Sacramento County, CA History
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Sacramento County, CA History and Genealogy

Sacramento County was incorporated in 1850 as one of the original 27 counties of the State of California. The County's largest city, the City of Sacramento, is the seat of government for the State of California and also serves as the county seat. Sacramento became the State Capital in 1854. The County is the major component of the Sacramento Metropolitan Statistical Area ("SMSA") which includes Sacramento, El Dorado, and Placer Counties.

Sacramento County encompasses approximately 994 square miles in the middle of the 400-mile long Central Valley, which is California's prime agricultural region. The County is bordered by Contra Costa and San Joaquin Counties on the south, Amador and El Dorado Counties on the east, Placer and Sutter Counties on the north, and Yolo and Solano Counties on the west. Sacramento County extends from the low delta lands between the Sacramento and San Joaquin rivers north to about ten miles beyond the State Capitol and east to the foothills of the Sierra Nevada Mountains. The southernmost portion of Sacramento County has direct access to the San Francisco Bay.

Sacramento County is a long-established center of commerce for the surrounding area. Trade and services, federal, state and local government, and food processing are important economic sectors. Visitors are attracted to the County by the State Capitol and other historical attractions such as Sutter's Fort, as well as natural amenities. The County's location at the intersection of four major highways brings additional visitors destined for the San Francisco Bay Area, the Gold Country, the Central Valley and the Sierra Nevada Mountains.


Sacramento County Home Page
Sacramento County Seal
Sacramento Public Libraries
State of California History and Culture
California State Archives
California State Library
Old Sacramento/Sutters Fort

Sacramento County Archival Respositories
Sacramento County Cemeteries
Sacramento County Marriages - 1850-1859 (partial)
Record of Marriages - A partial transcription of Sacramento County Record of Marriages book from LDS Film Number 1302108. This transcription begins in 1850 and will be updated on a regular basis.
Historical Sketch, 1851 by J. Horace Culver

History of the New California

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