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Guide to the Sacramento County (Calif.) Clerk Recorder records
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The County Recorder as provided for by the California State Government Code is responsible for the recording of publicly registered documents. As a division of the Law and Justice Agency, the Recorder is responsible for receiving, verifying, dating, indexing, recording, and returning documents regarding land ownership, vital statistics, and various public matters.
The County Clerk as provided for by the 1850 California State Statutes was the ex officio Clerk of the District Court, County Court, Court of Sessions, Probate Court, and Board of Supervisors and was responsible for the recording and care of all books, papers, and records generated by each. He was empowered to administer oaths, receive bonds, and issue all writs and processes required by the court. From 1857-69 he was also the ex officio Recorder. A separate Clerk of the Board of Supervisors was appointed in 1858. With the adoption of the 1880 State Constitution the older courts all became part of the Superior Court, with a corresponding change in the title of the Clerk's records but with no change in duties.
1249.6 linear feet (297 boxes + 6,236 bound volumes + ~825 photographs)
All requests to publish or quote from private collections held by the Center for Sacramento History (CSH) must be submitted in writing to csh@cityofsacramento.org. Permission for publication is given on behalf of CSH as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by the patron. No permission is necessary to publish or quote from public records.
Collection is open for research use.