Del Norte County, CA 

Del Norte County, California
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  Del Norte County is available for adoption.
If you have a connection to Del Norte County and Web Design Skills [or wish to learn], Consider joining the CAGenWeb as a County Coordinator
Questions? Send 'em along to Martha

Thank you Linda, your years of dedication to the CAGenWeb are sincerely appreciated!


Del Norte County Neighbors:
Humboldt County, CA
Siskiyou County, CA
Curry County, OR
Josephine County, OR


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Cemetery links are on the
'Odds' Site

Obituaries can be found on the Vital Records Site

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Site Created:
12 July 2017
Online Continuously Since 1996

Visitors since the Revamp

History of Del Norte County

The area that is now known as Del Norte was and still is inhabited by the Yurok (Klamath River Indians) and Tolowa Nations of indigenous peoples. The first European American to explore this land was pioneer Jedediah Smith in the mid-19th century. He was the first European American to reach the area overland on foot in a time before the European Americans knew anything about such a distant territory. For him it was literally "Land's End" — where the American continent ended at the Pacific Ocean. In 1855 Congress authorized the building of a lighthouse at "the battery point" (a high tide island on the coast of Crescent City) which is still functioning as a historical landmark.

Del Norte County was established in 1857, from part of the territory of Klamath County following the great California Gold Rush. Klamath County itself ceased to exist in 1874.

A more detailed history of the area and of the Towns can be found here. [1885 Directory]

California Map Collections

Northern California Base Map
Southern California Base Map
David Rumsey ~ Historic Map & Atlas Collection
Perry-Castaneda ~ Map Collection
Earthquake Fault Maps
CA Digital Map Collection
Humboldt State Univ. CA State Library Collection
Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps California
Dept of Forestry
Central Pacific Railroad Maps
Interactive "California County Formation" Maps

California Boundry Changes

Del Norte County is rich in Native American Culture.

There is a lot of information from the old Del Norte Pages that has been reformatted for easier searching and reference.
If you cannot find something that used to be there, check the 'Odds & Ends' Page.

Old Queries can be found here. They are in a searchable pdf file.
1885 Del Norte Directory

This Section Reserved
"What's New"
Stay tuned as we look for new resources for Del Norte County.
It is my hope that we can find a new County Coordinator.
Links to new and useful resources are being accepted.

     "The Fine Print"
The CAGW Administrative Team:
Del Norte County Coordinator:
State Coordinator: Martha A Crosley Graham
Assistant State Coordinators: Claire Martin, Joy Fisher & Jeannette Harper

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