Welcome!  My name is Leah Allen and I am the County Coordinator for Siskiyou County.  Although I do not live in Siskiyou County (and therefore cannot do onsite research for anyone), I have ties to the region.  My great-grandmother and her family came to Siskiyou County in the early 1890s and she passed down her love for the area to subsequent generations.

I can be contacted at blueomega128@gmail.com 

If you are interested in becoming involved in the GenWeb project and/or would like to adopt a county, please contact the California State Coordinator, Martha A. Crosley Graham

A Brief County History

Siskiyou County became official on March 22, 1852.  It was formed from parts of Shasta and (now defunct) Klamath County.  The new county was named after the Siskiyou mountain range.  Yreka is the largest city and County Seat.

1874 proved to be an important year for Siskiyou County.  In February, the County lost some area to the newly formed Modoc County.  Then in May, Siskiyou County gained some land due to the dissolving of Klamath County.  Those researching ancestors in this area around this time should make a note of these boundary changes and when they occurred.

In the early 1940s the area was a part of the proposed State of Jefferson.  Yreka was the proposed capital.

The Gold Rush and later the railroad brought many to the area - some permanently, some as tourists.  Ranching and logging also brought many settlers and led to the birth and boom of many communities still in existence. 

Help Wanted!

Records and other genealogical ephemera pertinent to Siskiyou County are always welcome (nothing in copyright, please).  Also, consider adding your name(s) to the Surname Registry.  Thank you!

Siskiyou County Spotlight

Do you have a picture, old advertisment, postcard, document, etc. that you'd like to see spotlighted?  

Please consider submitting it to the County Coordinator along with a brief description of the item (such as its history and any questions you might have about it if it is a mystery item you'd like help identifying).  It must be connected to Siskiyou County in some way and you must have permission to submit the item in question.  Spotlighted items will be changed every few months and past spotlighted items will be moved to a separate page on the site.


"First School at Cedar Park  1911/Not all pupils there"

Only person identified is the teacher, Georgiana Wellons (back row standing, far left).  Picture is from her collection, inscription is her handwriting.  Additional information on Cedar Park can be found here.  Please let me know if you can identify any of the other people present in the picture.

Original image property of, and privately held by Leah Allen, [address for private use], California; 2011.  Not to be used or reproduced without the consent of the owner.

Adjacent Counties

Del Norte County, CA | Humboldt County, CA | Trinity County, CA | Shasta County, CA 

Modoc County, CA | Klamath County, OR | Jackson County, OR | Josephine County, OR


History Biographies
Siskiyou County, CA - Wikipedia Entry
Siskiyou County, CA - FamilySearch Wiki Entry
Yreka History
Book: History of Etna
Book: Guide to the County Archives of California (1919)
Siskiyou County School History
Book: The Deal Family of Hornbrook, California
Siskiyou County Biographries from the USGW Archives
Siskiyou County Biographies - Miscellaneous 
Cemeteries Census and Surnames
Siskiyou County Cemeteries - FindAGrave
Siskiyou Cemeteries Central
Siskiyou County Cemetery Listings
Siskiyou County Cemetery Records from the USGW Archives
Book: Fort Jones Cemetery District, Record of Graves
Book: Fort Jones Cemetery District, Record of Graves Addendum
Book: Shasta Valley Cemetery District, Includes All District Cemeteries Except Evergreen (Alphabetical and Location Lists of Graves)
Book: Evergreen Cemetery (Alphabetical and Location Lists of Graves)

1852 Census of Siskiyou County from the USGW Archives
1852 Census of Klamath County
1860 US Census from FamilySearch 
1870 US Census from FamilySearch 
1880 US Census from FamilySearch 
1900 US Census from FamilySearch 
1910 US Census from FamilySearch 
1920 US Census from FamilySearch 
1930 US Census from FamilySearch 
1940 US Census from FamilySearch

Surname Registry

Mining Maps and Land Records
Siskiyou County Mines
Book: Mines and Mineral Resources of Shasta County, Siskiyou County and Trinity County (1915)
Book: Resources of California (1863)
Historic Maps
1895 Historic Atlas - Siskiyou County
1914 Siskiyou County Map
Historical County Boundary Maps
US Dept. of the Interior - Bureau of Land Management - General Land Office Records
Earth Point - Public Land Survey System for GoogleEarth
Siskiyou County Land Records from the USGW Archives
Newspapers, Directories, and Local Publications Military
Northern California and Southern Oregon Newspapers
County Newspaper Index (1995-present)
County Obituary Index (1854-1990)
The Siskiyou County Pioneer Index
1890 Shasta County Great Register
1895 Directory of Siskiyou County
1910 Telephone Directory of Siskiyou County
Siskiyou County Military Records from the USGW Archives
Index to Militia Units 1850-1881
Places Queries and Lookups
Siskiyou County Library
Siskiyou County Historical Society
Siskiyou County Museum
Museums of Siskiyou County Brochure
The Genealogical Society of Siskiyou County, California
Scott Valley Genealogical Group
Siskiyou County Clerk's Office
Siskiyou County Recorder's Office
Siskiyou County RootsWeb Message Board
Books We Own - California

Records (Vitals and Miscellaneous)

Statewide (California) Records via FamilySearch

Church and Religious Records:
Little Shasta Congregational Church Records

Education:  Transcribed School Records

Book: Siskiyou County Marriages 1852 Thru 1910

Vitals Information Excerpted from Newspapers:
Miscellaneous (Compiled by the Genealogical Society of Siskiyou County)

Vital Statistics:
Vital Statistics from Siskiyou Cemeteries Online

What's New

21 Oct 2012 - General site update, links checked
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