Calaveras County

One of California's Original Counties

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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.

Rest in Peace Pioneer Cabin Redwood Tree. Blown down during the severe storm on Sunday. Was a land mark for many Sierra Nevada visitors.

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.

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Calaveras County Page Coordinator
 Lewis M. Ruddick

Updated July 31 2017

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