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Nevada
Lincoln County

Guide to Lincoln 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 for Abraham Lincoln, 16th President of the United States in 1866.[1] It's county seat is Pioche and was founded 1866. It is located in the southeastern area of the state.[2]

County Courthouse

Lincoln County Courthouse
181 Main Street
Pioche, Nevada 89043
Phone: 775-962-5390
Lincoln County Website
Hours: M-F 9am-5pm

County Clerk has marriage, divorce, probate, court and land records from 1873 [3]

Lincoln 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
1887 1873 1887 1873 1873 1873 1850
* For earlier dates, try... Church | Obituaries | Cemeteries

Record Loss

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

Boundary Changes

Lincoln County boundaries were modified on three other occasions. In 1867, a portion of the western edge of Lincoln County was ceded to Nye County. In 1875, the northern boundary was adjusted following the acquisition of the northeast corner of Nye County. But the largest boundary adjustment occurred in the year 1909, when Lincoln County was split in half and Clark County was formed from the southern half.

Populated Places

The following are locations in the county:[6]

Cities
Unincorporated communites
Census-designated places
Ghost towns

Planned development

Ghost Towns

List of Ghost Towns in Nevada

A selected list, previously posted on this page:

  • Acoma
  • Angle City
  • Atlanta
  • Big Trees
  • Boyd
  • Bristol Well
  • Brown
  • Bullionville
  • Caselton
  • Cold Spring
  • Crossroads
  • Delmar
  • Eberhardt
  • Eccles
  • Flat Nose
  • Galt
  • Groom Lake
  • Helene
  • Horseshoe Bend
  • Hoya
  • Indian Cove
  • Islen
  • Jackrabbit
  • Joseco
  • Kyle
  • Logan City
  • Mendha
  • Mud Springs
  • Ninemile Rocks
  • Pony Springs
  • Prince
  • Rose Valley
  • Rox
  • Stine
  • Strawberry Hill
  • Sundown
  • Tempiute


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County Facts
County seat: Pioche
Organized: February 26, 1866
Parent County(s): Nye[7]
Neighboring Counties
Clark  • Nye  • White Pine  • Beaver (UT)  • Iron (UT)  • Millard (UT)  • Washington (UT)  • Mohave (AZ)
See County Maps
Courthouse
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Location Map
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Adoption


History Timeline

Resources

Bible Records

Biographies

Business, Commerce, and Occupations

Cemeteries

Cemeteries of Lincoln 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 Lincoln county cemeteries.

Census Records

Historical populations
Census Pop.  %±
1870 2,985
1880 2,637 −11.7%
1890 2,466 −6.5%
1900 3,284 33.2%
1910 3,489 6.2%
1920 2,287 −34.5%
1930 3,601 57.5%
1940 4,130 14.7%
1950 3,837 −7.1%
1960 2,431 −36.6%
1970 2,557 5.2%
1980 3,732 46.0%
1990 3,775 1.2%
2000 4,165 10.3%
2010 5,345 28.3%
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. [21] A partial state census exists for Nevada in 1862 and 1863 and a full state census exists for 1875. [22] 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.[23] For links to Federal Census indexes, see Nevada Census.

Transcriptions of many Lincoln County federal census records are available online as part of The USGenWeb Project. Click on the links below to search a particular census.

1870 Census | 1880 Census | 1880 Mortality Schedules | 1890 Special Census | 1900 Census | 1900 Indian 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.

LDS Ward and Branch Records

  • Alamo
  • Caliente
  • Panaca
  • Pioche

Court Records

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, Lincoln – LAND AND PROPERTY

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Lincoln County Courthouse
Recorder/Auditor
181 Main Street
Pioche, Nevada 89043
Phone: 775-962-5495
Hours: M-F 8am-5pm; Closed on legal holidays

Record Highlights: Real estate deeds, mortgages, mining deeds and notices, maps, and early vital records (births, marriages, and deaths). Note, only births and deaths prior to 1911 are accessible to the public. Researchers can also access bound volumes of early Lincoln County newspapers, such as the Pioche Daily Record, 1872-1876.

On-site researchers can obtain photocopies of documents from the recorder's office. Photocopying cost have been set at $1.00 per page. Researchers are also allowed to take digital photographs of documents, however, a $1.00 fee is assessed for each photograph taken.

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.

Online County Histories

Maps and Gazetteers

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Migration

Early migration routes to and from Lincoln 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

Newspapers

For more information, see Nevada Newspapers.


  • The Lincoln County Record is the official newspaper of Lincoln County. It is published weekly every Thursday. The paper's roots trace back to the early 1870s. Over the course of its history, the paper has been known by several titles: The Ely Record,1870-1872; Pioche Daily Record, 1872-1876; Pioche Weekly Record, 1877-1900; Lincoln County Record, 1900-1905; Pioche Weekly Record, 1906-1908; Pioche Daily Record, 1908-1925; Lincoln County Record, 1925-1932; Pioche Record, 1932-1968; and since 1968, the newspaper has been titled the Lincoln County Record.

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.

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.

Birth

Marriage

Death

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

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Caliente Branch Library
100 Depot Avenue
Caliente, Nevada 89008
Telephone: 775-726-3104

Alamo Branch Library
100 South First West
Alamo, Nevada 89001
Telephone: 775-725-3343

Lincoln County Library
63 Main Street
Pioche, Nevada 89043
Telephone: 775-962-5244
Hours: M,T,Th 10am-3pm; W 1pm-6pm

Museums

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Lincoln County Historical Museum
69 Main Street
Pioche, Nevada 89043
Telephone: 775-962-5207
Hours: Daily 10am-1pm and 2pm-4pm; Closed major holidays
Admission: Free

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Million Dollar Courthouse
25 Lacour Street
Pioche, Nevada 89043
Telephone: 775-962-5182
Hours: Open April to October 10am-4pm
Admission: Free

Record highlights: The museum houses several early original record volumes including tax records, license books, school ledgers, deed indexes, and more. Of particular interest is the grantor/grantee index to Lincoln County Deeds, 1871-1873. These records, for whatever reason, are not included in the master deed index found at the Lincoln County Courthouse.

For a brief history of the "Million Dollar Courthouse," see the Lincoln County Courthouse entry found in the Online Nevada Encyclopedia.

Societies

Lincoln County Historical Society
P.O. Box 515
Pioche, NV 89043

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

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

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

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

Websites

Research Guides

References

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  2. Wikipedia contributors, "Lincoln County," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lincoln_County,_Nevada 3/27/2017.
  3. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Lincoln County, Oregon page 442, At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  4. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Lincoln 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.
  5. Sam P. Davis, editor, The History of Nevada, vol. 1 (Reno, Nevada: Elms Publishing Co., 1913), 212-13.
  6. Wikipedia contributors, "Lincoln County, Nevada," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lincoln_County%2C_Nevada accessed 16 March 2017.
  7. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT: Everton Publishers, 2002).
  8. Williams 108-110
  9. U.S. Stat., vol. 9, pp. 922-943; Parry, 102: 29-59; Van Zandt, 11, 28-29; Walker and Bufkin, 19, 20A
  10. William Thorndale, and William Dollarhide, Map Guide to the U.S. Federal Censuses, 1790-1920 (Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1987), 26. [http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/69672637/editions At various libraries (WorldCat)]; [https://familysearch.org/search/catalog/545087 FHL Book 973 X2th].
  11. Original Counties of New Mexico Territory (map) at http://www.nmgs.org/Graphics/nmcoun-orig.jpg (accessed 9 August 2011).
  12. N.M. Terr. Laws 1851, 1st assy., 2d sess. /p. 292
  13. U.S. Stat., vol. 12, ch. 56[1863]/pp. 664-665; Ariz. Terr. Laws 1864, 1st assy./ pp. vii-viii; Van Zandt, 162
  14. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).
  15. Howell Code, Ariz. Terr. Laws 1864, 1st assy., ch. 2/ pp. 24-25
  16. Arizona Territorial Laws 1865, 2d assy. pp. 19-20
  17. U.S. Stat., vol. 14, ch. 73[1866]/p. 43; Sacks, 25; Van Zandt, p. 158, 165
  18. Arizona Territorial Laws 1871, 6th assy. p. 87
  19. Utah Terr. Laws 1872, 20th session, ch. 19, sec. 2, p. 28
  20. Greer, 162
  21. William Thorndale and William Dollarhide, Map Guide to the U.S. Federal Censuses (Bountiful, UT: American Genealogical Lending Library, 1985), page 211.
  22. ’'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.
  23. William Thorndale and William Dollarhide, Map Guide to the U.S. Federal Censuses (Bountiful, UT: American Genealogical Lending Library, 1985), page 212.
  24. "The Pioneer Story: The Mormon Pioneer Trail" in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints at http://lds.org/gospellibrary/pioneer/pioneerstory.htm (accessed 18 July 2011).
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