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Nevada
Humboldt County

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


County Information

Description

The county was named the Humboldt River which John C. Fremont named after Baron Friedrich Heinrich Alexander von Humboldt, a German naturalist, traveler and statesman. It's county seat is Winnemucca and was founded 1856.[1] It is located in the northwestern area of the state.[2] During the time Nevada was part of Utah Territory, the Utah legislature created a Humboldt County, Utah in 1856 with borders partially overlapping the present-day Nevada county. Humboldt County is Nevada's oldest surviving county if the Utah version is counted. It was also one of Nevada's original nine counties created in 1861. [3]

County Courthouse

Humboldt County Courthouse
50 W 5th Street
Winnemucca, NV 89445
Phone: 775.623.6343
Humboldt County Website

County Clerk has marriage records from 1881, divorce and court records from 1863, probate records from 1900 and naturalization records from 1864.
County Recorder has land records. [4]

Humboldt 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
1887 1881 1887 1863 1861 1900 1850
* For earlier dates, try... Church | Obituaries | Cemeteries

Record Loss

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

Boundary Changes

Populated Places

The following are locations in the county:[7]

Cities
Unincorporated communites
Census-designated places

Other locations within the county:

  • Awakening
  • Bliss
  • Chinatown
  • Comus
  • Cordero
  • Daveytown
  • Denio Junction
  • Gouge Eye
  • Harveyville
  • Herrin
  • Hot Springs
  • Knight
  • Platora
  • Dyke
  • Ellison
  • Getchel
  • Preble
  • Pronto
  • Raglan
  • Red House
  • Rose Creek
  • Sulphur
  • Tule
  • Weso
  • Winnemucca


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County Facts
County seat: Winnemucca
Organized: November 25, 1861
Parent County(s): Original county[8]
Neighboring Counties
Elko  • Harney (OR)  • Lander  • Malheur (OR)  • Owyhee (ID)  • Pershing  • Washoe
See County Maps
Courthouse
building address = 50 W 5th StreetWinnemucca, NV 89445Phone: 775.623.6343Humboldt County Website
Location Map
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Adoption


History Timeline

Resources

Bible Records

Biographies

Business, Commerce, and Occupations

Cemeteries

Cemeteries of Humboldt 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 Humboldt county cemeteries.

Census Records

Historical populations
Census Pop.  %±
1860 40
1870 1,916 4690.0%
1880 3,480 81.6%
1890 3,434 −1.3%
1900 4,463 30.0%
1910 6,825 52.9%
1920 3,743 −45.2%
1930 3,795 1.4%
1940 4,743 25.0%
1950 4,838 2.0%
1960 5,708 18.0%
1970 6,375 11.7%
1980 9,434 48.0%
1990 12,844 36.1%
2000 16,106 25.4%
2010 16,528 2.6%
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. [9] A partial state census exists for Nevada in 1862 and 1863 and a full state census exists for 1875. [10] 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.[11] 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.

Church records are usually found in the towns rather than on the county level. Search the FamilySearch Catalog - Place Search

LDS Ward and Branch Records

  • Winnemucca

Court Records

The County Clerk acts as clerk to the 6th Judicial District Court, maintains the court records for the District Court.

Directories

Online Directories

Emigration and Immigration

Ethnic, Political, and Religious Groups

Funeral Homes

Genealogies

Guardianship

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, Humboldt – LAND AND PROPERTY

The County Recorder is responsible for recording, scanning/microfilming and indexing of Real Estate Transactions, Mining Claim Locations and Assessment Work, Contracts, Leases, Judgments, UCC/Fixture Filing Statements, Liens, Maps and other miscellaneous documents.

Humboldt County Recorders by Town

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.

  • Harden City (Harveyville) and the Black Rock Excitement. By Alan H. Patera. N.d. N.p: n.p. FamilySearch Books.
  • The Humboldt Range: 19th Century Mining Camps. c1995. By Alan H. Patera. Lake Grove, OR : Western Places. At various libraries(WorldCat).

Online County Histories

Maps and Gazetteers

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Migration

Early migration routes to and from Humboldt 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

Check the records for Military records. For further information see Nevada Military Records.

Naturalization and Citizenship

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Online Naturalization Records

Newspapers

For more information, see Nevada Newspapers.


Search the FamilySearch Catalog by Place Search for Humboldt, Nevada. Check the records for Newspapers. See if films are available at a local family history center. Public libraries may have copies of books or order through Interlibrary Loan.

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

Obituaries

Other Records

Periodicals

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.

Probate records for Humboldt County

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).

Sales Tax Map

Tax Records of Humboldt County

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.

Birth

Marriage

The County Recorder is responsible for the recording, scanning/microfilming and indexing of marriage certificates.

Death

Search the FamilySearch Catalog by Place Search for Humboldt County, Nevada. Check the list for Vital records. See if films are available at a local family history center.

Divorce

Research Facilities

Archives

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.

Libraries

Humboldt County Library
85 East 5th Street
Winnumucca, NV 89445
Telephone: 775-623-6388
Website

Museums

Societies

Humboldt County Genealogical Society
c/o Humboldt County Library
85 E Fifth St
Winnemucca, NV 89445

Northeastern Nevada Genealogical Society
1515 Idaho Street, Elko 89801-4021

Nevada State Genealogical Society
Mailing Address: P.O. Box 20666
Reno, NV 89515-0666
Website

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

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

Tri-State Genealogical Society
ARIZONA, CALIFORNIA, NEVADA
PO Box 21902
Bullhead City, AZ 86439
Website

Websites

  • The Humboldt GenWeb Project, a member of the NVGenWeb Project:Genealogy and Local History in Nevada (with jurisdictions for Nevada) is an affiliate of the USGenWeb Project. 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

References

  1. Genealogy Trails History Group, “Humboldt County, Nevada Genealogy and History”, http://genealogytrails.com/nev/humboldt/ accessed 3/27/2017.
  2. Wikipedia contributors, "Humboldt County," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Humboldt_County,_Nevada 3/27/2017.
  3. Wikipedia contributors, "Humboldt County," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Humboldt_County,_Nevada 3/27/2017.
  4. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Humboldt County, Oregon page 442, At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  5. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Humboldt 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.
  6. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).
  7. Wikipedia contributors, "Humboldt County, Nevada," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Humboldt_County%2C_Nevada accessed 15 March 2017.
  8. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT: Everton Publishers, 2002).
  9. William Thorndale and William Dollarhide, Map Guide to the U.S. Federal Censuses (Bountiful, UT: American Genealogical Lending Library, 1985), page 211.
  10. ’'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.
  11. William Thorndale and William Dollarhide, Map Guide to the U.S. Federal Censuses (Bountiful, UT: American Genealogical Lending Library, 1985), page 212.
  12. 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).
  13. Wikipedia contributors, "First Transcontinental Railroad" in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/First_Transcontinental_Railroad (accessed 2 August 2011).