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Our Genealogy Helper for Alturas ...

We have a couple of goals for our Gazetteer:

  • That it be a tool that can help us with planning our trips.
  • That it also helps us to understand the community in which our ancestors lived, the community that was part of their daily lives.

By learning about Alturas (and the surrounding area) during the time that our ancestors lived, we hope to have a better understanding of both their community and its relationship to their lifes. We hope that this tool helps to give us an insight into their world.

As we add data and organize our Gazetteer to help with our family research, we will be adding to this, our Genealogical Helper for Alturas. While we don't have information that is specific to any given person or family, we intend to expand our understanding about where and how people lived.

Name Variations for Alturas ...

When searching records, keep in mind that names and their spelling can change over time. Our sources include documents like maps, railroad schedules, Travel, Express and Shipping Guides. Many of these documents date from the 1800's and it's common to find spelling differences.

Although we can't give a definitive list, hopefully the following will give you a feel for the variations that might have occurred.

Prior to its current name of Alturas, it was known as Dorrisville.

Alturas was originally named Dorris Bridge

If you have information about these names (such as the reason for the change, date of change, the origin of the name), please Contact Us.

A Few Details for Alturas ...

While it's still very early in our research, we have found that:

  • It was incorporated on September 16, 1901.

Neighboring Counties ...

When searching for family records, we have frequently made the mistake of not checking the neighboring counties.

For example, we have great-grandparents who lived in the southwest corner of their home county. During their lives, most doctors were in the next county to the west. Almost all of the nearby churches and cemeteries were in the county to the south.

So when searching for records, we had our best success by looking in neighboring counties instead of the county in which they lived:  their home county contained property and probate records; the county to the west contained birth and death records; the county to the south contained their burial records. If we hadn't included the neighboring counties, we would have missed many valuable sources of information.

If you're in a similar situation, we hope that the following information helps.

Alturas is located in Modoc County and is the County Seat.

To see how the shape of California's counties have changed over time, we recommend the Atlas of Historical County Boundaries.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Modoc County: Lassen, Shasta, Siskiyou, Washoe (NV), Klamath (OR) & Lake (OR).

Below are the counties that are near Alturas. For each of these counties, we show a sample of those communities that are closest to Alturas:

  • Modoc County     (The home county of Alturas)
    • McArthur [Modoc County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for McArthur
      • McArthur [Modoc County] lies 10 miles [16.1 km]<1> to the south of Alturas
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for McArthur have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on McArthur
    • Cantrall Mill [Modoc County] - Historic
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Cantrall Mill
      • Cantrall Mill [Modoc County] was located 16 miles [25.7 km]<1> to the southeast of Alturas
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Cantrall Mill have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Likely [Modoc County]
    • Canby [Modoc County]
    • Cedarville [Modoc County]
    • Davis Creek [Modoc County]
    • Lake City [Modoc County]
    • Eagleville [Modoc County]
    • Adin [Modoc County]
    • Fort Bidwell [Modoc County]
    • Lookout [Modoc County]
  • Lassen County
  • Lake County (OR)

For an expanded list of the communities that are closest to Alturas, see our County-by-County Page for Alturas.

Newspapers Published in the Vicinity of Alturas ...

An ongoing effort between the Library of Congress and the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) has resulted in the National Digital Newspaper Program (NDNP).

To share their results, the partnership has created the Chronicling America website. The goal of this partnership is to assemble a database about the current and historic newspapers of the United States. This includes a growing collection of scanned images from selected papers. All of it available to the public on their website.

Using information that we've taken from the Chronicling America website, we've identified 26 newspapers that have been published in the area around Alturas.

We have organized these newspapers into two lists:

  • A Local Newspaper List - focusing on the papers published in the immediate area of Alturas. There are actually two parts to this list - papers printed in the immediate area of Alturas and those printed in the larger area surrounding Alturas.
  • An Extended Newspaper List - a longer list, sorted by paper name and containing those papers published within 32 miles [51.5 km] of Alturas.

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we start with the websites from Cyndi's List, FamilySearch and Genealogy Trails. These helpful websites offer the information directly or else point to where you can find it. Their information is open to everyone.

To help you get started, the following links will take you to the pages that are relevant to Alturas:

  • Of Special Interest ...
    • The GenDisasters website specializes in newspaper articles about tragedies and disasters. While it makes interesting reading all by itself, it should be of special interest to genealogists and family historians looking for people who were either affected by or directly involved in such tragedies.
    • Stories from California
    • Stories from Oregon

Cemeteries Near Alturas ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Alturas.

This is a new section and is likely to have errors. If you find an error, such as a missing cemetery or we have the wrong name, please let us know. If you know of them, we would also appreciate learning about previous or alternate names.

If you need information about a burial or interment, photos, transcripts, how to contact the cemetery or local authorities, please visit our selection of Genealogy Websites (see below).

If not found below, our Cemetery List for Alturas covers a larger area, with the cemeteries listed in alphabetical order.

Nearby Communities in 1895 ...

We've built the following list with information that came from an Atlas published by Rand McNally in 1895. The Atlas had details such as the population of the community (which appears to have come from the 1890 Census) and whether there was a post office and/or railroad service available. We also indicate if the community no longer exists and is now historic.<6>

The Rand McNally Atlas shows that Alturas had a population of 1,013 people in 1895 with a post office and no railroad service. In 2020, Alturas had a population of 2,542 people.

These communities are listed based on their distance from Alturas, with the one closest to Alturas listed first.

  • Alturas [Modoc County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Alturas
    • Alturas [Modoc County] lies less than 2 miles<1> to the southeast of Alturas
    • According to the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, the estimated population in 1895: 1,013 people
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 2,542 people
    • From the 1895 Atlas, Alturas had a post office and no railroad service
    • Former name for Alturas:
    • Dorrisville
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Alturas
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Alturas<3>
  • Likely [Modoc County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Likely
    • Likely [Modoc County] lies 17 miles [27.4 km]<1> to the south of Alturas
    • From the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, Likely had a post office and no railroad service
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Likely
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Likely<3>
  • Canby [Modoc County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Canby
    • Canby [Modoc County] lies 17 miles [27.4 km]<1> to the west of Alturas
    • From the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, Canby had a post office and no railroad service
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Canby
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Canby<3>
  • Cedarville [Modoc County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Cedarville
    • Cedarville [Modoc County] lies 19 miles [30.6 km]<1> to the east of Alturas
    • According to the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, the estimated population in 1895: 692 people
    • From the 1895 Atlas, Cedarville had a post office and no railroad service
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Cedarville
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Cedarville<3>
  • Lake City [Modoc County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Lake City
    • Lake City [Modoc County] lies 19 miles [30.6 km]<1> to the northeast of Alturas
    • According to the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, the estimated population in 1895: 122 people
    • From the 1895 Atlas, Lake City had a post office and no railroad service
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Lake City
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Lake City<3>
  • Davis Creek [Modoc County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Davis Creek
    • Davis Creek [Modoc County] lies 19 miles [30.6 km]<1> to the northeast of Alturas
    • According to the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, the estimated population in 1895: 27 people
    • From the 1895 Atlas, Davis Creek had a post office and no railroad service
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Davis Creek
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Davis Creek<3>
  • Eagleville [Modoc County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Eagleville
    • Eagleville [Modoc County] lies 25 miles [40.2 km]<1> to the southeast of Alturas
    • According to the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, the estimated population in 1895: 116 people
    • From the 1895 Atlas, Eagleville had a post office and no railroad service
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Eagleville
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Eagleville<3>
  • Adin [Modoc County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Adin
    • Adin [Modoc County] lies 28 miles [45.1 km]<1> to the southwest of Alturas
    • According to the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, the estimated population in 1895: 376 people
    • From the 1895 Atlas, Adin had a post office and no railroad service
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Adin
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Adin<3>

We've also created an expanded list of communities that existed in the 1890's and were located in the area around Alturas. See our List of 1890's Communities around Alturas.

Miscellaneous References and Mentions for Alturas ...

While our initial data about Alturas came from various goverment sources, we have found mention of Alturas in old books and maps. When we do, we'll find a fact here or a snippet there. We've created the following list to keep track of the documents we found useful in adding to our knowledge about Alturas.

We hope that the following list of documents will be of interest to you.

Business Atlas and Shippers' Guide (1895)

Published by Rand McNally & Co.
(Document found on Google Books)

Note for Alturas:
Services available in 1895: no Railroad mentioned

We have found Alturas in these Censuses: 2010-1990. See our Census Page for Alturas for more information.

Both the GNIS and FIPS databases contain entries for Alturas. See our Misc Page for Alturas for more information.

Other Roadside Stops ...

Cities, Towns and Villages of California

About Modoc County

About California

Off-the-Road Links ...

The official website for Alturas: www.cityofalturas.org/

The official website for State of California: https://www.ca.gov/

Footnotes ...

<1>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'point-to-point' distance. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Alturas) to Point B.If you need the driving distance, we recommend that you use one of the Mapping Services listed on our Map Page for Alturas. Since we usually use Google Maps, we've provided the following link for your convenience: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from AlturasOur distance measurements begin at a specific point in Alturas. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 41.4874, Longitude: -120.5424    
<2>The location has been supplied by the Geographic Names Information System - which is maintained by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). While these values should be definitive, we have found that accuracy can vary and you should double-check the location if accuracy is required.
<3>While we're fans and frequent users of TripAdvisor, you should know that we're also members of the TripAdvisor affiliate program.
<4>The Find-a-Grave website is an excellent research tool with information about a cemetery's location and interments. They also offer a forum for their members which can provide additional help. More information about Find-a-Grave can be found on their website: findagrave.com.
<5>An 'estimated' location is one where we have been given GPS coordinates, but are unable to verify the accuracy of those coordinates. That said, we have some confidence that we have placed the marker near the actual location. A typical reason for being unable to verify a location is that it might be on private property or maybe historic and gone without an obvious trace.
<6>We use the term 'Historic' broadly and it generally means that the community no longer exists. However, it can also mean that the community might still exist, but was significantly larger or had a more 'official' existence in the past than it does now. Unfortunately our sources of data have proven to be unreliable. If you can provide us with more specific information about Alturas, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.






















 

 

 

 

 


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