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*'''Parent County:''' created 26 February 1866 from [[Nye County, Nevada|Nye]]  
*'''Parent County:''' created 26 February 1866 from [[Nye County, Nevada|Nye]]  
*'''County Seat:''' Pioche <ref name="HBG">Sam P. Davis, editor, ''The History of Nevada'', vol. 1 (Reno, Nevada: Elms Publishing Co., 1913), 212-13.</ref>  
*'''County Seat:''' Pioche <ref name="HBG">Sam P. Davis, editor, ''The History of Nevada'', vol. 1 (Reno, Nevada: Elms Publishing Co., 1913), 212-13.</ref>  
*'''Neighboring Counties:''' [[Clark County, Nevada|Clark]] | [[Nye County, Nevada|Nye]] | [[White Pine County, Nevada|White Pine]] | [[Beaver County, Utah|Beaver County, Utah]] | [[Iron County, Utah|Iron County, Utah]] | [[Millard County, Utah|Millard County, Utah]] | [[Washington County, Utah|Washington County, Utah]] | [[Mohave County, Arizona|Mohave County, Arizona]]
*'''Neighboring Counties:''' [[Clark County, Nevada|Clark NV]] | [[Nye County, Nevada|Nye NV]] | [[White Pine County, Nevada|White Pine NV]] | [[Beaver County, Utah|Beaver County UT]] | [[Iron County, Utah|Iron County UT]] | [[Millard County, Utah|Millard County UT]] | [[Washington County, Utah|Washington County UT]] | [[Mohave County, Arizona|Mohave County AZ]]
'''Historical Timeline'''  
'''Historical Timeline'''  

Revision as of 04:18, 9 August 2014

Guide to Lincoln County Nevada genealogy. Birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.

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Lincoln County, Nevada
Map of Nevada highlighting Lincoln County
Location in the state of Nevada
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Location of Nevada in the U.S.
Founded February 26, 1866
County Seat Pioche
181 Main Street
Pioche, Nevada 89043
Phone: 775-962-5390
Lincoln County Website

Historical Facts

Beginning dates for major county records
* For earlier dates, try... Church | Obituaries | Cemeteries

Historical Timeline

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.

Record Loss




  • Find A Grave.com has burial information for the following Lincoln County cemeteries: Alamo, Barclay, Bullionville, Caliente City, Castle Family, Conway Veterans Memeorial, Davidson Family, Delmar Catholic, Delmar Helene, Hackett Family, Hiko Area, Hiko, Panaca Memorial Park, Pioche Boot Hill, Pioche Catholic, Pioche Masonic, Pioche Public, Rachel, Richardville, Schofield, Spring Valley, and Woodworth.

  • BillionGraves has photos, transcriptions, and Google maps of the following cemeteries: Saint Laurence Catholic Cemetery
Lincoln County Cemeteries
Alamo Cemetery
Alamo, Nevada 89001
Barclay Cemetery
Boot Hill Cemetery
Pioche, Nevada 89043
Bullionville Cemetery
Highway 93
Caliente City Cemetery
Cemetery Road
Caliente, Nevada 89008
Conways Veteran Memorial Cemetery
Cemetery Road
Caliente, Nevada 89008
Delmar Catholic Cemetery
Delmar, Nevada
Delmar-Helene Cemetery
Fay Cemetery
Deer Lodge Canyon
Hackett Cemetery
Deer Lodge Canyon
Hollinger-Hammond Cemetery
Ursine, Nevada
I.O.O.F. Cemetery
Cemetery Road
Caliente, Nevada 89008
I.O.O.F. Cemetery
Pioche, Nevada 89043
Panaca Memorial Cemetery
Panaca, Nevada
Pioche Masonic Cemetery
Pioche, Nevada 89043
Pioche Public Cemetery
Pioche, Nevada 89043
Rachel Cemetery
Rachel, Nevada
Richardville Cemetery
Richardville, Nevada
Schofield Cemetery
Nevada State Route 318
Hiko, Nevada 89017
Spring Valley Cemetery
Stateline Canyon, Nevada
St. Lawrence Catholic Cemetery
Pioche, Nevada 89043
Ursine Cemetery
Ursine, Nevada
Woodworth Cemetery


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

FamilySearch Record Search

For more information about Nevada census records, see the Nevada Census records page available on the FamilySearch Wiki.

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


Emigration and Immigration

Ethnic, Political or Religious Groups




Land and Property

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
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.




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



  • 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.

Additional newspapers abstracts can sometimes be found using search phrases such as Lincoln County, Nevada Genealogy newspapers in online catalogs like:



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.

Public Records



Lincoln County Courthouse
181 Main Street
Pioche, Nevada 89043
Hours: M-F 9am-5pm

County Clerk has marriage, divorce, probate, court and land records from 1873 [1]

Family History Centers

Introduction to LDS Family History Centers

  • Caliente Branch Library
    100 Depot Avenue
    Caliente, Nevada 89008
    Phone: 775-726-3104
  • Alamo Branch Library
    100 South First West
    Alamo, Nevada 89001
    Phone: 775-725-3343
  • Lincoln County Library
    63 Main Street
    Pioche, Nevada 89043
    Phone: 775-962-5244
    Hours: M,T,Th 10am-3pm; W 1pm-6pm
  • Lincoln County Historical Museum
    69 Main Street
    Pioche, Nevada 89043
    Phone: 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
    Phone: 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.


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.




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  2. Williams 108-110
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  4. 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].
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  12. Arizona Territorial Laws 1871, 6th assy. p. 87
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