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''[[United States|United States]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[Utah]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[Rio_Virgin_County,_Utah|Rio Virgin County]]''  
 
''[[United States|United States]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[Utah]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[Rio_Virgin_County,_Utah|Rio Virgin County]]''  
  
Rio Virgin County (or Rio Virgen) was a former county of [[Utah]] from 1869 to 1872. It was created by Utah territory, but only a small bit of Rio Virgin county was in Utah. It mostly covered land in [[Nevada]], with also a little bit in [[Arizona]]. Rio Virgin county was meant to serve the residents of [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mesquite,_Nevada Mesquite], [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/St._Thomas,_Nevada St. Thomas], [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bunkerville,_Nevada Bunkerville] and other nearby towns which Utah wanted to keep within its influence.<ref name="HBG">''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed.'' (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), 687. {{WorldCat|50140092|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}. {{FHL|1049485|item|disp=FHL Book 973 D274 2002}}.</ref>&nbsp;<ref name="CCFU">"Chart of County Formation in Utah" in ''Division of Archives and Records Service'' at http://archives.utah.gov/research/guides/county-formation.htm (accessed 11 August 2011).</ref>  
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Rio Virgin County (or Rio Virgen) was a former county of [[Utah]] from 1869 to 1872. It was created by Utah Territory, but only a small bit of Rio Virgin county was actually in Utah. It mostly covered land outside of Utah in [[Nevada]]&nbsp;and&nbsp;[[Arizona]], which also lay claim to the land.<ref name="HBG">''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed.'' (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), 687. {{WorldCat|50140092|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}. {{FHL|1049485|item|disp=FHL Book 973 D274 2002}}.</ref>&nbsp;<ref name="CCFU">"Chart of County Formation in Utah" in ''Division of Archives and Records Service'' at http://archives.utah.gov/research/guides/county-formation.htm (accessed 11 August 2011).</ref>
  
*18 January 1867 - The US federal government moved the western boundary of Utah territory east and gave that land to Nevada.<ref>U.S. Stat., vol. 14, ch. 73[1866]/p. 43; Sacks, 25; Van Zandt, p. 158, 165</ref> Utah opposed this loss of land by trying several legal initatives.
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*18 January 1867 - The US federal government transferred the northwest corner of Arizona Territory to Nevada. <ref>U.S. Stat., vol. 14, ch. 73[1866]/p. 43; Sacks, 25; Van Zandt, p. 158, 165</ref> Nevada used the land to increase Lincoln County and Nye County. Arizona opposed loosing this land, twice petitioned Congress for repeal of the law. Utah also opposed this transfer of land
*18 February 1869 - Utah created Rio Virgin county.<ref>Utah Terr. Laws 1869, 18th session, ch. 10, p. 7</ref>  
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*18 February 1869 - Utah created Rio Virgin County.<ref>Utah Terr. Laws 1869, 18th session, ch. 10, p. 7</ref> It was meant to serve the residents of [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mesquite,_Nevada Mesquite], [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/St._Thomas,_Nevada St. Thomas], [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bunkerville,_Nevada Bunkerville] and other nearby towns which Utah wanted to keep within its influence. The US federal government surveyed the land, which showed Rio Virgin County was mostly in Nevada, with some in Pah-Ute County, Arizona and a small part in Utah.<ref name="AU">Deon C. Greer, ''Atlas of Utah'' (Ogden, Utah: Utah State College, 1981), 162 and 164. {{WorldCat|7463447|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}. {{FHL|96665|item|disp=FHL Q Book 979.2 E7a}}.</ref>  
*The US federal government surveyed the land, which showed Rio Virgin County was mostly in present-day Nevada, with a little bit in Arizona and Utah.<ref name="AU">Deon C. Greer, ''Atlas of Utah'' (Ogden, Utah: Utah State College, 1981), 162 and 164. {{WorldCat|7463447|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}. {{FHL|96665|item|disp=FHL Q Book 979.2 E7a}}.</ref>  
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*16 February 1872 - Utah discontinued Rio Virgin County, finally accepting the transfer after exhausting all legal remedies.<ref>Utah Terr. Laws 1872, 20th session, ch. 19, sec. 2, p. 28</ref> <ref name="CCFU" /> The tiny bit of Rio Virgin County actually in Utah was restored to Washington County.<ref>Greer, 162</ref>
*16 February 1872 - Utah accepted the change as all legal recourse had been exhasted and discontinued Rio Virgin County.<ref>Utah Terr. Laws 1872, 20th session, ch. 19, sec. 2, p. 28</ref> <ref name="CCFU" />  
 
*The tiny bit of this county actually in Utah was restored to Washington County.<ref>Greer, 162</ref>
 
  
Records for Rio Virgin County, Utah Territory may be found in the following counties due to transfer, creation, or re-recording:
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Records for Rio Virgin County, Utah Territory may be found in [[Washington County, Utah]] Some records may also be found in [[Mohave County, Arizona]] (holding records of discontinued [[Pah-Ute County, Arizona]]). Also check in [[Lincoln County, Nevada]] and [[Nye County, Nevada]].
 
 
:*[[Washington County, Utah]]  
 
:*[[Mohave County, Arizona]] (also holding records of [[Pah-Ute County, Arizona]])  
 
:*[[Lincoln County, Nevada]]  
 
:*[[Nye County, Nevada|Nye County, Nevada]]<br>
 
 
 
For records of Rio Virgin County see also:
 
  
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For records of Rio Virgin County see:
 
:*[[Utah Archives and Libraries#Utah_State_Archives_and_Record_Service|Utah State Archives]] ''may'' have a few records from the Utah Territory's Rio Virgin County courts and deeds.
 
:*[[Utah Archives and Libraries#Utah_State_Archives_and_Record_Service|Utah State Archives]] ''may'' have a few records from the Utah Territory's Rio Virgin County courts and deeds.
  
 
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See also [[Previous Jurisdictions to land in Arizona]] showing dates the jurisdictions were created and maps. This will help in determining what jurisdiction your ancestor lived in and where the records are now located.
  
 
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Rio Virgin County (or Rio Virgen) was a former county of Utah from 1869 to 1872. It was created by Utah Territory, but only a small bit of Rio Virgin county was actually in Utah. It mostly covered land outside of Utah in Nevada and Arizona, which also lay claim to the land.[1] [2]

  • 18 January 1867 - The US federal government transferred the northwest corner of Arizona Territory to Nevada. [3] Nevada used the land to increase Lincoln County and Nye County. Arizona opposed loosing this land, twice petitioned Congress for repeal of the law. Utah also opposed this transfer of land
  • 18 February 1869 - Utah created Rio Virgin County.[4] It was meant to serve the residents of Mesquite, St. Thomas, Bunkerville and other nearby towns which Utah wanted to keep within its influence. The US federal government surveyed the land, which showed Rio Virgin County was mostly in Nevada, with some in Pah-Ute County, Arizona and a small part in Utah.[5]
  • 16 February 1872 - Utah discontinued Rio Virgin County, finally accepting the transfer after exhausting all legal remedies.[6] [2] The tiny bit of Rio Virgin County actually in Utah was restored to Washington County.[7]

Records for Rio Virgin County, Utah Territory may be found in Washington County, Utah Some records may also be found in Mohave County, Arizona (holding records of discontinued Pah-Ute County, Arizona). Also check in Lincoln County, Nevada and Nye County, Nevada.

For records of Rio Virgin County see:

  • Utah State Archives may have a few records from the Utah Territory's Rio Virgin County courts and deeds.

Death Record Substitutes

  • 1870 - U.S. Federal Census Mortality Schedules, 1850-1885 at Ancestry ($). Includes 1870 Rio Virgin County, Utah Genealogy mortality schedule.

See also Previous Jurisdictions to land in Arizona showing dates the jurisdictions were created and maps. This will help in determining what jurisdiction your ancestor lived in and where the records are now located.

References

  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), 687. At various libraries (WorldCat). FHL Book 973 D274 2002.
  2. 2.0 2.1 "Chart of County Formation in Utah" in Division of Archives and Records Service at http://archives.utah.gov/research/guides/county-formation.htm (accessed 11 August 2011).
  3. U.S. Stat., vol. 14, ch. 73[1866]/p. 43; Sacks, 25; Van Zandt, p. 158, 165
  4. Utah Terr. Laws 1869, 18th session, ch. 10, p. 7
  5. Deon C. Greer, Atlas of Utah (Ogden, Utah: Utah State College, 1981), 162 and 164. At various libraries (WorldCat). FHL Q Book 979.2 E7a.
  6. Utah Terr. Laws 1872, 20th session, ch. 19, sec. 2, p. 28
  7. Greer, 162