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The archives, libraries, and societies listed below have collections or services helpful to Nevada researchers.

Note: To learn more about the history and record-keeping systems of Nevada counties, see the seven inventories of county archives produced by the Historical Records Survey around 1940. Copies of these inventories are available at the Family History Library.

Wiki Articles on Major Repositories in Nevada[edit | edit source]

Nevada State Library and Archives · Nevada Historical Society · University of Nev Libraries · National Archives at Riverside · National Archives at San Francisco · Family History Library

Reno and Carson City[edit | edit source]

Nevada Historical Society[edit | edit source]

1650 North Virginia Street
Reno, NV 89503
Telephone: 775-688-1190
Fax: 775-688-2917

Museums and History Administrative Offices
412 E. Musser St. Suite 2
Carson City, NV 89701
Phone: 775.687.7340

Nevada State Genealogical Society[edit | edit source]

The Nevada State Genealogical Society (NSGS) fosters and promotes interest in genealogy. Members of the Society share ideas, information, and methods on searching for data about ancestors from Nevada, the United States, and around the World. NSGS meets the third Thursday at 7:00 p.m. monthly from September through May at the Reno (Nevada) Family History Center, 4751 Neil Road. Programs at the monthly meetings explore a variety of subjects pertaining to genealogical research and promote the importance of preserving family history, documents, and photographs. Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 20666
Reno, NV 89515-0666
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The Nevada State Genealogical Society does not have a library.

Nevada State Library[edit | edit source]

The Nevada State Library, Archives & Public Records has territorial records for Carson County, Utah and Nevada Territory. A guide to these records is Marion Ellison, An Inventory and Index to the Records of Carson County, Utah and Nevada Territories, 1855-1861 (Reno, Nevada: The Grace Dangberg Foundation, 1984).

Their Digital Collections site contains the following records:

  • Territorial Census Records
  • State Land Patents
  • Prisoner Records
  • Orphans Records

Nevada State Library, Archives & Public Records
100 North Steward Street
Carson City, NV 89701-4285
Telephone: 800-922-2880 (in-state)
Fax 775-684-3311

Las Vegas[edit | edit source]

Nevada State Museum and Historical Society[edit | edit source]

700 Twin Lakes Drive
Las Vegas, NV 89107
Telephone: 702-486-5205
Fax: 702-486-5172

The State Archives program preserves the records that document the history of Nevada State government dating back to 1851. It has custody over the historical records of the territory and state as defined in state statute, representing the three branches of government: executive, legislative, and judicial. There are more than 15,000 cubic feet of territorial and state government records and over 100,000 images of Nevada people and places, providing visual information that complements the Archives' documentation of Nevada history.

University of Nevada, Las Vegas[edit | edit source]

4505 Maryland Parkway
Box 457001
Las Vegas, NV 89154-7001
Telephone: (702) 895-2286

The library has a historical section with Indexes to microfilms of historical information.

Nevada Resources in California[edit | edit source]

National Archives at San Francisco[edit | edit source]

(Serves Nevada except for Clark County)
1000 Commodore Drive
San Bruno, CA 94066-2350
Telephone: 650-876-9001
Fax: 650-876-9233

The National Archives at San Francisco, located in our San Bruno facility, has extensive microfilm holdings of value for genealogy research, including:

  • Federal population censuses for all States, 1790-1930
  • Indexes for the 1880, 1900, 1910, and 1920 censuses (indexes are not available for all census years and all states)
  • Censuses listing residents of American Samoa and Native Americans in California and Nevada
  • Records documenting the removal of Cherokees and other tribes included in Oklahoma Removal, ca. 1900
  • Passenger arrival records for the port of San Francisco
  • Indexes to naturalization records from Federal courts in Honolulu, Reno (NV) and San Francisco
  • Maritime records for San Francisco and other ports
  • Revolutionary war military service records
  • Early pension and bounty land warrant applications Galveston, Philadelphia, and San Francisco;
  • Naturalization records.

National Archives Branch, Riverside, California[edit | edit source]

(Serves Clark County, Nevada)
23123 Cojalco Road
Perris, CA 92570
Telephone: 951-956-2000
Fax: 951-956-2029
Internet: Website

The National Archives was established in 1934 by President Franklin Roosevelt, but its major holdings date back to 1775. They capture the sweep of the past: slave ship manifests and the Emancipation Proclamation; captured German records and the Japanese surrender documents from World War II; journals of polar expeditions and photographs of Dust Bowl farmers; Indian treaties making transitory promises; and a richly bound document bearing the bold signature "Bonaparte"—the Louisiana Purchase Treaty that doubled the territory of the young republic.

Nevada Online Records[edit | edit source]

Links to online databases and indexes that may include vital records, biographies, cemeteries, censuses, histories, immigration records, land records, maps, military records, naturalizations, newspapers, obituaries, or probate records.

The Mountain West Digital Library is a search portal for an aggregation of digital collections from more than 50 universities, colleges, public libraries, museums, and historical societies in Utah, Nevada, and Idaho. It is in partnership with 60 academic libraries, public libraries, museums, historical societies, cities, counties, and state agencies from Utah, Nevada, Idaho, and Hawaii (coming soon: over 60 new partners in Arizona!)