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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
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
Carson1854 (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.
E2Carson CityCity Hall, 885 E. Musser St. Carson City 89701-47751861Ormsby188718871887185518641864
Ormsby County was consolidated with Carson City, 1969, to form an independent city.
D3Churchill155 N. Taylor St. Fallon 894061861original188818641885186419041904
J7Clark200 S. Third St. Las Vegas 891551909Lincoln190919091909190919091909
District Health Department, 625 Shadow Lane, Las Vegas, has births and death from 1955 for Las Vegas.
E2Douglas1594 Esmeralda St./P.O. Box 218 Minden 894231861original188518621887185518871887
In 1859, the county was part of Millard County, Utah, then added to Carson County.
B6Elko571 Idaho St. Elko 89801-37151869Lander188718691887186918691869
G4EsmeraldaP.O. Box 517 Goldfield 89013-05171861original188718711887186318811864
D5EurekaP.O. Box 667 Eureka 89316-0677-31501873Lander/White Pine188718701887187318731873
Added part of White Pine County in 1881.
A3Humboldt50 W. Fifth St. Winnemucca 894451861original188718621887186118631869
D4Lander315 S. Humboldt St. Battle Mountain 89820-19821862Humboldt/Churchill188718631887186218621862
G6LincolnP.O. Box 90 Pioche 890431866Nye188718711887186518551873
E2Lyon27 S. Main St. Yerington 89447-25711861original188718611887186218671867
E3MineralP.O. Box 1450 Hawthorne 89415-14501911Esmeralda191119111911191119111911
F5NyeP.O. Box 153 Tonopah 89049-01531864Esmeralda188718641887186418641864
Ormsby 1861 (became part of Carson City, 1969)original
Pahute1864 (abolished 1871; became part of Lincoln and later Clark)Arizona Territory
C3PershingP.O. Box 820 Lovelock 89419-08201919Humboldt191919191919191919191919
Roop1870 (annexed to Washoe, 1883)
St. Mary’s1860 (abolished 1869; became Elko)
D2StoreyP.O. Box D Virginia City 89440-01391861original188718621887185918861861
B2WashoeP.O. Box 11130 Reno 89520-00271861original1887*18621887*187018701870
*At Washoe County Health Department, 1001 East Ninth Street, Reno 89520.
D7White Pine801 Clark St. Ely 89301-19941869Lander18871884188718851885*1869
*Courthouse fire, 1885.
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