Washoe County, Nevada Genealogy

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

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Washoe County, Nevada
Map of Nevada highlighting Washoe County
Location in the state of Nevada
Map of the U.S. highlighting Nevada
Location of Nevada in the U.S.
Founded November 25, 1861
County Seat Reno
Address Washoe County Courthouse
602 Washoe
75 Court Street
PO Box 11130
Reno, NV 89520
Phone: 775.328.3260
Washoe County Website

County Courthouse

Washoe County Courthouse
75 Court Street; PO Box 11130;
Reno, NV 89520
Phone: 775.328.3260

County Health Department has birth, death and burial records from 1900.
County Clerk has divorce, probate, court and naturalization records from 1862.
County Recorder has land records from 1862 and marriage records from 1871. [1]

Quick Facts

Parent County

25 November 1861: Washoe County was created as an original county. [2]

Boundary Changes

Record Loss



Archives and Libraries

Reno Family History Center
4751 Neil Road, Reno
Open 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday

Washoe County Public Libraries
301 South Center Street, Reno, NV 89501
775-327-8300 | 775-327-8341


The following web sites have entries for people buried in Washoe County. None have complete lists:

In the Family History Library Catalog Place Search on FamilySearch, for Washoe, Nevada, look at the list of records for Cemeteries. Films can be sent to family history centers. Public libraries may have copies of the books or can obtain them through Interlibrary Loan.

LDS Cemetery Records

US Vol. 21 page 4 - Washoe Cemetery, Washoe

Church History and Records

Church records are usually found in the towns rather than on the county level. Search the Family History Library Catalog - Place Search  for the appropriate town in Washoe County.

 LDS Ward and Branch Records

  • Reno
  • Sparks

Court Records

Currently the 2nd Judicial District Court, State of Nevada, Washoe County, handles divorce and probate as well as other court matters.


Washoe County, Nevada

Google Books has some books about the history and people in Washoe County, Nevada. Try various search terms, including the names of people. Books designated with "Full view" can be read online.

In the Family History Library Catalog Place Search on FamilySearch, for Washoe County, Nevada, look at the list of records for History. Films can be sent to family history centers. Public libraries may have copies of the books or can obtain them through Interlibrary Loan.

Land and Property

The Washoe County Recorder handles land records.

The grantor/grantee index on this web site allows searches of public records from 19 November 1991 to the present. Available images are "unofficial" copies only at $1.00 per page.

For official copies or questions about documents prior to 19 November 1991, call the Washoe County Recorder's office at 775-328-3660 or e-mail record@mail.co.washoe.nv.us


For historical maps, search the following free sites:

Historical Maps of Nevada

David Rumsey Collection for Nevada

Perry-Castaneda Map Collection for Nevada

Historic Map Works can view some images for free, though this is a commercial site

Washoe County GIS Home Page


Early migration routes to and from Washoe County, Nevada Genealogy for emigrant settlers included:[3][4]

Military History and Records


  • Ancestry.com ($) has digital copies of several Reno Nevada newspapers.
  • Genealogy.Bank.com ($) also has digital newspapers for Nevada.
  • NewspaperArchive.com ($) has a collection of digitized Reno newspapers going back to 1870 online. This database is sometimes free at libraries.

Probate Records


Vital Records

  • The Nevada State Library and Archives has marriage licenses for Washoe County from 1862 to 1872. The original marriage certificate registers are in the county recorder's office and have not been microfilmed by the Family History Library.

Societies, Libraries and Museums

Nevada State Genealogical Society
Mailing Address: P.O. Box 20666
Reno, NV 89515-0666

Division of Museums and History / Nevada Historical Society
1650 North Virginia Street
Reno, NV 89503
Telephone: 775-688-1190
Fax: 775-688-2917

Family History Centers



  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Washoe County, Oregon page 443, At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  2. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).
  3. National Park Service, "California Trail" (map) in California National Historic Trail at http://www.nps.gov/cali/planyourvisit/upload/CALImap1-web.pdf (accessed 5 August 2011).
  4. Wikipedia contributors, "California Trail" in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/California_Trail (accessed 5 August 2012).
  5. Wikipedia contributors, "Central Overland Route" in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Central_Overland_Route (accessed 4 August 2011).
  6. Wikipedia contributors, "First Transcontinental Railroad" in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/First_Transcontinental_Railroad (accessed 2 August 2011).