Douglas County, Nevada Genealogy

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Douglas County

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

County Information


The county was named for Stephen A. Douglas, famous for his 1860 Presidential campaign debates with Abraham Lincoln.[1] It is located in the northwestern area of the state.[2]

County Courthouse

Douglas County Courthouse
1594 Esmeralda Ave Rm 105
Minden, NV 89423-0218
Phone: 775.782.9014
Douglas County Website

County Clerk has marriage, divorce, probate and court records. [3]

Douglas County, Nevada Record Dates

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
1885 1862 1887 1887 1855 1887 1850
Statewide registration for births and deaths started in 1911. General compliance year is unknown.

Record Loss

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

Boundary Changes

Populated Places

The following are locations in the county:[6]

There are no incorporated towns or cities in Douglas County. The following communities are census-designated places, or un-incorporated communities, meaning population and demographic data is available from the U.S. Census Bureau for each one.

Unincorporated communities
  • Jack's Valley
  • Lake Village
  • Lincoln Park
  • Mottsville
  • Mountain House
    • Ranchos
    • Sheridan
    • Spooner Junction
    • Summit Village
    • Tahoe Village
    Census-designated places

    See also

    County Facts
    County seat: Minden
    Organized: November 25, 1861
    Parent County(s): Original county[7]
    Neighboring Counties
    Alpine (CA)  • El Dorado (CA)  • Lyon  • Mono (CA)  • Placer (CA)  • Carson City (Independent City)
    See County Maps
    Location Map

    History Timeline


    Bible Records


    Business, Commerce, and Occupations


    Cemeteries of Douglas 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 Douglas county cemeteries.

    Census Records

    Historical populations
    Census Pop.  %±
    1870 1,215
    1880 1,581 30.1%
    1890 1,551 −1.9%
    1900 1,534 −1.1%
    1910 1,895 23.5%
    1920 1,825 −3.7%
    1930 1,840 0.8%
    1940 2,056 11.7%
    1950 2,029 −1.3%
    1960 3,481 71.6%
    1970 6,882 97.7%
    1980 19,421 182.2%
    1990 27,637 42.3%
    2000 41,259 49.3%
    2010 46,997 13.9%
    Source: "".

    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. [8] A partial state census exists for Nevada in 1862 and 1863 and a full state census exists for 1875. [9] See links listed below.

    State and Territory Census Records

    Federal Census Records

    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.[10] For links to Federal Census indexes, see Nevada Census.

    Church Records

    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.

    Court Records


    Online Directories

    Emigration and Immigration

    Ethnic, Political, and Religious Groups

    Funeral Homes



    Land and Property Records

    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, Douglas – LAND AND PROPERTY

    Online Land Records

    For more information see Nevada Land and Property

    Local Histories

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

    Maps and Gazetteers

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

    Military Records

    Online Collections

    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

    Online Naturalization Records


    For more information, see Nevada Newspapers.

    • ($) has a collection of digitized Reno newspapers going back to 1870. This database is sometimes free at libraries.

    Nevada Newspapers Online

    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


    Other Records


    Probate Records

    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

    Tax Records

    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

    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.





    Research Facilities


    Family History Centers

    Family History Centers provide one-on-one assistance and free access to premium genealogical websites. In addition, many centers have free how-to genealogy classes.


    Douglas County Public Library
    1470 Albite Rd
    Gardnerville, NV 89410
    Telephone;: 775-266-2508

    Douglas County Public Library
    1625 Library Ln
    Minden, NV 89423
    Telephone: 775-782-9841



    Carson Valley Historical Society
    Main St
    P. O. Box 165
    Genoa, Nevada 89411
    Telephone: 775-782-4235

    Douglas County Historical Society
    Carson Valley Museum and Cultural Center
    1477 U. S. Highway 395 N, Suite B
    Gardnerville, Nevada 8941
    Telephone: 775-782-2555
    Fax: 775-783-8802

    Nevada State Genealogical Society
    P.O. Box 20666
    Reno, NV 89515-0666

    Clark County Nevada Genealogy Society
    PO Box 1929
    Las Vegas, NV 89125-1929

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

    Tri-State Genealogical Society
    PO Box 21902
    Bullhead City, AZ 86439

    Random Acts of Genealogical Kindness (RAOGK) Nevada Genealogy Network


    • Douglas County NVGenWeb Part of the USGenWeb project. May have maps, name indexes, history or other information for this county.
    • 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


    1. Genealogy Trails History Group, “Douglas County, Nevada Genealogy and History”, accessed 3/27/2017.
    2. Wikipedia contributors, "Douglas County," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia,,_Nevada 3/27/2017.
    3. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Douglas County, Oregon page 442, At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
    4. 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, "Douglas County, Nevada," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, accessed 1 November 2016.
    7. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT: Everton Publishers, 2002).
    8. William Thorndale and William Dollarhide, Map Guide to the U.S. Federal Censuses (Bountiful, UT: American Genealogical Lending Library, 1985), page 211.
    9. ’'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.
    10. William Thorndale and William Dollarhide, Map Guide to the U.S. Federal Censuses (Bountiful, UT: American Genealogical Lending Library, 1985), page 212.
    11. National Park Service, "California Trail" (map) in California National Historic Trail at (accessed 2 August 2011).
    12. Wikipedia contributors, "Central Overland Route" in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia at (accessed 4 August 2011).