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Available and Lost Census Schedules

NEVADA:  Existing and Lost Federal Census Schedules[1]
  Population Schedules Vets Slave Mortal Agricu Indust Defect
1860 Jun 1 Is included in the schedules of Utah.  For Elko County - SEE St. Mary's County, UT; for Douglas, Lyon, Ormsby, and Storey counties - SEE Carson County, UT.               
1870 Jun 1 Exist for all counties.            
1880 Jun 1 Exist for all counties.         Exist     
1890 Jun 2 Lost  Exist           
1900 Jun 1 Exist for all counties.            
1910 Apr 15 Exist for all counties.            
1920 Jan 1 Exist for all counties.            
1930 Apr 1 Exist for all counties.            
1940 Public release coming in 2012            


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.

1900 Federal Census - A free Internet index and images to the 1900 United States Census can be viewed on the  FamilySearch Record Search – Pilot Site. Important additions to this census are month and year of birth of each household member, number of years married for each married person, number of children born to each mother and the number of those still living, year of immigration, and number of years in the United States.

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:

Indexed, searchable transcriptions of Nevada enumerations from 1860 through 1920 available through the Nevada State Historic Preservation Office.

Census Online:

Genealogy Today:

Access Genealogy:


Nevada Research Outline. Salt Lake City, Utah: Intellectual Reserve, Inc., Family History Department, 1998, 2001.
  1. William Thorndale and William Dollarhide, Map Guide to the U.S. Federal Censuses, 1790-1920 (Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1987), 60-67, and William Dollarhide, The Census Book: A Genealogist's Guide to Federal Census Facts, Schedules and Indexes (Bountiful, Utah: HeritageQuest, 1999), 104, and A Census of Pensioners for Revolutionary or Military Services: with Their Names, Ages, and Places of Residence, as Returned by the Marshals of the Several Judicial Districts, under the Act for Taking the Sixth Census (Washington, D.C.: Blair and Rives, 1841), 49-61. Digitized by Google Book in 2008.