Bernalillo County, Nevada Genealogy

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In theory the southern tip of present-day Nevada[1] was part of Bernalillo County, New Mexico from its creation in New Mexico in 1852 until 29 December 1863 when it became part of the 3rd Judicial District of Arizona Territory.

  • 1852 Bernalillo County, New Mexico Territory created as an original county from an old Mexican partido. In theory it extended west to the California border[2]
  • 29 December 1863 Arizona's three judicial districts were established by Arizona Territory Organic Act from part of New Mexico Territory[3]
  • By November 1864 Mohave County created by the Arizona legislature as an original county from parts of the 2nd and 3rd Judicial Districts. The 3rd District part eventually became part of Nevada[3]
  • 22 December 1865 Pah-Ute County created by Arizona from part of Mohave County[4]
  • 18 January 1867 Pah-Ute County, and Mohave County, Arizona Territory west of the Colorado River and west of 114° west longitude was given to Nevada by the U.S. Congress. This area became Clark County, and the southern part of Lincoln and Nye counties in Nevada.[4]

There is little chance someone as far away as Nevada would take the trouble to go to New Mexico to conduct their county business. It is unlikely any records of people living in Nevada are actually found in Bernalillo County records.


  1. Marion Ellison, An inventory and index to the records of Carson County, Utah and Nevada Territories, 1855-1861 (Reno, Nevada : Grace Dangberg Foundation, 1984). WorldCat entry. FHL Book 979.3 R2e.
  2. Wikipedia contributors, "Bernalillo County, New Mexico" in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia at,_New_Mexico (accessed 8 August 2011).
  3. 3.0 3.1 Wikipedia contributors, "1st Arizona Territorial Legislature" in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia at (accessed 8 August 2011).
  4. 4.0 4.1 Wikipedia contriutors, "Pah-Ute County, Arizona" in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia at,_Arizona (accessed 8 August 2011).