Nevada Fast Facts and Key Resources

Nevada Fast Facts and Key Resources

Use these resources to trace your Nevada kin.

Statehood: 1864

Territory: Part of Utah Territory in 1850, became Nevada Territory in 1861

First available federal census: 1850

Available territorial and state censuses: 1862, 1863, 1875

Statewide birth and death records begin: 1911

Statewide marriage records begin: 1969

Counties: 16 plus an independent city (Carson City)

Public-land state

Contact for vital records:

Health Division, Office of Vital Records and Statistics
Nevada State Department of Human Resources

505 E. King St
Carson City, NV 89701


Web Sites

Cyndi’s List Nevada


Discover Nevada History in Maps

• FamilySearch: Nevada Research Outline

<>: Scroll to Nevada.

• Nevada GenWeb Project


Nevada History
Nevada Newspapers

• Nevada Online Census Database


Old Spanish Trail Association


Early Nevada Churches by Marjorie A. Hanes (Nevada Daughters of the American Revolution)

History of Hispanics in Southern Nevada by M.L Miranda (University of Nevada Press)

Nevada Guide to Genealogical Records by Diane E. Creene (Clearfield Co.)

Nevada Place Names: A Geographical Dictionary by Helen S. Carlson (University of Nevada Press)

The Nevada Tombstone Record Book: Southern Nevada by Richard B. Taylor (Nevada Families Project,)

Newspapers of Nevada: A History and Bibliography 1854-1979 by Richard E. Lingenfelter and Karen Rix Cash (University of Nevada Press)

Prime Sources of California and Nevada Local History: 151 Rare and Important City, County and State Directories, 1850-1906 by Richard Quebedeaux (A.H. Clark)

The Silver State by James W. Hulse (University of Nevada Press)

Women in Nevada History: An Annotated Bibliography of Published Sources edited by Jean Ford, Betty J. Class and Martha B. Gould (Nevada Women’s History Project)

Organizations and Archives

• Clark County Genealogical Society

Box 1929, Las Vegas, NV 89125, (702) 225-5838, <>

• Nevada Bureau of Land Management

1340 Financial Blvd., Box 12000, Reno, NV 89502, (775) 861-6400, <>

• Nevada Historical Society

1650 N. Virginia St., Reno, NV 89503, (775) 688-1190, < docs/museums/reno/his-soc.htm>

• Nevada State Genealogical Society

Box 20666, Reno, NV 89515, <>

• Nevada State Library and Archives

100 N. Stewart St, Carson City, NV 89701, Archives: (775) 684-3310, Library: (775) 684-3360, <>

• Northeastern Nevada Genealogical Society

1515 Idaho St., Elko, NV 89801, (775) 738-3418, <>

• University of Nevada, Las Vegas Department of Special Collections

4505 S. Maryland Parkway, Las Vegas, NV 89154, (702) 895-2253, <>



From the January 2008 Family Tree Magazine.

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