Washoe County, Nevada Genealogy
- 1 County Courthouse
- 2 Quick Facts
- 3 Parent County
- 4 Boundary Changes
- 5 Record Loss
- 6 Places/Localities
- 7 Resources
- 8 Societies, Libraries and Museums
- 9 Family History Centers
- 10 Websites
- 11 References
25 November 1861: Washoe County was created as an original county. 
Archives and Libraries
Wahoe 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 Placer 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.
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
Currently the 2nd Judicial District Court, State of Nevada, Washoe County, handles divorce and probate as well as other court matters.
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 $1.00 per page.
For official copies or questions about documents prior to 19 November 1991, call the Washoe County Recorder's office at 775-328-3660 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
For historical maps, search the following free sites:
• Historic Map Works can view some images for free, though this is a commercial site
Early migration routes to and from Washoe County, Nevada Genealogy for emigrant settlers included:
- California Trail 1846 to 1869 from western Missouri to northern California
- Applegate Trail 1846 (avoided the Forty Mile Desert) by leaving the Humboldt River in Nevada early at present-day Rye Reservoir, Nevada and passing through the Black Rock Desert to Fandango Pass past Goose Lake on to the Lost River and eventually the Willamette Valley in Oregon
- Central Overland Trail 1859-1869 from Salt Lake City, Utah to Carson City, Nevada through central Nevada on a route south of the Humboldt River]
- Central Pacific Railroad since 1869 from Ogden, Utah to Sacramento, California
Military History and Records
Ancestry. com has digital copies of several Reno Nevada newspapers. ($)
Genealogy.Bank.com also has digital newspapers for Nevada. ($)
- 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.
- Western States Marriage Index 3,775 marriages from 13 Apr 1862 to 11 Jan 1919 are listed.
Societies, Libraries and Museums
Nevada Historical Society
1650 North Virginia Street
Reno, NV 89503
Family History Centers
4751 Neil Rd
Reno, Washoe, Nevada, United States
This is not a mailing address. Due to limited staff, Family History Centers are unable to respond to mail inquiries.
- Washoe County NV GenWeb Project
- Family History Library Catalog
- Nevada Genealogy Trails section for Washoe County
- The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).
- National Park Service, "California Trail" (map) in California National Historic Trail at http://www.nps.gov/cali/planyourvisit/upload/CALImap1-web.pdf (accessed 2 August 2011).
- Wikipedia contributors, "Central Overland Route" in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Central_Overland_Route (accessed 4 August 2011).
- Wikipedia contributors, "First Transcontinental Railroad" in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/First_Transcontinental_Railroad (accessed 2 August 2011).