Nevada Census

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1870-1930--The Family History Library has the U.S. federal censuses of Nevada .Many federal census records are at the Family History Library, the National Archives, and other federal and state archives.

 1870 United States Census---A free internet index and images can be viewed on FamilySearch Record Pilot site. This index includes the full name, age, sex, race, birthplace, occupation, month if born in census year, month if married in census year, birth place of father and mother, if born in a foreign country.

1880 United States Census– A Free Internet Index and Images to the US Census can be viewed on the Family Search Record Pilot – Pilot Site. This index includes an every name index to population schedules listing inhabitants. It includes the full name, race, sex, age, birth month (if born during the previous year), relationship to head of household, whether married, single or divorced, whether married during the previous year, country or state of birth of each person and his parent’s, occupation and street address and house number.

1890--Census was destroyed, but the 1890 Union veterans schedule and index are available at the Family History Library.

Historical Background

1848--Nevada was part of the area ceded by Mexico to the United States.

1850--When Utah Territory was organized, almost all of present-day Nevada was included except the southern tip, which wsa then part of the New Mexico Territory.

1861--Congress created Nevada Territory.  In 1862 the territory was enlarged by shifting the eastern boundary.

1863--Nevada became a state.  In 1866 and 1867 more easter land was gained from Utah Territory, and the southern tip was acquired from Arizona Territory.


1870, 1880, and 1910--Census indexes are available for the  censuses in book, microfilm, and microfiche.

1900, 1920, 1930--Soundex (phonetic) indexes are on microfilm.

Special Censuses

Mortality Schedules

1870-1880--The mortality schedules are at the Nevada Historical Society. 

1870-1880--The Family History Library has indexes to the mortality schedules.

State Censuses

Territorial and State The 1850 and 1860 federal censuses and the 1850 and 1860 mortality schedules for Utah Territory include present-day Nevada. The Family History Library has copies of the schedules and the indexes to them.

Copies of an 1862 territorial census are available at the Nevada Historical Society, the Nevada State Library and Archives. This census includes Douglas, Lyon, Ormsby, Storey, and Washoe counties, and part of Humboldt County. The schedules have been filmed and are available at several Nevada repositories. The information in this census varies with each county.

The Nevada State Library and Archives also has a census for Lander County for 1863.

The 1875 state census and index are available at the Nevada State Library and Archives, University of Nevada—Reno and the Nevada Historical Society. The Family History Library has a copy of the schedules for 14 counties (Family History Library Fiche 6016536-53) and a microfiche index.

Territorial Censuses

Web Sites


Heritage Quest Online:

Census Online:

Genealogy Today:

Access Genealogy:


Nevada Research Outline. Salt Lake City, Utah: Intellectual Reserve, Inc., Family History Department, 1998, 2001.