Greetings Stanislaus researchers, my name is Karen De Groote and I am your County Coordinator..
I have research ties here as well as having lived in the county for almost 20 years. Although I no longer live in the state, it is my goal to get Stanislaus County online genealogy to grow. The USGenWeb project is one of the leading providers of free genealogical data in the country and Stanislaus has much to offer her researchers. If you would like to be involved in growing this website or have questions, please don't hesitate to write. It will take a month or two to get information up and running so check back often for new resources.
The Stanislaus County CAGenWeb Project sincerely thanks Lewis M. Ruddick, County Coordinator 1996-2017, for devoting time and effort over a period of more than 20 years toward making this site a successful one.
A Little Bit About Stanislaus County:
The first European to see the area that now includes Stanislaus County was Gabriel Moraga in 1806. The area later was named Rio Estanislao in honor of Estanislao, a mission-educated renegade Native American chief who led a band of Native Americans in a series of battles against Mexican troops until finally being defeated by General Mariano Vallejo in 1826. Estanislao was his baptismal name, the Spanish version of Stanislaus, itself the Latin version of the name of an 11th-century Polish Catholic Saint Stanislaus the Martyr.
Between 1843 and 1846, when California was a province of independent Mexico, five Mexican land grants totaling 113,135 acres (458 km2; 177 sq mi) were granted in the area of today's Stanislaus County. Rancho Orestimba y Las Garzas, Rancho Pescadero, and Rancho Del Puerto were located on the west side of the San Joaquin River and Rancho Del Rio Estanislao and Rancho Thompson on the north side of the Stanislaus River. Additionally, in 1844, Salomon Pico received a Mexican land grant of 58,000 acres (235 km2; 91 sq mi) in the San Joaquin Valley, somewhere near the Stanislaus River and the San Joaquin River in what is now Stanislaus County. However, the grant was never confirmed by the Land Commission.
Stanislaus County was formed from part of Tuolumne County in 1854. The county seat was first situated at Adamsville, then moved to Empire City in November, La Grange in December, Knights Ferry in 1862, and finally was fixed at the present location of Modesto in 1871.
The Legal Stuff:
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Page last updated: 20 Jan 2019