Elko County, Nevada Genealogy

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Guide to Elko County, Nevada ancestry, genealogy and family history, birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.

County Facts
County seat: Elko
Organized: March 5, 1869
Parent County(s): St. Mary's
Neighboring Counties
Box Elder (UT)  • Cassia (ID)  • Eureka  • Humboldt  • Lander  • Owyhee (ID)  • Tooele (UT)  • Twin Falls (ID)  • White Pine
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Elko County Nevada Courthouse.jpg
Location Map
Map Elko County, NV.png

South Fork Owyhee, Elko County

County Information[edit | edit source]

Description[edit | edit source]

The county was possibly named for the herds of elk once inhabiting the area.[1] It is located in the northeastern area of the state.[2]

County Courthouse[edit | edit source]

Elko County Courthouse
571 Idaho Street, #204
Elko, NV 89801-3787
Phone: 775-738-4600
Elko County Website

County Clerk has marriage applications, divorce, probate and court records from 1876.
County Recorder has birth, death, burial and land records.[3]

Courthouse History

Elko County, Nevada Record Dates[edit | edit source]

Information for this chart was taken from various sources, often containing conflicting dates. This information should be taken as a guide and should be verified by contacting the county and/or the state government agency.

Known Beginning Dates for Major Records[4]
Birth* Marriage Death* Court Land Probate Census
1887 1876 1887 1876 1869 1876 1850
*Statewide registration for births and deaths started in 1911. General compliance year is unknown.

Record Loss[edit | edit source]

There is no known history of courthouse disasters in this county.

Boundary Changes[edit | edit source]

Populated Places[edit | edit source]

For a complete list of populated places, including small neighborhoods and suburbs, visit Hometown Locator. The following are the most historically and genealogically relevant populated places in this county:[6]

Unincorporated communities
Census-designated places
Ghost towns

See also[edit | edit source]

  • Alazon
  • Charleston
  • Clifside
  • Coin
  • Contact
  • Currie
  • Decoy
  • Deep Creek
  • Delaplain
  • Dolly Varden
  • Elburz
  • Fenelon
  • Henry
  • Hogan
  • Holborn
  • Loray
  • Melandco
  • Mizpah
  • Moleen
  • Moor
  • Ola
  • Pilot
  • Point of Rocks
  • Proctor
  • Rock House
  • Rowland
  • Ruby
  • Ruby Valley
  • Sage
  • San Jacinto
  • Scraper Springs
  • Shores
  • Silver Zone
  • Spruce
  • Sprucemont
  • Tecoma
  • Tonka
  • Tulasco
  • Tuscarora
  • Tyrol
  • Ventosa
  • Vivian
  • Wendover
  • Wilkins
  • Williams Cabin

History Timeline[edit | edit source]

Resources[edit | edit source]

Bible Records[edit | edit source]

Listed below are resources for Bible records specific to Elko County. To find more resources, go to the Nevada Bible Records page.

Biographies[edit | edit source]

Business, Commerce, and Occupations[edit | edit source]

Cemeteries[edit | edit source]

Cemeteries of Elko County, Nevada online and in print
Tombstone Transcriptions Online
Tombstone Transcriptions in
more complete
List of Cemeteries in the County
See Nevada Cemeteries for more information

The following web site has additional information on Elko county cemeteries.

Census Records[edit | edit source]

Historical populations
Census Pop.
1870 3,447
1880 5,716 65.8%
1890 4,794 −16.1%
1900 5,688 18.6%
1910 8,133 43.0%
1920 8,083 −0.6%
1930 9,960 23.2%
1940 10,912 9.6%
1950 11,654 6.8%
1960 12,011 3.1%
1970 13,958 16.2%
1980 17,269 23.7%
1990 33,530 94.2%
2000 45,291 35.1%
2010 48,818 7.8%
Source: "Wikipedia.org".

The first enumeration for Nevada before it was a state in 1864, was in the 1850 Census in both New Mexico and Utah Territories, but the area had not been divided into counties. Those living there may be in the Utah 1851 Census. For 1860, Nevada was again enumerated in New Mexico and Utah Territories. [7] A partial state census exists for Nevada in 1862 and 1863 and a full state census exists for 1875. [8] See links listed below.

State and Territory Census Records[edit | edit source]

Federal Census Records[edit | edit source]

Federal Censuses were taken for the state of Nevada starting in 1870. Although, those living in south-eastern Nevada in 1870 may be enumerated in Utah or Arizona because of disputed boundaries with Nevada.[9] For links to Federal Census indexes, see Nevada Census.

Church Records[edit | edit source]

Most church records are held by individual churches. For contact information, check a phone directory, such as SearchBug or Dex Knows. Some denominations are gathering their records into a central repository. For more information about these major repositories, see Nevada Church Records.

Ward and Branch Records of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

  • Carlin
  • Elko
  • Metropolis – There is no ward or branch in Metropolis. Contact the Wells ward.
  • Montello – There is no Ward or Branch in Montello. Contact the Wells Ward.
  • Ruby Valley
  • Wells - Located at 951 Lake Ave, Wells, NV 89835 (not a mailing address). Historical records are not kept at this location, nor does the local ward bishop have access to records of deceased individuals. Church records are usually found in the towns rather than on the county level. Search the FamilySearch Catalog - Place Search for the appropriate town in Elko County.

List of Churches and Church Parishes

Court Records[edit | edit source]

Directories[edit | edit source]

Emigration and Immigration[edit | edit source]

Ethnic, Political, and Religious Groups[edit | edit source]

Funeral Homes[edit | edit source]

Genealogies[edit | edit source]

Guardianship[edit | edit source]

Land and Property Records[edit | edit source]

The county recorder's office keeps land records once the land was transferred to private ownership. Abstracts and indexes for these records are generally available at the county courthouse.

In the FamilySearch Catalog, land records for Nevada are listed in the Place Search under: NEVADA, Elko – LAND AND PROPERTY

For more information see Nevada Land and Property

Local Histories[edit | edit source]

County histories may include biographies of early settlers and residents, church and school information, and local military regiments at the time of publication.

  • Elko County and Its Vast Mineral Wealth. c1998. By the Elko Chamber of Commerce. Salt Lake City, Utah : Genealogical Society of Utah. At various libraries(WorldCat).
  • Midas, Nevada. By Alan H. Patera. Journal Article: Western places : a chronicle of western settlement - v. 1 (1992) - v. 1, no. 1 (Feb. 1992). FamilySearch Catalog.
  • Old Heart of Nevada: Ghost Towns and Mining Camps of Elko County. c1998. By Shawn R. Hall. Reno, Nevada : University of Nevada Press. At various libraries(WorldCat).
  • This Land Was Ours: An In-Depth Study of a Frontier Community. c1973. By Edna B. Patterson. Springville, Utah : Art City Pub. At various libraries(WorldCat).
  • Thomas Wellington Dove - Mining Engineer, and Tuscarora Revisited. c1998. By Charles Beardsley. Salt Lake City, Utah : Genealogical Society of Utah. At various libraries(WorldCat).
  • Together In My Name: A Centennial Tribute to the Little Church of the Crossroads, Lamoille, Nevada. c1990. By Linda E. Stapley. Elko, Nevada : Linda E. Stapley. At various libraries(WorldCat).
  • Utah People in the Nevada Desert: Homestead and Community on a Twentieth Century Farmers' Frontier. c1994. By Marshall E. Bowen. Logan, Utah : Utah State University Press. At various libraries(WorldCat).

Online County Histories

  • The History of Development of Elko County. c1910. By Lulu Belle Hurley. Lake Grove, Reno, Nevada : n.p. Online at: FamilySearch Digital Library; At various libraries(WorldCat).
  • History of Elko General Hospital : The Beginning and the End. By Howard Hickson. Journal Article: Northeastern Nevada Historical Society quarterly - 2007 - v. 2007, no. 1 (2007). Available through: FamilySearch Catalog.
  • Hospital History. By George Manilla. Journal Article: Northeastern Nevada Historical Society quarterly - 2007 - v. 2007, no. 1 (2007). Available through: FamilySearch Catalog.
  • Nevada Guide to Genealogical Records. c1998. By Diane E Greene. Baltimore, Md. : Reprinted for Clearfield Co. by Genealogical Pub. Co. Online at: Google Books; At various libraries(WorldCat).
  • Post-World War II Surgery in Elko. By Hugh S. Collett. Journal Article: Northeastern Nevada Historical Society quarterly - 2007 - v. 2007, no. 1 (2007). Available through: FamilySearch Catalog.
  • Reminiscences of Elko General Hospital. By Caesar Salicchi. Journal Article: Northeastern Nevada Historical Society quarterly - 2007 - v. 2007, no. 1 (2007). Available through: FamilySearch Catalog.

Google Books has additional books about the history and people in Elko County, Nevada. Try various search terms, including the names of people. Books designated with "Full view" can be read online.

Maps and Gazetteers[edit | edit source]

Owyhee CountyTwin Falls CountyBox Elder CountyTooele CountyWhite Pine CountyEureka CountyLander CountyHumboldt CountyNV ELKO.jpg
Click a neighboring county
for more resources

The Elko County on-line Public Record index starts in 1984. Filed maps, 1869 to present, can be searched by section, township and range or document number and can be viewed and printed.

For historical maps,search the following free sites:

Migration[edit | edit source]

Early migration routes to and from Elko County, Nevada Genealogy for emigrant settlers included:

Military Records[edit | edit source]

These collections are unique to Nevada. You will find nationwide databases for military records on U.S. Military Online Genealogy Records and Nevada Military Records.

Civil War

World War I

World War II

Korea War

Vietnam War

Other Conflicts

For further information see Nevada Military Records.

Naturalization and Citizenship[edit | edit source]

Please see the Nevada Naturalization and Citizenship page for state-wide information.

Online Naturalization Indexes and Records

Newspapers[edit | edit source]

For more information, see Nevada Newspapers.

Nevada Newspaper Catalogs

  • U.S. Newspaper Directory, 1690-Present on Chronicling America - contains a list of all known newspapers and the dates they cover; once you locate a newspaper name, contact the local library to see if they have copies of the newspaper

Obituaries[edit | edit source]

Many of the Elko County newspapers can be found on microfilm at the Elko County library in their entirety. The Elko library has microfilms of many different newspapers. Obituaries have been extracted from many of the Elko County newspapers. These obituaries have also been collected and put together on microfilm. These obituary collections can be accessed at the Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah, on microfilm numbers 1598453 and 1598454. The extracted obituaries are pulled from the following locations: Jackpot, Jarbridge, Metropolis, Montello, Owyhee, Tuscarora, and Wells, all of Elko County. Any other obituary not found in these microfilms will have to be looked for in the microfilms held by the Elko County Library.

Other Records[edit | edit source]

Periodicals[edit | edit source]

Probate Records[edit | edit source]

Probate records may include, wills, bonds, petitions, accounts, inventories, administrations, orders, decrees, and distributions. They may include the decedent’s date of death, names of his or her spouse, children, parents, siblings, in-laws, etc. See Nevada Probate Records for additional information.

School Records[edit | edit source]

Social Security Records[edit | edit source]

Tax Records[edit | edit source]

Nevada tax records complement land records and can be used to supplement the years between censuses. There may be gaps of several years in the tax records. Most tax records can be obtained from the county treasurer or assessor. For more information, see the wiki page Nevada Taxation. The Family History Library does not have copies of Nevada tax records (as of June 2013).

Vital Records[edit | edit source]

Vital Records consist of births, adoptions, marriages, divorces, and deaths recorded on registers, certificates, and documents.

A copy or an extract of most Nevada original records can be purchased from the Nevada Department of Health and Human Services or the County Clerk's office of the county where the event occurred. See also Nevada Vital Records. For information about restrictions and costs for certificates, see the CDC Where to Write for Vital Records site.

Birth[edit | edit source]

Marriage[edit | edit source]

Death[edit | edit source]

Divorce[edit | edit source]

Research Facilities[edit | edit source]

Archives[edit | edit source]

Listed below are archives in {{{1}}} County. For state-wide archival repositories, see Nevada Archives and Libraries.

Family History Centers[edit | edit source]

Family History Center and Affiliate Library Locator map - search for local Family History Centers or Affiliate Libraries

  • Family History Centers provide one-on-one assistance, free access to center-only databases, and to premium genealogical websites.
  • FamilySearch Affiliate Libraries have access to most center-only databases, but may not always have full services normally provided by a family history center.

Local Centers and Affiliate Libraries

Libraries[edit | edit source]

Listed below are libraries in Elko County. For state-wide library facilities, see Nevada Archives and Libraries.

Carlin Branch Library
330 Memory Lane
PO Box 1120
Carlin, NV 89822

Elko County Library
720 Court St
Elko, NV 89801

Tuscarora Library
55 Weed St
Tuscarora, NV 89834

Museums[edit | edit source]

Societies[edit | edit source]

Listed below are societies in Elko County. For state-wide genealogical societies, see Nevada Societies.

Elko Genealogical Society
3001 North Fifth Street
Elko, NV 89801

Nevada Historical Society
1650 North Virginia Street
Reno, NV 89503
Phone: 775-688-1190
Email: shayeszorn@nevadaculture.org

Nevada State Genealogical Society
4751 Neil Road
Reno, NV 89515-0666

Northeastern Nevada Genealogical Society
1515 Idaho St
Elko, NV 89801

Tri-State Genealogical Society
For Arizona, California, Nevada
PO Box 21902
Bullhead City, AZ 86439

Western Shoshone Historical Society
1545 Silver Eagle
Elko, NV 89801-5021
Phone: 775-738-7070

Websites[edit | edit source]

  • Elko County at Cyndi's List — a comprehensive, categorized & cross-referenced list of links that point you to genealogical research sites online
  • Elko County at Genealogy Trails — volunteer transcriptions of genealogical and historical data
  • Elko County at Nevada USGenWeb - free online resources for genealogical research
  • Elko County at Nevada USGenWeb Archives - free online data for genealogical research
  • Elko County, Nevada at Linkpendium - genealogy and family history
  • Elko County, Nevada Genealogy at LDSGenealogy.com - collection of links by state, county, city, and record type
  • FamilySearch Catalog The FamilySearch catalog contains descriptions and access information for all genealogical materials (including books, online materials, microfilm, microfiche, and publications) in their collection. Use Historical Records to search for specific individuals in genealogical records.

Research Guides[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Genealogy Trails History Group, “Elko County, Nevada Genealogy and History”, http://genealogytrails.com/nev/elko/ accessed 3/27/2017.
  2. Wikipedia contributors, "Elko County," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elko_County,_Nevada 3/27/2017.
  3. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Elko County, Oregon page 442, At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  4. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Elko County, Nevada. Page 442. At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002; Alice Eichholz, ed. Ancestry’s Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources, Third ed. (Provo, Utah: Ancestry, 2004), 428.
  5. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).
  6. Wikipedia contributors, "Elko County, Nevada," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elko_County%2C_Nevada accessed 13 March 2017.
  7. William Thorndale and William Dollarhide, Map Guide to the U.S. Federal Censuses (Bountiful, UT: American Genealogical Lending Library, 1985), page 211.
  8. ’'Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), 437. At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002; Alice Eichholz, ‘’Ancestry’s Red Book: American State, County and Town Sources,’’ 3rd ed. (Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 2004), 422. Free online version; FHL Book 973 D27rb 2004; WorldCat entry.
  9. William Thorndale and William Dollarhide, Map Guide to the U.S. Federal Censuses (Bountiful, UT: American Genealogical Lending Library, 1985), page 212.
  10. National Park Service, "California Trail" (map) in California National Historic Trail at http://www.nps.gov/cali/planyourvisit/upload/CALImap1-web.pdf (accessed 2 August 2011).
  11. Wikipedia contributors, "First Transcontinental Railroad" in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/First_Transcontinental_Railroad (accessed 2 August 2011).