Carson County, Nevada Genealogy

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United States Gotoarrow.png Nevada Gotoarrow.png Carson County

Organized 17 January 1854[1] as part of Utah Territory. Carson County was created from the far western parts of Weber, Desert, Tooele, Juab, Millard, and Iron counties. It was enlarged in 1856, then discontinued in 1857. It was reorganized as part of Utah in 1859, but the local citizens rejected that effort and association with Utah. This county included all of present-day Nevada between 118° and 120° west longitude. It may also have included the Great Basin parts of eastern California.[2]

Utah Territory's old 1856 counties are named in orange. Present-day Nevada counties are outlined in white.
Carson County was discontinued 2 March 1861 when Nevada Territory was created. It became part of Churchill, Douglas, Esmerelda, Humboldt, Lyon, Mineral, Ormsby, Pershing, Storey, and Washoe counties, and Carson City (independent city).[3] [4]

For records of Carson County, see:

  • 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.


  1. "Chart of County Formation in Utah" in Division of Archives and Records Service at (accessed 11 August 2011).
  2. Deon C. Greer, Atlas of Utah ((Ogden), Utah : Weber State College, 1981), 162, 164. WorldCat entry. FHL Q Book 979.2 E7a.
  3. "Counties of Nevada" in Nevada History: a Walk in the Past at (accessed 7 August 2011).
  4. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), 442. WorldCat entry. FHL Book 973 D274 2002.