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Lassen's Past A wonderful history of Lassen County, written by Lassen County Historian, Tim I. Purdy
Geological History of Susanville
California Vital Records Information Includes Lassen County
Map of Lassen County
Welcome To Lassen County, California
Sites On the Web Relating to Lassen County Genealogy (Lycos)

Lassen Loggers - historical railroad logging on Lassen County's three large lumber manufacturers of the 20th Century: Fruit Growers Supply Co.; Lassen Lumber & Box Company and Red River Lumber Co.
1895 Map of Lassen County
1870 Census of Lassen County
Lassen County City Directory(1885)

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Lassen County Family History Links
Anderson, Dillon & Whiteman - Hayden Hill (late 1800s.)
Sumit your Lassen Family Links HERE

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Genealogy Helplist California list of volunteers
who do lookups(inoperative as of 12/02/00
CHS Homepage/General Information
California Master County Index

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Other GenWeb Links

California Master County Index
Gene Stark's Index of Names for all GenWeb Sites (Includes all Lassen County lines.)
US GenWeb Page
World GenWeb
Kieth Lingenfelter's Tehema Ranchers of 1800s

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Genealogy Gateway(TM) To The Web by Steve Lacy
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Lassen County History

As the discovery of gold in 1848 sparked a flow of westward migration, an alternative to the Donner Pass (to cross the Sierras) was sought. Peter Lassen first explored these parts and in 1851 William Nobles began leading settlers over a route that ran from the Humbolt River (in Nevada) to Shasta City at the northern end of the Sacramento Valley. Of the thousand's that passed this way, some choose to remain in the Honey Lake Valley. Among these, Isaac Roop, established a trading post where travelers along the Nobles Emigrant Trail could stock up with provision, before crossing the Sierras.

First known as "Rooptown" the settlement later became Susanville, for Roop's daughter, Susan. Today the William H. Pratt Museum is housed in the original structure that Roop built when he arrived in the Honey Lake Valley. Open daily, "Roop's Fort" is a must see for visitors to the area; it is located just off Main Street in downtown Susanville.

In 1856, Isaac Roop and Peter Lassen led a group of disgruntled citizens, who were unhappy over efforts of Plumas County, CA officials to levy and collect taxes in this isolated and sparsely populated region. At the same time, the settlers were equally unwilling to be considered a part of the territory of Utah, a vast region that included parts of what were to become several western states. Roop, Lassen and their followers opted to form a separate territory which they called "Nataqua."

This short-lived republic was largely ignored (since the region affected had but a few hundred settlers) and when the territory of Nevada was established, Isaac Roop, was made a governor of the Territory. A few years later surveys of the area established that Susanville was actually a part of the State of California; the county of Lassen was established in 1864.

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Adjacent Counties

California Nevada
Modoc Washoe

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Societies, Mailing Lists and Resources

P.O. Box 321, Susanville, CA 96130

105 N. Weatherlow Street (P.O. Box 321), Susanville, CA 96130.
Phone (530) 257-4584
We are a regional historical society connected with the Lassen County Historical Society. Historical items related to Lassen County with permanent and special exhibitions. Facilities include a stamp mill. Publications include books, a quarterly journal, and a monthly newsletter. •Hours: May-Sep, 10-4, Mon-Fri; other times by appointment •Contact: Janet Corey, Curator

NORCAL Genealogy Index. This is an e-mail list of genealogists researching northern California ancestors. Members submit queries, answers, articles, and other genealogical information via EMail. This is a lively, helpful, no-fee group. To subscribe, send an E-mail message to: Send a blank email with only the word subscribe in the body of the email. If you have any problems subscribing (but ONLY if you have problems), contact: Yvonne Bowers at


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Last Updated 05/28/04.

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