Washington County, Nevada Genealogy

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United States Gotoarrow.png Nevada Gotoarrow.png Washington County

When Washington County, Utah Territory was created 3 March 1852[1] [2] it extended into present-day Nevada from Utah Territory's eastern boundary to the western edge of the Great Basin in California between Iron County, Utah and New Mexico Territory (Arizona Territory after 1863).

In 1861 the U.S. Congress created Nevada Territory with its eastern border at 116° W, and in 1862 moved Nevada's eastern border one degree of longitude east, and repeated that again in 1866, each time reducing Washington County, Utah.[3] Former Washington County land in present-day Nevada was used eventually to form parts of Esmeralda, Nye, and Lincoln, counties.[4]

For records of the old Washington County in what is present-day Nevada, see:

For records of the old Washington County in what is present-day Utah, see:


  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), 688. WorldCat entry. FHL Book 973 D274 2002.
  2. "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. Deon C. Greer, Atlas of Utah (Ogden, Utah: Utah State College, 1981), 162-64. WorldCat entry. FHL Q Book 979.2 E7a.
  4. "Counties of Nevada" in Nevada History: a Walk in the Past at http://nevada-history.org/county.html (accessed 11 August 2011).