Genealogy, Articles, Obituaries & Records

Looking for an Obituary?

Print copies of local newspapers are kept at library branches for 6 months, after which they can be viewed on microfilm. Butte County Library also maintains microfilm collections of historic Butte County Newspapers back to 1854.

Unable to Come into a Branch?

Fill out our online Obituary/Newspaper Article Request Form. An Obituary/Newspaper Article Request Form (PDF) version of this is also available for download if you prefer to mail it in.

Butte County Vital Records Index (1854 to 1897)

The Butte County Library maintains a vital records index to local newspapers from 1854 through approximately 1897 at the Oroville Branch. Library volunteers can copy newspaper articles once the date of an event is known. Fill out our online Obituary/Newspaper Article Request Form. An Obituary/Newspaper Article Request Form (PDF) version of this is also available for download if you prefer to mail it in.

Newspaper Abbreviations

  • WBR - Weekly Butte Record
  • OM - Oroville Mercury
  • WOR - Weekly Oroville Register
  • DOR - Daily Oroville Register
  • CE - Chico Enterprise
  • WCR - Weekly Chronicle-Record
  • WCRC - Weekly Chico Record-Chronicle
  • NE - Northern Enterprise
  • BR - Butte Record
  • WOM - Weekly Oroville Mercury
  • GH - Gridley Herald