Nye County, Nevada Genealogy

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

County Facts
County seat: Tonopah
Organized: February 16, 1864
Parent County(s): Esmeralda[1]
Neighboring Counties
Churchill  • Clark  • Esmeralda  • Eureka  • Inyo (CA)  • Lander  • Lincoln  • Mineral  • White Pine
See County Maps
Location Map

County Information[edit | edit source]

Description[edit | edit source]

The county was named in honor of James W. Nye, Governor of Nevada Territory and later United States Senator from Nevada.[2] It is located in the south-central area of the state.[3]

County Courthouse[edit | edit source]

Nye County Courthouse
101 Radar Rd
PO Box 1031
Tonopah, NV 89049-1031
Phone: 775-482-8127
Nye County Website

County Clerk has marriage, divorce, probate and court records from 1860.
County Recorder has land records.[1]

Nye 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 1860 1887 1860 1864 1860 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:[5]

Unincorporated communities
Census-designated places
  • Beatty
  • Gabbs
  • Pahrump
  • Tonopah (county seat)
Ghost towns

Other locations identified as being in this county or with different links

  • Adaven
  • Ashton
  • Barcelona Summit
  • Basic
  • Brucite
  • Bull Fork
  • Bull Frog
  • Camp Desert Rock
  • Crows Nest
  • Darroughs Hot Springs
  • Farmer Station
  • Flowers Camp
  • Gabbs
  • Golden Arrow
  • Goldyke
  • Grantsville
  • Hot Creek
  • Hot Springs
  • Jefferson
  • Johnnie
  • Labbe Camp
  • Lodi
  • Lodi Tanks
  • Manhattan
  • Manse
  • Mellan
  • Millett
  • Morey
  • Pactolus
  • Pahrump
  • Pritchards Station
  • Ralston
  • Reese River
  • San Pedros
  • Silverbow
  • Springdale
  • Steigmeyer
  • Sugar Bunk
  • Tonopah
  • Valley View
  • Washington

History Timeline[edit | edit source]

Resources[edit | edit source]

Bible Records[edit | edit source]

Listed below are resources for Bible records specific to Nye 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 Nye County, Nevada online and in print
Tombstone Transcriptions Online
Tombstone Transcriptions in Print (Often more complete)
List of Cemeteries in the County
See Nevada Cemeteries for more information

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

Census Records[edit | edit source]

Historical populations
Census Pop.
1870 1,087
1880 1,875 72.5%
1890 1,290 −31.2%
1900 1,140 −11.6%
1910 7,513 559.0%
1920 6,504 −13.4%
1930 3,989 −38.7%
1940 3,606 −9.6%
1950 3,101 −14.0%
1960 4,374 41.1%
1970 5,599 28.0%
1980 9,048 61.6%
1990 17,781 96.5%
2000 32,485 82.7%
2010 43,946 35.3%
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. [18] A partial state census exists for Nevada in 1862 and 1863 and a full state census exists for 1875. [19] 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.[20] 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.

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, Nye – 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.

  • Amargosa, Nevada. Journal Article: Western places : a chronicle of western settlement - v. 3 (1994-1995) - v. 3, no. 2 (summer 1994). At various libraries(WorldCat).
  • Bullfrog. Journal Article: Western places : a chronicle of western settlement - v. 3 (1994-1995) - v. 3, no. 2 (summer 1994). At various libraries(WorldCat).
  • Carrara and the Mining Camps of Bare Mountain. By Alan H. Patera. Journal Article: Western places : a chronicle of western settlement - v. 9, no. 1 = no. 33 (2010). At various libraries(WorldCat).
  • Funeral Mountains: Mining Camps and Mines. By Alan H. Patera. Journal Article: Western places : a chronicle of western settlement - v. 6 (1999-2002) - v. 6, no. 4 = no. 24 (2002). At various libraries(WorldCat).
  • Gold Mountain, Nevada.By Alan H. Patera. Journal Article: Western places : a chronicle of western settlement - v. 7 (2002-2004) - v. 7, no. 3 = no. 27 (2004). At various libraries(WorldCat).
  • Mud Springs Station : Nye County, Nevada. By Alan H. Patera. Journal Article: Western places : a chronicle of western settlement - v. 4 (1995-1996) - v. 4, no. 1 (spring 1995). At various libraries(WorldCat).
  • Preserving the Glory Days: Ghost Towns and Mining Camps of Nye County, Nevada. c1981. By Shawn Hall. Reno, Nevada : University of Nevada Press. Google Books; At various libraries(WorldCat).
  • The Reveille District. By Alan H. Patera. Journal Article: Western places : a chronicle of western settlement - v. 8 (2005-2008) - v. 8, no. 4 = no. 32 (2008). At various libraries(WorldCat).
  • Sagebrush Chronicles [of] Nye County. c1972. By David Basso. Sparks, Nevada : Dave's Print. & Pub. At various libraries(WorldCat).
  • Tybo, Nevada. By Alan H. Patera. Journal Article: Western places : a chronicle of western settlement - v. 2 (1993) - v. 2, no. 4 (winter 1993). At various libraries(WorldCat).

Online County Histories

Maps and Gazetteers[edit | edit source]

Churchill CountyLander CountyEureka CountyWhite Pine CountyMineral CountyEsmeralda CountyClark CountyInyo CountyLincoln CountyNV NYE.jpg
Click a neighboring county
for more resources

Migration[edit | edit source]

Military Records[edit | edit source]

Online Collections[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.

Obituaries[edit | edit source]

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 Nye 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 Nye County. For state-wide library facilities, see Nevada Archives and Libraries.

Gabbs Community Library
602 Third Street
Gabbs, NV 89409
Phone: 775-285-2686

Museums[edit | edit source]

Central Nevada Museum/Historical Society
PO Box 326
1900 Logan Field Road
Tonopah, NV 89049-0326
Email: cnmuseum@citlink.net

Societies[edit | edit source]

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

Central Nevada Historical Society
1900 Logan Field Road
PO Box 326
Tonopah, NV 89049

Clark County Nevada Genealogy Society
280 S Green Valley Pkwy
PO Box 1929
Henderson, NV 89012

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

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

Websites[edit | edit source]

  • Nye County at Cyndi's List — a comprehensive, categorized & cross-referenced list of links that point you to genealogical research sites online
  • Nye County at Genealogy Trails — volunteer transcriptions of genealogical and historical data
  • Nye County at Nevada USGenWeb - free online resources for genealogical research
  • Nye County at Nevada USGenWeb Archives - free online data for genealogical research
  • Nye County, Nevada at Linkpendium - genealogy and family history
  • Nye 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. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Nye County, Nevada page 443. At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  2. Genealogy Trails History Group, “Nye County, Nevada Genealogy and History”, http://genealogytrails.com/nev/nye/ accessed 3/27/2017.
  3. Wikipedia contributors, "Nye County," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nye_County,_Nevada 3/27/2017.
  4. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Nye County, Nevada. Page 443. 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. Wikipedia contributors, "Nye County, Nevada," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nye_County%2C_Nevada accessed 17 March 2017.
  6. "Carrara - Nevada Ghost Town". Ghosttowns.com. http://www.ghosttowns.com/states/nv/carrara.html. Retrieved 2016-01-01. 
  7. Williams 108-110
  8. U.S. Stat., vol. 9, pp. 922-943; Parry, 102: 29-59; Van Zandt, 11, 28-29; Walker and Bufkin, 19, 20A
  9. William Thorndale, and William Dollarhide, Map Guide to the U.S. Federal Censuses, 1790-1920 (Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1987), 26. At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 X2th.
  10. Original Counties of New Mexico Territory (map) at https://web.archive.org/web/20150629223153/https://www.nmgs.org/Graphics/nmcoun-orig.jpg (accessed 9 August 2011).
  11. N.M. Terr. Laws 1851, 1st assy., 2d sess. /p. 292
  12. U.S. Stat., vol. 12, ch. 56[1863]/pp. 664-665; Ariz. Terr. Laws 1864, 1st assy./ pp. vii-viii; Van Zandt, 162
  13. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).
  14. Howell Code, Ariz. Terr. Laws 1864, 1st assy., ch. 2/ pp. 24-25
  15. Arizona Territorial Laws 1865, 2d assy. pp. 19-20
  16. U.S. Stat., vol. 14, ch. 73[1866]/p. 43; Sacks, 25; Van Zandt, p. 158, 165
  17. Arizona Territorial Laws 1871, 6th assy. p. 87
  18. William Thorndale and William Dollarhide, Map Guide to the U.S. Federal Censuses (Bountiful, UT: American Genealogical Lending Library, 1985), page 211.
  19. ’'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.
  20. William Thorndale and William Dollarhide, Map Guide to the U.S. Federal Censuses (Bountiful, UT: American Genealogical Lending Library, 1985), page 212.