Clark County, Nevada Genealogy

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Online Records

{{Infobox U.S. County | county = Clark County | county_map = | state = Nevada | state_map = Nevada.png | latd = | longd = | founded year = 1907 | founded date = April 17 | seat = Hettinger | building image = | building address = Clark County Courthouse
602 Adams Clark County Courthouse
200 S 3rd Street
Las Vegas, NV 89155-1601
Phone: 702.455.3156 

County Courthouse

Clark County Courthouse
200 S 3rd Street
Las Vegas, NV 89155-1601
Phone: 702.455.3156 

County Clerk has probate, divorce and court records;
County Recorder has marriage and land records;
County Health Department has birt and death records.[1]

Historical Facts

Parent County

  • Up until 1821 -  New Spain controlled land that later would become Arizona and Nevada. Some records of early settlers may have been sent to an archives in Seville, Spain, or to archives in Mexico City.
  • From 1821 until 1846 - Mexico had jurisdiction over the land that later would become Arizona and Nevada. Some records of this period may have been sent to archives in Mexico City.
  • From 1846 to 1863 - New Mexico Territory included land that later would become Arizona and southern Nevada.
  • In 1852 - New Mexico Territory set up counties that stretched east and west from the Texas border to the California border, including land that became Arizona and southern Nevada. Present-day Clark County, Nevada was once part of Taos, and Rio Arriba, Santa Ana, Bernalillo, and Valencia counties of New Mexico.[2] [3] There is a small chance that a few records from 1846 to 1963 may  have been sent to courthouses in their respective New Mexico counties.
  • 29 December 1863 Arizona's three judicial districts were established by the Arizona Territory Organic Act from the western half of New Mexico Territory.[4] All previous counties were dissolved, and eventually four new counties were created in the new Arizona Territory.
  • By November 1864 Mohave County was created by the Arizona legislature as an original county from parts of the 2nd and 3rd Judicial Districts. A part of the 2nd Judicial District eventually became Clark County, Nevada.[4] Some records from 1863 to 1871 may have been sent to the Mohave County, Arizona offices.
  • 22 December 1865 Pah-Ute County was created by Arizona from part of Mohave County.[5] Some records from 1865 to 1871 may have been sent to the Pah-Ute County offices. When part of Pah-Ute County was given to Nevada those records were probably transferred to either Mohave County, Arizona, or to Lincoln or Nye counties in Nevada.
  • 18 January 1867 Pah-Ute County, and Mohave County, Arizona Territory west of the Colorado River and west of 114° west longitude were given to Nevada by the U.S. Congress. This area became the southern part of Lincoln, and Nye counties, and eventually Clark County, in Nevada.[5] In 1871, after many petitions Arizona ceased to claim this land.

1909--Clark County was created 5 February 1909 from Lincoln County. County seat: Las Vegas.[1]

Boundary Changes

Record Loss


Populated Places

Amber Cactus Springs Glendale Moapa Valley Sandy Valley
Apex Cal-Nev-Ari Goodsprings Mount Charleston Searchlight
Arden Carver Park Henderson Mountain Springs Sloan
Arrolime Desert View Point Indian Springs Nelson Spring Valley
Arrowhead Dike Jackman North Las Vegas Stewarts Point
Bard Dry Lake Jean Overton Ute
Blue Diamond East Las Vegas Las Vegas Paradise Valley
Bonnie Springs Echo Bay Laughlin Primm Wann
Borax Enterprise Logandale Ripley Whitney
Boulder City Erie Lovell Riverside Winchester
Boulder Junction Farrier Mesquite Roach
Bracken Garnet Moapa Saint Thomas
Bunkerville Glassand Moapa Town Sandy

Neighboring Counties



Funeral homes:




LDS Ward and Branch Records

  • Boulder City
  • Bunkerville
  • Charleston (Las Vegas)
  • Henderson
  • Las Vegas 1
  • Las Vegas 2
  • Logandale
  • Mesquite
  • Overton
  • St. Thomas







Early migration routes to and from Clark County, Nevada Genealogy for emigrant settlers included:




Vital Records



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

Family History Centers

Web Sites


  1. 1.0 1.1 Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), 442-43 Clark, Lincoln, and Nye counties. At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  2. William Thorndale, and William Dollarhide, Map Guide to the U.S. Federal Censuses, 1790-1920 (Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1987), 26. At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 X2th.
  3. Original Counties of New Mexico Territory (map) at (accessed 9 August 2011).
  4. 4.0 4.1 Wikipedia contributors, "1st Arizona Territorial Legislature" in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia at (accessed 8 August 2011).
  5. 5.0 5.1 Wikipedia contriutors, "Pah-Ute County, Arizona" in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia at,_Arizona (accessed 8 August 2011).
  6. "The Pioneer Story: The Mormon Pioneer Trail" in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints at (accessed 18 July 2011).
  7. "Jefferson Hunt" in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia at (accessed 6 September 2011).
  8. Wikipedia contributors, "Union Pacific Railroad" in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia at (accessed 14 September 2011).