mankins and Wallace, Charles Fielding, and Mr. and Mrs. Ray Fielding, all of Susanville, attended the funeral services.
Sierra Sentinel News
PO Box A, Arnold, CA 95223
Calaveras Ledger Dispatch
PO Box 1328, Jackson, CA 95642
Box 1197, San Andreas, CA 95249
San Andreas area
Calaveras County Archives
30 N. Main Box 1281, San Andreas, CA 95249
Newspapers: Calaveras Weekly Chronicle Oct 18-Nov 8,1851.