Nevada County Resources

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This entry was originally written by Nell Sachse Woodard and Dwight A. Radford for Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources.

This article is part of
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the Nevada Family History Research series.
History of Nevada
Nevada Vital Records
Census Records for Nevada
Background Sources for Nevada
Nevada Maps
Nevada Land Records
Nevada Probate Records
Nevada Court Records
Nevada Tax Records
Nevada Cemetery Records
Nevada Church Records
Nevada Military Records
Nevada Periodicals, Newspapers, and Manuscript Collections
Nevada Archives, Libraries, and Societies
Ethnic Groups of Nevada
Nevada County Resources
Map of Nevada
County Map of Nevada

The following chart indicates what vital, land, probate, and court records are in each county. The dates indicated are the first known records for each county. County records may still be with the county, at the Nevada State Library and Archives, and/or on microfilm at the FHL. Some data from Greene’s work (See Background Sources for Nevada) was also used.

In Nevada, the county recorders hold land records, except in two cases where the county assessor’s office handles them. County clerks have probate records, and the clerk of the courts maintains court records. Current contact information to the individual counties can be found on the website “Nevada County and City Information”. A list of what record types can be found and which office handles them can be found on the Nevada State Library and Archives website.




Map County Address Date Formed Parent County/ies Birth Marriage Death Land Probate Court
Carson 1854 (abolished 1861; became part of Washoe, Churchill, Storey, Lyon, Douglas, and Humboldt) Utah Territory
As part of Utah Territory, it included Carson City, Genoa, and Virginia City, but it was abolished when Nevada Territory counties were formed.
E2 Carson City City Hall, 885 E. Musser St. Carson City 89701-4775 1861 Ormsby 1887 1887 1887 1855 1864 1864
Ormsby County was consolidated with Carson City, 1969, to form an independent city.
D3 Churchill 155 N. Taylor St. Fallon 89406 1861 original 1888 1864 1885 1864 1904 1904
J7 Clark 200 S. Third St. Las Vegas 89155 1909 Lincoln 1909 1909 1909 1909 1909 1909
District Health Department, 625 Shadow Lane, Las Vegas, has births and death from 1955 for Las Vegas.
E2 Douglas 1594 Esmeralda St./P.O. Box 218 Minden 89423 1861 original 1885 1862 1887 1855 1887 1887
In 1859, the county was part of Millard County, Utah, then added to Carson County.
B6 Elko 571 Idaho St. Elko 89801-3715 1869 Lander 1887 1869 1887 1869 1869 1869
G4 Esmeralda P.O. Box 517 Goldfield 89013-0517 1861 original 1887 1871 1887 1863 1881 1864
D5 Eureka P.O. Box 667 Eureka 89316-0677-3150 1873 Lander/White Pine 1887 1870 1887 1873 1873 1873
Added part of White Pine County in 1881.
A3 Humboldt 50 W. Fifth St. Winnemucca 89445 1861 original 1887 1862 1887 1861 1863 1869
D4 Lander 315 S. Humboldt St. Battle Mountain 89820-1982 1862 Humboldt/Churchill 1887 1863 1887 1862 1862 1862
G6 Lincoln P.O. Box 90 Pioche 89043 1866 Nye 1887 1871 1887 1865 1855 1873
E2 Lyon 27 S. Main St. Yerington 89447-2571 1861 original 1887 1861 1887 1862 1867 1867
E3 Mineral P.O. Box 1450 Hawthorne 89415-1450 1911 Esmeralda 1911 1911 1911 1911 1911 1911
F5 Nye P.O. Box 153 Tonopah 89049-0153 1864 Esmeralda 1887 1864 1887 1864 1864 1864
Ormsby 1861 (became part of Carson City, 1969) original
Pahute 1864 (abolished 1871; became part of Lincoln and later Clark) Arizona Territory
C3 Pershing P.O. Box 820 Lovelock 89419-0820 1919 Humboldt 1919 1919 1919 1919 1919 1919
Roop 1870 (annexed to Washoe, 1883)
St. Mary’s 1860 (abolished 1869; became Elko)
D2 Storey P.O. Box D Virginia City 89440-0139 1861 original 1887 1862 1887 1859 1886 1861
B2 Washoe P.O. Box 11130 Reno 89520-0027 1861 original 1887* 1862 1887* 1870 1870 1870
*At Washoe County Health Department, 1001 East Ninth Street, Reno 89520.
D7 White Pine 801 Clark St. Ely 89301-1994 1869 Lander 1887 1884 1887 1885 1885* 1869
*Courthouse fire, 1885.