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 Facts
County seat: Minden
Organized: November 25, 1861
Parent County(s): Original county[1]
Neighboring Counties
Alpine (CA)  • El Dorado (CA)  • Lyon  • Mono (CA)  • Placer (CA)  • Carson City (Independent City)
See County Maps
Location Map

County Information


The county was named for Stephen A. Douglas, famous for his 1860 Presidential campaign debates with Abraham Lincoln.[2] It is located in the northwestern area of the state.[3]

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. [4]

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[5]
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

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:[7]

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

    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

    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.

    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: "".

    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


    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

    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


    For more information, see Nevada Newspapers.

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


    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 branches:
    • 1470 Albite Rd
      Gardnerville, NV 89410
      Phone: 775-266-2508
    • 1625 Library Ln
      Minden, NV 89423
      Phone: 775-782-9841



    • Carson Valley Historical Society
      Main St
      P. O. Box 165
      Genoa, NV 89411
      Phone: 775-782-4235
    • Douglas County Historical Society
      Carson Valley Museum and Cultural Center
      1477 U. S. Highway 395 N, Suite B
      Gardnerville, NV 8941
      Phone: 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
      Phone: 775-688-1190
      Fax: 775-688-2917
    • Tri-State Genealogical Society
      For Arizona, California, Nevada
      PO Box 21902
      Bullhead City, AZ 86439


    • Douglas County NVGenWeb Part of the USGenWeb project. May have maps, name indexes, history or other information for this county.
    • Nevada Genealogy Network
    • 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. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT: Everton Publishers, 2002).
    2. Genealogy Trails History Group, “Douglas County, Nevada Genealogy and History”, accessed 3/27/2017.
    3. Wikipedia contributors, "Douglas County," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia,,_Nevada 3/27/2017.
    4. 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.
    5. Alice Eichholz, ed. Ancestry’s Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources, Third ed. (Provo, Utah: Ancestry, 2004), 428.
    6. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).
    7. Wikipedia contributors, "Douglas County, Nevada," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, accessed 1 November 2016.
    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).