Lyon County, Nevada Genealogy

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

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Lyon County, Nevada
Map of the U.S. highlighting Nevada
Location of Nevada in the U.S.
Founded November 25, 1861
County Seat Yerington
Address Lyon County Courthouse
27 S Main Street
PO Box 816
Yerington, NV 89447
Phone: 775.577.5043
Lyon County Website

Historical Facts

Boundary Changes

Record Loss



LDS Cemetery Records

US Vol. 5 page 273 - Old Fort Churchill Cemetery (7 miles south of Silver Springs)

Dayton Cemetery Inscriptions sponsored by USGenWeb. 
Pictures of tombstones in the Dayton Cemetery.




Local Histories



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

  • Walker River-Sonora Road 1852-1854 from the Carson Trail south to the Walker River along the base of the Sierra Nevada until it ascends to Sonora Pass and then down to Strawberry and Sonora, California






Lyon County Courthouse
27 S Main Street
PO Box 816;
Yerington, NV 89447
Phone: 775.577.5043

County Recorderhas marriage and land records from 1862.
County Clerk has divorce, probate and court records from 1890. [5]

Family History Centers
  • Dayton Valley Branch Library
    321 Dayton Valley Rd
    Dayton, NV 89403
    Telephone 775-246-6212
  • Smith Valley Public Library
    20 Day Ln
    Wellington, NV 89444
    Telephone 775-465-2369
  • Central Library
    20 Nevin Way
    Yerington, NV 89447
    Telephone 775-463-6645
  • Wellington Historical Society
    P. O. Box 36
    Wellington, NV 89444


Vital Records

447 marriages from 3 Jan 1862 to 23 Nov 1887 are listed on the Western States Marriage Index.

Web Sites

  • USGenWeb project. May have maps, name indexes, history or other information for this county. Select the state, then the county.
  • Family History Library Catalog


Argo Dayton Mound House Smith Wabuska
Carson Rapids City Fernley Nordyke Stagecoach Weed Heights
Churchill Fort Churchill Pine Grove Sulfur Wellington
Como Greenville Silver City Sutro Yerington
Darwin Lux Silver Springs Talapoosa
Davis Station Mason Simpson


  1. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).
  2. National Park Service, "California Trail" (map) in California National Historic Trail at (accessed 2 August 2011).
  3. Wikipedia contributors, "First Transcontinental Railroad" in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia at (accessed 2 August 2011).
  4. Wikipedia contributors, "Central Overland Route" in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia at (accessed 4 August 2011).
  5. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Lyon County, Oregon page 442, At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.