Lassen County Probate Records
About the Courts
Lassen County was created on April 1, 1864 from portions of Plumas
and Shasta Counties. Prior to the formation, there was a dispute as to whether
the region was a part of California or Nevada. To research litigation prior to
1864 requires searches in both California and Nevada.
The Superior Court system that is in use today, was not created > until 1879 when Californians adopted a new Constitution. Prior to the adoption
of the new Constitution litigation was filed in either the County and/or
About the Probate Index
From 1978 through 1981, Tim I. Purdy volunteered to catalog,
organize and index the Lassen County, County, District and Superior Court
records covering a time span from 1864 to 1930. From 1864-1879 Lassen County
used a County Court Probate system. The adoption of California’s current
constitution which went into effect on January 1, 1880 abolished that court
system. From 1880-1888 probate cases were filed as regular Superior Court
matters. A change was made to separate this and since 1888 Probate cases were
kept separate and given their own file numbers.
CM = Case missing.
CT = Case transferred to another county.
MF = The original file has been destroyed and file only exists on
For more information concerning these records, accessibility, etc.,
contact Tim I. Purdy at firstname.lastname@example.org or call at 530.257.6747 or write
to at P.O. Box 1592, Susanville, CA 96130.
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