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== County Courthouse  ==
 
  
== History  ==
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Guide to '''Washoe County, Nevada ancestry, genealogy and family history''', birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.
  
==== Parent County ====
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'''1861--'''Washoe County was created 25 November 1861&nbsp;as an original county.&nbsp; '''County seat:&nbsp;'''Reno <ref name="Handybook">''The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'',10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).</ref>
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== County Information ==
  
==== Boundary Changes  ====
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=== Description ===
  
==== Record Loss ====
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The county was named after the Washoe people who originally inhabited the area.<ref>Genealogy Trails History Group, “Washoe County, Nevada Genealogy and History”, http://genealogytrails.com/nev/washoe/ accessed 3/28/2017.</ref> It is located in the northwest area of the state.<ref>Wikipedia contributors, "Washoe County," in ''Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia'', https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Washoe_County,_Nevada 3/28/2017.</ref>
  
== Places/Localities  ==
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=== County Courthouse ===
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{{NV Courthouse Intro|Washoe}}
  
==== Populated Places  ====
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'''Washoe County Courthouse'''<br>75 Court Street <br> PO Box 11130 <br>Reno, NV 89520<br>Phone: 775.328.3260<br>[http://www.courtreference.com/Washoe-County-Nevada-Courts.htm Washoe County Website]<br><br>
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County Health Department has birth, death and burial records from 1900.<br>
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County Clerk has divorce, probate, court and naturalization records from 1862.<br>
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County Recorder has land records from 1862 and marriage records from 1871.<ref name="HBG">''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'', 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Washoe County, Oregon page 443, {{WorldCat|50140092|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|1049485|item|disp=FHL Book 973 D27e 2002}}.</ref>
  
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=== Washoe County, Nevada Record Dates  ===
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{{NV Records Intro}}
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| Andys Place
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| width="91%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" colspan="7" | <center>'''Known Beginning Dates for Major Records'''<ref>''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'', 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Washoe County, Nevada. Page 442. {{WorldCat|50140092|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|1049485|item|disp=FHL Book 973 D27e 2002}}.</ref></center>
| Franktown
 
| Martin
 
| Phil
 
| Smoke Creek
 
| [http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=localitydetails&subject=206421&subject_disp=Nevada%2C+Washoe%2C+Verdi&columns=*,0,0 Verdi]
 
 
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| Border Town
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| width="13%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Washoe County, Nevada Genealogy#Birth|Birth*]]'''
| Gerlach
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| width="13%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Washoe County, Nevada Genealogy#Marriage|Marriage]]'''
| Mogul
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| width="13%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Washoe County, Nevada Genealogy#Death|Death*]]'''
| Pleasant Valley
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| width="13%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Washoe County, Nevada Genealogy#Court Records|Court]]'''
| Spanish Springs
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| width="13%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Washoe County, Nevada Genealogy#Land and Property Records|Land]]'''
| Vista
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| width="13%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Washoe County, Nevada Genealogy#Probate Records|Probate]]'''
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| width="13%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Washoe County, Nevada Genealogy#Census Records|Census]]'''
 
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| Cold springs
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| width="13%" align="center" |1900
| Glendale
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| width="13%" align="center" |1871
| Mustang
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| width="13%" align="center" |1900
| Pyramid
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| width="13%" align="center" |1862
| [http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=localitydetails&subject=206420&subject_disp=Nevada%2C+Washoe%2C+Sparks&columns=*,0,0 Sparks]
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| width="13%" align="center" |1862
| [http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=localitydetails&subject=1010446&subject_disp=Nevada%2C+Washoe%2C+Vya&columns=*,0,0 Vya]
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| width="13%" align="center" |1862
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| width="13%" align="center" |1850
 
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| Copperfield  
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| colspan="7" | <center>'''* For earlier dates, try...''' '''[[Washoe County, Nevada Genealogy#Church_Records|Church]] &#124; [[Washoe County, Nevada#Obituaries|Obituaries]] &#124; [[Washoe County, Nevada Genealogy#Cemeteries|Cemeteries]]'''</center>
| Golden Valley  
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| Nashville
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| Raleigh Heights  
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=== Record Loss ===
| Steamboat
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There is no known history of courthouse disasters in this county.
| Wadsworth
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=== Boundary Changes ===
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{{NV Boundary Changes Intro|Washoe}}
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*'''Parent County:''' created 25 November 1861 as an original county <ref>''The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'',10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).</ref>
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*'''County Seat:''' Reno
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*[http://www.mapofus.org/nevada/ Interactive Formation Boundary Map of Nevada] - shows boundary changes for Nevada Counties
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*[http://publications.newberry.org/ahcbp/documents/NV_Individual_County_Chronologies.htm#Individual_County_Chronologies Nevada Historical Boundary Changes] - list of all boundary changes by county provided by [https://www.newberry.org/ Newberry Library]<br>
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=== Populated Places ===
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{{NV Populated Places Intro|Washoe}}
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The following are locations in the county:<ref>Wikipedia contributors, "Washoe County, Nevada," in ''Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia'', https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Washoe_County%2C_Nevada accessed 15 March 2017.</ref>
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* [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Reno,_Nevada Reno] (county seat)
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* [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sparks,_Nevada Sparks]</div>
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* Anderson
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* Antelope Valley
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* Arrowcreek
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* Bartley Ranch
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* Beulah
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* Border Town
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* Bronco
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* Buffalo Ranch
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* Caughlin Ranch
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* Copperfield
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* Damonte Ranch
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* [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Deep_Hole,_Nevada Deep Hole]
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* Diessner
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* Dodge
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* [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flanigan,_Nevada Flanigan]
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* Franktown
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* [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Galena,_Washoe_County,_Nevada Galena]
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* Glendale
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* Grand View Terrace</div>
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* Heinz
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* Hidden Valley
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* Hot Springs
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* Huffaker
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* Jumbo
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* Lawton
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* Mayberry-Highland Park
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* McCarran (partly in [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Storey_County,_Nevada Storey County])
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* Mira Loma
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* Montreux
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* Mustang
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* [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New_Washoe_City,_Nevada New Washoe City]
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* Northeast Reno
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* Northwest Reno
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* Olinghouse
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* Palomino Valley
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* Panther Valley
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* [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Patrick,_Nevada Patrick]</div>
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* Phil
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* [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Poeville,_Nevada Poeville]
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* [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pleasant_Valley,_Nevada Pleasant Valley]
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* [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pyramid,_Nevada Pyramid]
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* Raleigh Heights
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* Rancho Haven
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* Red Hawk
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* Red Rock
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* Reederville
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* Saddlehorn
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* Sand Pass
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* Sano
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* [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Steamboat_Springs,_Nevada Steamboat Springs]
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* Upper Pyramid
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* [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vya,_Nevada Vya]
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* [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Washoe_City,_Nevada Washoe City]
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* Washoe Summit
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* Wedekind
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* Winnemucca Ranch</div>
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* [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cold_Springs,_Nevada Cold Springs]
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* [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Crystal_Bay,_Nevada Crystal Bay]
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* [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Empire,_Nevada Empire]
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* [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gerlach,_Nevada Gerlach]
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* [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Golden_Valley,_Nevada Golden Valley]</div>
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* [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Incline_Village,_Nevada Incline Village]
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* [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lemmon_Valley,_Nevada Lemmon Valley]
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* [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mogul,_Nevada Mogul]
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* [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nixon,_Nevada Nixon]
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* [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spanish_Springs,_Nevada Spanish Springs]</div>
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* [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sun_Valley,_Nevada Sun Valley]
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* [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sutcliffe,_Nevada Sutcliffe]
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* [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Verdi,_Nevada Verdi]
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* [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wadsworth,_Nevada Wadsworth]
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* [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Washoe_Valley,_Nevada Washoe Valley]</div>
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{{Infobox U.S. County 2016
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|organized=  November 25, 1861
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|county seat= Reno
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|parent county= Original county<ref>''The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'',10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).</ref>
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|variant spellings=
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|county1= [[Carson City (Independent City), Nevada Genealogy|Carson City (Independent City)]]
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|county2= [[Humboldt County, Nevada Genealogy|Humboldt]]
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|county3= [[Pershing County, Nevada Genealogy|Pershing]]
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|county4= [[Churchill County, Nevada Genealogy|Churchill]]
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|county5= [[Storey County, Nevada Genealogy|Storey]]
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|county6= [[Placer County, California Genealogy|Placer]]
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|county7= [[Nevada County, California Genealogy|Nevada]]
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|county8= [[Sierra County, California Genealogy|Sierra]]
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|county9= [[Lassen County, California|Lassen]]
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|county10= [[Modoc County, California Genealogy|Modoc]]<br><center>[[Washoe County, Nevada Genealogy#Maps and Gazetteers|See county maps]]</center>
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|county courthouse= [[Image:NevadaWashoeCourthouse.jpg|245x245px]]
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|county location in state= [[Image: Map Washoe County NV.png|185x185px]]
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|adoption=
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}}
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=== History Timeline ===
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{{NV Historical Timeline Intro|Washoe}}
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== Resources ==
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{{NV Resources Intro|Washoe}}
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=== Bible Records ===
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{{NV Bible Intro|Washoe}}
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=== Biographies  ===
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{{NV Biographies Intro|Washoe}}
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=== Business, Commerce, and Occupations ===
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{{NV Business Records Intro|Washoe}}
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=== Cemeteries ===
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{{NV Cemeteries Intro|Washoe}}
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| Crystal Bay
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| colspan="2" bgcolor="#E0E0E0" style="border:1px solid black"| <center>'''Cemeteries of Washoe County, Nevada''' online and in print</center>
| Grand View Terrace
 
| New Washoe City
 
| Reederville
 
| Sundown Town
 
| Washoe City
 
 
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| Deep Hole
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| width="21%" bgcolor="#E0E0E0" style="border:1px solid black" | <center>'''Tombstone Transcriptions Online'''</center>
| Hafed
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| Nixon
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*[https://www.findagrave.com/memorial Findagrave.com]
| [http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=localitydetails&subject=206419&subject_disp=Nevada%2C+Washoe%2C+Reno&columns=*,0,0 Reno]  
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* [http://usgwarchives.net/nv/washoearc.htm NVGenWeb Archives]
| Sun Valley
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* [http://usgwtombstones.org/nevada/washoecem.html Tombstone Project]
| Wedekind
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* [https://billiongraves.com/search# Billion Graves]
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* [http://www.interment.net/us/NV/washoe.htm Interment.net]
 
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| Dodge
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| width="21%" bgcolor="#E0E0E0" style="border:1px solid black" | <center>'''Tombstone Transcriptions in Print''' ([[The Value of Cemetery Records in Print |Often more complete]])</center>
| Hidden Valley
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| North Valley
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* {{FHL|370187|subject-id|disp=Family History Library}}
| Reynard
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* [http://www.worldcat.org/search?q=su%3Acemetery+Washoe+Nevada&qt=advanced&dblist=638 WorldCat]
| Sutcliffe
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| West Reno
 
 
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| Empire
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| width="21%" bgcolor="#E0E0E0" style="border:1px solid black" |<center>'''List of Cemeteries in the County'''</center>
| Incline village
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| Olinghouse
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* [http://washoe.genwebsite.net/ NVGenWeb]
| Sand Pass
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* [https://www.findagrave.com/cemetery-browse/USA/Nevada/Washoe-County?id=county_1975 Findagrave.com]
| Swedes Place
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* [https://billiongraves.com/search/cemetery Billion Graves]
| Wimer Place
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*[https://www.accessgenealogy.com/cemetery/nevada-cemetery-records.htm Nevada Cemetery Records]
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| Flanigan
 
| Lawton
 
| Panther Valley
 
| Sano
 
| Thisby
 
| Zenobia
 
 
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| Fleish
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| colspan="2" bgcolor="#E0E0E0" style="border:1px solid black"| <center>See '''[[Nevada Cemeteries]]''' for more information</center>
| Lemmon Valley
 
| Patrick
 
| Sheepshead
 
| Tyrolian Village
 
|  
 
 
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===Census Records===
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{{Historical populations
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|type = USA
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|heading = Census
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|footnote = Source: [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Washoe_County,_Nevada#Demographics "Wikipedia.org".] 
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|1870 |3091 
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|1880 |5664
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|1890 |6437
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|1900 |9141
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|1910 |17434
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|1920 |18627
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|1930 |27158
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|1940 |32476
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|1950 |50205
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|1960 |84743
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|1970 |121068 
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|1980 |193623 
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|1990 |254667 
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|2000 |339486
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|2010 |421407
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}}
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{{NV Census Intro|Washoe}}
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====State and Territory Census Records====
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*'''1850''' - {{RecordSearch|1401638|United States Census, 1850}} at [https://familysearch.org/search/ FamilySearch Historical Records] — index and images; Nevada was included in both the 1850 New Mexico and Utah Territory Censuses.
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*'''1860''' - {{RecordSearch|1473181|United States Census, 1860}} at [https://familysearch.org/search/ FamilySearch Historical Records] — index and images; Nevada was included in both the 1860 New Mexico and Utah Territory Censuses.
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*'''1860''' - [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=3560 Nevada, Compiled Census Index, 1860-1910] at [http://search.ancestry.com Ancestry] - ($), index
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*'''1862-1863''' - [http://www.nvgenweb.org/nvtax.txt 1862-1863 Nevada Territory Tax List] - Index
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*'''1875''' - [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=4873 Nevada State Census, 1875] at [http://search.ancestry.com/ Ancestry.com] — ($), index
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==== Federal Census Records ====
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Federal Censuses were taken for the state of Nevada starting in 1870.  Although, those living in south-eastern Nevada in 1870 may be enumerated in Utah or Arizona because of disputed boundaries with Nevada.<ref>William Thorndale and William Dollarhide, Map Guide to the U.S. Federal Censuses (Bountiful, UT: American Genealogical Lending Library, 1985), page 212.</ref> For links to Federal Census indexes, see [[Nevada Census]].
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=== Church Records ===
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{{NV Church Intro|Washoe}}
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Church records are usually found in town records rather than on the county level. Search the FamilySearch Catalog - [https://familysearch.org/catalog-search Place Search] for the appropriate town in Washoe County.
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'''LDS Ward and Branch Records
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:*Reno
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:*Sparks
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=== Court Records ===
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{{NV Court Intro|Washoe}}
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The [http://www.washoecourts.com/index.cfm?page=contact 2nd Judicial District Court, State of Nevada, Washoe County], handles divorce and probate as well as other court matters.
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=== Directories ===
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{{NV Directories Intro|Washoe}}
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'''Online Directories'''
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*'''1868-1869''' - [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=4741 Nevada Directory 1868-1869] at [http://search.ancestry.com Ancestry] - ($), index only, includes settlers of Nevada<br>
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*'''1913-1981''' - [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=2469 U.S. City Directories, 1822-1995] at [http://search.ancestry.com Ancestry] - ($), Index and images, Reno City Directories, various years<br>
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*'''1941''' - [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=2469 U.S. City Directories, 1822-1995] at [http://search.ancestry.com Ancestry] - ($), Index and images, Reno, Sparks and Washoe County City Directories<br>
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*'''1944''' - [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=2469 U.S. City Directories, 1822-1995] at [http://search.ancestry.com Ancestry] - ($), Index and images, Gerlach City Directory<br>
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=== Emigration and Immigration  ===
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{{NV Emigration Intro|Washoe}}
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=== Ethnic, Political, and Religious Groups ===
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{{NV Ethnic Groups Intro|Washoe}}
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=== Funeral Homes  ===
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{{NV Funeral Homes Intro|Washoe}}
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=== Genealogies  ===
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{{NV Genealogies Intro|Washoe}}
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=== Guardianship ===
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{{NV Guardianship Intro|Washoe}}
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=== Land and Property Records ===
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{{NV Land Intro|Washoe}}
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The [http://www.co.washoe.nv.us/recorder/icris.washoecounty.us Washoe County Recorder] handles land records.
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The grantor/grantee index on this website allows searches of public records&nbsp;from 19 November 1991 to the present. Available images are "unofficial" copies only at $1.00 per page.
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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 [mailto:record@mail.co.washoe.nv.us record@mail.co.washoe.nv.us]
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''Online Land Records''
  
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*[http://www.glorecords.blm.gov/search/ Land Patent Search] - index to federal patents and homesteads on the [http://www.glorecords.blm.gov/default.aspx Bureau of Land Management] website, some images available
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*'''1796 - 1907''' - [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=1246 U.S. General Land Office Records, 1796-1907] at [http://search.ancestry.com Ancestry] - index, info taken from Bureau of Land Management website<br>
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*'''1861 - 1936''' - [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=60593 U.S. Homestead Records 1861-1936] at [http://search.ancestry.com/ Ancestry.com] - ($), index and images
 
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For more information see [[Nevada Land and Property]]
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=== Local Histories ===
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{{NV Histories Intro|Washoe}}
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*''Church and Cemetery Records of Washoe County, Nevada.'' c1971. By Trinity Episcopal Church (Reno, Nevada). Salt Lake City, Utah : Filmed by the Genealogical Society of Utah. Online at: {{WorldCat|866438375|disp=At various libraries(WorldCat)}}. 
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*''Excerpts from Memories of George E. Peckham: Printed by Nevada Historical Society Papers, 1917-1920.'' c1964. By Nona Parkin. N.p: n.p. {{WorldCat|866506235|disp=At various libraries(WorldCat)}}.
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*''General History and Resources of Washoe County, Nevada.'' c1888. By N. A. Hummel. Reno, Nevada : Evening Gazette Job Print. {{WorldCat|865630027|disp=At various libraries(WorldCat)}}.
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*''Granite Creek: A Nevada Stage Station.'' By Alan H. Patera. Journal Article: Western places : a chronicle of western settlement - v. 2 (1993) - v. 2, no. 1 (Mar. 1993).  [http://www.worldcat.org/title/western-places-a-chronicle-of-western-settlement/oclc/769706523?referer=&ht=edition At various libraries(WorldCat)].
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*''Hunter's Station, Nevada.''  By Alan H. Patera. Journal Article: Western places : a chronicle of western settlement - v. 3 (1994-1995) - v. 3, no. 1 (spring 1994).  [http://www.worldcat.org/title/western-places-a-chronicle-of-western-settlement/oclc/769706523?referer=&ht=edition At various libraries(WorldCat)].
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*''Reno, Hub of the Washoe County: An Illustrated History.'' c1984. By William D. Rowley. Woodland Hills, California : University of Nevada Reno. {{WorldCat|866563346|disp=At various libraries(WorldCat)}}.
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*''The Saga of the Grosch Brothers.'' By Louis J. Heizmann. Journal Article: Historical review of Berks County - v. 18 (1952) - v. 18, no. 4 (July/Sept. 1953).
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*''Sagebrush Chronicles [of] Washoe County.'' c1971. By David Basso.  Reno, Nevada : n.p.  {{WorldCat|866563346|disp=At various libraries(WorldCat)}}.
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''Online County Histories''<br>
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*''Bowers Mansion.'' c1952. By Gloria Millicent Mapes. Reno, Nevada : Reno Chapter, Daughters of the American Colonists.  Online at: [https://dcms.lds.org/delivery/DeliveryManagerServlet?dps_pid=IE9080555 FamilySearch Online Books]; {{WorldCat|866668144|disp=At various libraries(WorldCat)}}.
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[http://books.google.com/books?as_q=washoe+county+nevada+history&num=10&btnG=Google+Search&as_epq=&as_oq=&as_eq=&as_brr=0&as_pt=ALLTYPES&lr=&as_vt=&as_auth=&as_pub=&as_sub=&as_drrb_is=q&as_minm_is=0&as_miny_is=&as_maxm_is=0&as_maxy_is=&as_isbn=&as_issn= 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.
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Search FamilySearch Catalog Place Search for Washoe County, Nevada {{FHL|377167|subject-id|disp=History}}. See if films are available at a local family history center. Public libraries may have copies of books or order through Interlibrary Loan.
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=== Maps and Gazetteers ===
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{{NV Maps Intro|Washoe}}
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{{NV Neighboring Counties Intro|county={{NV Washoe County}}}}
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[[Image:Washoe County.jpg|right|330x220px|Washoe County, Nevada]]
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*[http://alabamamaps.ua.edu/historicalmaps/us_states/nevada/index_Before1900.html Historical Maps of Nevada]
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*[http://www.davidrumsey.com/ David Rumsey Collection] for [http://www.davidrumsey.com/search?term=nevada Nevada]
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*[http://www.lib.utexas.edu/maps/ Perry-Castaneda Map Collection] for [http://www.lib.utexas.edu/maps/nevada.html Nevada]
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*[http://www.washoecounty.us/gis Washoe County GIS Home Page]
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*[http://www.mapofus.org/nevada/ Interactive Formation Boundary Map of Nevada] - shows boundary changes for Nevada Counties
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*[http://www.historicmapworks.com/Browse/United_States/Nevada/ Historical Maps and Atlases of Nevada] - maps and atlases of Nevada
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=== Migration ===
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{{NV Migration Intro|Washoe}}
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Early migration routes to and from Washoe County, Nevada Genealogy for emigrant settlers included:<ref>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).</ref><ref>Wikipedia contributors, "California Trail" in ''Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia'' at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/California_Trail (accessed 5 August 2012).</ref>
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*'''''[[California Trail]]''''' 1844 to 1869 from western Missouri to northern California
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:*'''''Truckee (River) Trail''''' 1844 followed the [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Truckee_River Truckee River] west past [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Reno,_Nevada Reno, Nevada] to [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Donner_Pass Donner Pass] to [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Emigrant_Gap Emigrant Gap] to [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sutter%27s_Fort Sutter's Fort] ([http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sacramento,_California Sacramento, California]). The exact route varied over the years, the most used being the Nevada City Road and Auburn Emigrant Road combination.
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:*[http://webtrail.com/applegate/ '''''Applegate Trail''''' ]1846 (avoided the [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Forty_Mile_Desert#Forty_Mile_Desert Forty Mile Desert]) by leaving the [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Humboldt_River Humboldt River] in [[Nevada, United States Genealogy|Nevada]] early at present-day [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rye_Patch_State_Recreation_Area Rye Reservoir], Nevada and passing through the [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Black_Rock_Desert Black Rock Desert] to [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fandango_Pass Fandango Pass] past [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Goose_Lake_%28Oregon-California%29 Goose Lake] on to the [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lost_River_%28California%29 Lost River] and eventually the [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Willamette_Valley Willamette Valley] in [[Oregon, United States Genealogy|Oregon]]
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:*'''''[http://www.beckwourth.org/Trail/ Beckwourth Trail]''''' 1850 left the Truckee Trail near present-day [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sparks,_Nevada Sparks, Nevada] going to [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oroville,_California Oroville] and [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marysville,_California Marysville, California]
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:*'''''[http://www.noehill.com/shasta/cal0011.asp Nobles Road]''''' 1851 from the&nbsp;[http://webtrail.com/applegate/ Applegate&nbsp;Trail]&nbsp;at Rabbithole Springs in the Black Rock Desert of Nevada to [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mount_Shasta,_California Shasta City, California]
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*'''''[[Central Overland Trail]]''''' 1859-1869 from [[Salt Lake City, Utah]] to [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carson_City,_Nevada Carson City, Nevada] through central [[Nevada Genealogy|Nevada]] on a route south of the [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Humboldt_River Humboldt River]]<ref>Wikipedia contributors, "Central Overland Route" in ''Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia'' at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Central_Overland_Route (accessed 4 August 2011).</ref>
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*'''''[[Central Pacific Railroad]]''''' since 1869 from [[Ogden, Utah]] to [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sacramento,_California Sacramento, California]<ref>Wikipedia contributors, "First Transcontinental Railroad" in ''Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia'' at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/First_Transcontinental_Railroad (accessed 2 August 2011).</ref>
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=== Military Records ===
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{{NV Military Intro|Washoe}}
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==== Neighboring Counties  ====
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==== Online Collections ====
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These collections are unique to Nevada. You will find nationwide databases for military records on [[United States Military Online Genealogy Records|U.S. Military Online Genealogy Records]] and [[Nevada Military Records|Nevada Military Records]].<br><br>
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''Civil War''<br>
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*'''1861-1865''' - {{RecordSearch|1932420|Nevada, Civil War Service Records of Union Soldiers, 1861-1865}} at [https://www.familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index<br>
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*'''1863-1866''' - [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=3349 Nevada Civil War Volunteers, 1863-1866] ($) at [https://www.ancestry.com/ Ancestry] — index<br>
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''World War I''<br>
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*[http://www.nvgenweb.org/greatwar.html Nevada - Soldiers of the Great War]<br>
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''World War II''<br>
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*[http://www.nvgenweb.org/WWII.txt Nevada Casualties of World War II]<br>
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''Korea War''<br>
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*[http://www.nvgenweb.org/korhnrarc.txt Nevada Military Killed in Action in Korea]<br>
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*[http://www.archives.gov/research/military/korean-war/casualty-lists/nv-alpha.pdf U.S. Military Fatal Casualties of the Korean War for Nevada]<br>
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''Vietnam War''<br>
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*[http://www.nvgenweb.org/viehnrarc.txt Nevada Military Killed in Action in Vietnam]<br>
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*[http://www.vietvet.org/statewall/nevada/nv.htm The Vietnam Veterans Memorial - Nevada]<br>
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*[http://www.archives.gov/research/military/vietnam-war/casualty-lists/nv-alpha.pdf Vietnam Conflict Casualty Lists - Nevada]<br>
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''Other Conflicts''<br>
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*[http://www.nvgenweb.org/Mideast.html Nevadans Killed in Action - Operation Enduring Freedom & Operation Iraqi Freedom]
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For further information see [[Nevada Military Records]].
  
*[[Churchill County, Nevada|Churchill]]
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=== Naturalization and Citizenship ===
*[[Harney County, Oregon|Harney County, Oregon]]
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{{NV Naturalization Intro|Washoe}}
*[[Humboldt County, Nevada|Humboldt]]
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'''Online Naturalization Records'''
*[[Lake County, Oregon|Lake County, Oregon]]
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*'''1956-1991''' - [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=60615 Nevada, Naturalization Petitions, 1956-1991] at [http://search.ancestry.com Ancestry] - ($), index<br>
*[[Lassen County, California|Lassen County, California]]
 
*[[Lyon County, Nevada|Lyon]]
 
*[[Modoc County, California|Modoc County, California]]
 
*[[Nevada County, California|Nevada County, California]]
 
*[[Pershing County, Nevada|Pershing]]
 
*[[Placer County, California|Placer County, California]]  
 
*[[Sierra County, California|Sierra County, California]]  
 
*[[Storey County, Nevada|Storey]]
 
  
== Resources  ==
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=== Newspapers ===
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{{NV Newspapers Intro|Washoe}}
  
==== Cemeteries  ====
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:*Ancestry.com ($) has digital copies of several [http://search.ancestry.com/search/CardCatalog.aspx#ccat=hc%3D25%26dbSort%3D1%26title%3D%26keyword%3Dwashoe%20nevada%26 Reno Nevada newspapers].
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:*Genealogy.Bank.com ($) also has [http://www.genealogybank.com/gbnk/newspapers/explore/USA/Nevada/ digital newspapers] for Nevada.
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:*NewspaperArchive.com ($) has a collection of digitized [http://www.newspaperarchive.com/BrowseLocations.aspx?cntry=7&st=63&ci=24394 Reno newspapers] going back to 1870 online. This database is sometimes free at libraries.
  
The following web sites have entries for people buried in Placer County. None have complete lists:
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''Nevada Newspapers Online''
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*[http://www.genealogybank.com/explore/newspapers/all/usa/nevada GenealogyBank] - ($), contains images of Nevada newspapers
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*[http://newspaperarchive.com/us/nevada/ Newspaper Archive] - ($), contains images of Nevada newspapers
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*[http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/ Chronicling America] - contains images of some Nevada newspapers; [http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/help/#basic_searching searching tips]
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*[http://elephind.com/ Elephind] - Free; search engine that retrieves newspaper images from other free newspaper websites
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''Nevada Newspaper Catalogs''
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*[http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/search/titles/ U.S. Newspaper Directory, 1690-Present] on Chronicling America - contains a list of all known newspapers and the dates they cover; once you locate a newspaper name, contact the local library to see if they have copies of the newspaper
  
*[http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gs& Find A Grave]
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=== Obituaries ===
*[http://www.interment.net/us/nv/washoe.htm Interment.Net]<br>
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{{NV Obituaries Intro|Washoe}}
*[http://www.usgwtombstones.org/registry.html USGenWeb Tombstone Transcription Project] and the [http://usgwtombstones.org/nevada/washoecem.html Washoe section]
 
  
In the Family History Library Catalog Place Search on FamilySearch, for [http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=localitydetails&subject=206418&subject_disp=Nevada%2C+Washoe&columns=*,0,0 Washoe, Nevada], look at the list of records for [http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=topicdetails&subject=370187&subject_disp=Nevada%2C+Washoe+%2D+Cemeteries&columns=*,0,0 Cemeteries]. Films can be sent to family history centers. Public libraries may have copies of the books or can obtain them through Interlibrary Loan.<br>
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=== Other Records ===
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{{NV Other Records Intro|Washoe}}
  
[[LDS Cemetery Records|LDS Cemetery Records]]
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=== Periodicals ===
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{{NV Periodicals Intro|Washoe}}
  
US Vol. 21 page 4 - Washoe Cemetery, Washoe
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=== Probate Records ===
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{{NV Probate Intro|Washoe}}
  
==== Church  ====
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=== School Records ===
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{{NV Schools Intro|Washoe}}
  
Church records are usually found in the towns rather than on the county level. Search the Family History Library Catalog - [http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=localitysearch&columns=*,0,0 Place Search] for the appropriate town in&nbsp;Washoe County.
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=== Tax Records ===
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{{NV Tax Intro|Washoe}}
  
&nbsp;LDS Ward and Branch&nbsp;Records  
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=== Vital Records ===
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{{NV Vital Intro|Washoe}}
  
*Reno
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==== Birth ====
*Sparks
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{{NV Vital Records - Birth Intro|Washoe}}
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*'''1975 - 2012''' [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=8998 Nevada Birth Index 1975-2012] at [http://search.ancestry.com Ancestry] ($)
  
&nbsp;
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==== Marriage ====
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{{NV Vital Records - Marriage Intro|Washoe}}
  
==== Court  ====
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*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.
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*[https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/show#uri=http://www.familysearch.org/searchapi/search/collection/1949338 Nevada, Marriage Index, 1956-2005]
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*'''1809 - 2011''' [http://abish.byui.edu/specialCollections/westernStates/search.cfm Western States Marriage Index, 1809-2011] - Index, incomplete, [http://abish.byui.edu/specialcollections/westernstates/alphabeticalListOfCounties.cfm list of counties included]
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*'''1956 - 2005''' [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=1100 Nevada Marriage Index 1956-2005] at [http://search.ancestry.com Ancestry] ($)
  
Currently the [http://www.washoecourts.com/index.cfm?page=contact 2nd Judicial District&nbsp;Court, State of Nevada, Washoe County], handles divorce and probate as well as other court matters.
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==== Death ====
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{{NV Vital Records - Death Intro|Washoe}}
  
==== Land  ====
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==== Divorce ====
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{{NV Vital Records - Divorce Intro|Washoe}}
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*'''1968 - 2015''' [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=1090 Nevada Divorce Records 1968-2015] at [http://search.ancestry.com Ancestry] ($)<.br>
  
The [http://www.co.washoe.nv.us/recorder/icris.washoecounty.us Washoe County Recorder] handles land records.
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== Research Facilities ==
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{{NV Research Facilities Intro|Washoe}}
  
The grantor/grantee index&nbsp;on this web site&nbsp;allows searches of&nbsp;public records&nbsp;from 19 November 1991 to the present. Available images are "unofficial" copies only at $1.00 per page.
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=== Archives ===
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{{NV Archives Intro|Washoe}}
  
For official copies or&nbsp;questions about&nbsp;documents prior to 19&nbsp;November 1991, call&nbsp;the Washoe County Recorder's office at &nbsp;775-328-3660 or&nbsp;e-mail [mailto:record@mail.co.washoe.nv.us record@mail.co.washoe.nv.us]&nbsp;
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=== Family History Centers ===
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{{Family History Centers Intro}}
  
==== Local Histories  ====
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:*[https://familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/Reno_Nevada_Family_History_Center Reno Family History Center]
  
[http://books.google.com/books?as_q=washoe+county+nevada+history&num=10&btnG=Google+Search&as_epq=&as_oq=&as_eq=&as_brr=0&as_pt=ALLTYPES&lr=&as_vt=&as_auth=&as_pub=&as_sub=&as_drrb_is=q&as_minm_is=0&as_miny_is=&as_maxm_is=0&as_maxy_is=&as_isbn=&as_issn= Google Books ]has some books about the history and people in&nbsp;Washoe County, Nevada. Try various search terms, including the names of people. Books designated with "Full view" can be read online.
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=== Libraries ===
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{{NV Libraries Intro|Washoe}}
  
In the Family History Library Catalog Place Search on FamilySearch, for Washoe County, Nevada, look at the list of records for [http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=topicdetails&subject=377167&subject_disp=Nevada%2C+Washoe+%2D+History&columns=*,0,0 History]. Films can be sent to family history centers. Public libraries may have copies of the books or can obtain them through Interlibrary Loan.
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'''Washoe County Public Libraries'''<br>301 South Center Street, Reno, NV 89501<br>Telephone: 775-327-8300 or 775-327-8341<br>[http://www.washoecounty.us/library Website]<br><br>
  
==== Maps  ====
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=== Museums ===
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{{NV Museums Intro|Washoe}}
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== Societies ==
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{{NV Societies Intro|Washoe}}
  
==== Military  ====
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'''Division of Museums and History/ Nevada Historical Society'''<br>1650 North Virginia Street<br>Reno, NV 89503<br>Telephone: 775-688-1190<br>[http://nvdtca.org/museums/ Website]<br><br>
  
==== Newspapers  ====
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'''Wellington Historical Society'''<br>P. O. Box 36<br>Wellington, NV 89444<br><br>
  
==== Probate  ====
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'''Nevada State Genealogical Society'''<br>P.O. Box 20666<br>Reno, NV 89515-0666<br>4751 Neil Road<br>Reno, NV<br>[http://www.rootsweb.com/~nvsgs/ Website]<br><br>
  
==== Taxation  ====
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'''Nevada Society of the Order of Founders and Patriots of America'''<br>1839 Deep Creek Dr<br>Sparks, NV 89434-1762<br>Telephone: 775-626-2547<br><br>
  
==== Vital Records  ====
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'''Sparks Heritage Society'''<br>814 Victorian Ave.<br>Sparks, NV 89431<br><br>
  
The Nevada State Library and Archives has marriage licenses for Washoe County from 1862 to 1872.&nbsp; The original marriage certificate registers are in the county&nbsp;recorder's office and have not been microfilmed by the Family History Library.
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'''Clark County Nevada Genealogy Society'''<br>PO Box 1929<br>Las Vegas, NV 89125-1929<br>[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~nvccngs/?cj=1&o_xid=0001231185&o_lid=0001231185 Website]<br><br>
  
3,775 marriages from 13 Apr 1862 to 11 Jan 1919 are listed on the [http://abish.byui.edu/specialCollections/westernStates/search.cfm Western States Marriage Index].
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'''Nevada Historical Society'''<br>1650 North Virginia Street<br>Reno, NV 89503<br>Telephone: 775-688-1190<br>Fax: 775-688-2917<br>[http://nvdtca.org/historicalsociety/ Website]<br><br>
  
== Societies and Libraries ==
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'''Tri-State Genealogical Society'''<br>ARIZONA, CALIFORNIA, NEVADA<br>PO Box 21902<br>Bullhead City, AZ 86439<br>[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~azcanvtsgs/ Website]<br><br>
  
Nevada State Genealogical Society<br>Mailing Address: P.O. Box 20666<br>Reno, NV 89515-0666<br>http://www.rootsweb.com/~nvsgs/
 
  
Nevada Historical Society<br>1650 North Virginia Street<br>Reno, NV 89503<br>Telephone: 775-688-1190<br>Fax: 775-688-2917<br>http://dmla.clan.lib.nv.us/docs/MUSEUMS/reno/his-soc.htm
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'''[https://www.facebook.com/groups/242592445768885/ Nevada Genealogy Network]'''
  
== Web Sites  ==
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== Websites ==
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{{NV Websites Intro|Washoe}}
  
*[http://www.nvgenweb.org/washoe/ Washoe County NV GenWeb Project]  
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*[http://www.nvgenweb.org/washoe/ Washoe County NV GenWeb Project]
*[http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=localitydetails&subject=206418&subject_disp=Nevada%2C+Washoe&columns=*,0,0 Family History Library Catalog]
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*{{FHL Place IDNum|206418|Nevada|Washoe}} - The FamilySearch catalog contains descriptions and access information for all genealogical materials (including books, online materials, microfilm, microfiche, and publications) in their collection.  Use [https://familysearch.org/search/ Historical Records] to search for specific individuals in genealogical records
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*[http://genealogytrails.com/nev/ Nevada Genealogy Trails] section for [http://genealogytrails.com/nev/washoe/ Washoe County]
  
== References  ==
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== Research Guides ==
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{{NV Research Guides Intro|Washoe}}
  
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== References ==
 
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[[Category:Nevada Counties]][[Category:Washoe County, Nevada]]

Latest revision as of 21:14, 20 June 2018

United States
Nevada
Washoe County


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


County Information

Description

The county was named after the Washoe people who originally inhabited the area.[1] It is located in the northwest area of the state.[2]

County Courthouse

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

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.[3]

Washoe County, Nevada Record Dates

Information for this chart was taken from various sources, often containing conflicting dates. This information should be taken as a guide and should be verified by contacting the county and/or the state government agency.

Known Beginning Dates for Major Records[4]
Birth* Marriage Death* Court Land Probate Census
1900 1871 1900 1862 1862 1862 1850
* For earlier dates, try... Church | Obituaries | Cemeteries

Record Loss

There is no known history of courthouse disasters in this county.

Boundary Changes

Populated Places

The following are locations in the county:[6]

Cities
Unincorporated communites
  • Anderson
  • Antelope Valley
  • Arrowcreek
  • Bartley Ranch
  • Beulah
  • Border Town
  • Bronco
  • Buffalo Ranch
  • Caughlin Ranch
  • Copperfield
  • Damonte Ranch
  • Deep Hole
  • Diessner
  • Dodge
  • Flanigan
  • Franktown
  • Galena
  • Glendale
  • Grand View Terrace
  • Heinz
  • Hidden Valley
  • Hot Springs
  • Huffaker
  • Jumbo
  • Lawton
  • Mayberry-Highland Park
  • McCarran (partly in Storey County)
  • Mira Loma
  • Montreux
  • Mustang
  • New Washoe City
  • Northeast Reno
  • Northwest Reno
  • Olinghouse
  • Palomino Valley
  • Panther Valley
  • Patrick
Census-designated places



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County Facts
County seat: Reno
Organized: November 25, 1861
Parent County(s): Original county[7]
Neighboring Counties
Carson City (Independent City)  • Humboldt  • Pershing  • Churchill  • Storey  • Placer  • Nevada  • Sierra  • Lassen  • Modoc
See county maps
Courthouse
NevadaWashoeCourthouse.jpg
Location Map
Map Washoe County NV.png
Adoption


History Timeline

Resources

Bible Records

Biographies

Business, Commerce, and Occupations

Cemeteries

Cemeteries of Washoe County, Nevada online and in print
Tombstone Transcriptions Online
Tombstone Transcriptions in Print (Often more complete)
List of Cemeteries in the County
See Nevada Cemeteries for more information

Census Records

Historical populations
Census Pop.  %±
1870 3,091
1880 5,664 83.2%
1890 6,437 13.6%
1900 9,141 42.0%
1910 17,434 90.7%
1920 18,627 6.8%
1930 27,158 45.8%
1940 32,476 19.6%
1950 50,205 54.6%
1960 84,743 68.8%
1970 121,068 42.9%
1980 193,623 59.9%
1990 254,667 31.5%
2000 339,486 33.3%
2010 421,407 24.1%
Source: "Wikipedia.org".

The first enumeration for Nevada before it was a state in 1864, was in the 1850 Census in both New Mexico and Utah Territories, but the area had not been divided into counties. Those living there may be in the Utah 1851 Census. For 1860, Nevada was again enumerated in New Mexico and Utah Territories. [8] A partial state census exists for Nevada in 1862 and 1863 and a full state census exists for 1875. [9] See links listed below.

State and Territory Census Records

Federal Census Records

Federal Censuses were taken for the state of Nevada starting in 1870. Although, those living in south-eastern Nevada in 1870 may be enumerated in Utah or Arizona because of disputed boundaries with Nevada.[10] For links to Federal Census indexes, see Nevada Census.

Church Records

Most church records are held by individual churches. For contact information, check a phone directory, such as SearchBug or Dex Knows. Some denominations are gathering their records into a central repository. For more information about these major repositories, see Nevada Church Records.

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

LDS Ward and Branch Records

  • Reno
  • Sparks

Court Records

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

Directories

Online Directories

Emigration and Immigration

Ethnic, Political, and Religious Groups

Funeral Homes

Genealogies

Guardianship

Land and Property Records

The county recorder's office keeps land records once the land was transferred to private ownership. Abstracts and indexes for these records are generally available at the county courthouse.

In the FamilySearch Catalog, land records for Nevada are listed in the Place Search under: NEVADA, Washoe – LAND AND PROPERTY

The Washoe County Recorder handles land records.

The grantor/grantee index on this website 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

Online Land Records


For more information see Nevada Land and Property

Local Histories

County histories may include biographies of early settlers and residents, church and school information, and local military regiments at the time of publication.

  • Church and Cemetery Records of Washoe County, Nevada. c1971. By Trinity Episcopal Church (Reno, Nevada). Salt Lake City, Utah : Filmed by the Genealogical Society of Utah. Online at: At various libraries(WorldCat).
  • Excerpts from Memories of George E. Peckham: Printed by Nevada Historical Society Papers, 1917-1920. c1964. By Nona Parkin. N.p: n.p. At various libraries(WorldCat).
  • General History and Resources of Washoe County, Nevada. c1888. By N. A. Hummel. Reno, Nevada : Evening Gazette Job Print. At various libraries(WorldCat).
  • Granite Creek: A Nevada Stage Station. By Alan H. Patera. Journal Article: Western places : a chronicle of western settlement - v. 2 (1993) - v. 2, no. 1 (Mar. 1993). At various libraries(WorldCat).
  • Hunter's Station, Nevada. By Alan H. Patera. Journal Article: Western places : a chronicle of western settlement - v. 3 (1994-1995) - v. 3, no. 1 (spring 1994). At various libraries(WorldCat).
  • Reno, Hub of the Washoe County: An Illustrated History. c1984. By William D. Rowley. Woodland Hills, California : University of Nevada Reno. At various libraries(WorldCat).
  • The Saga of the Grosch Brothers. By Louis J. Heizmann. Journal Article: Historical review of Berks County - v. 18 (1952) - v. 18, no. 4 (July/Sept. 1953).
  • Sagebrush Chronicles [of] Washoe County. c1971. By David Basso. Reno, Nevada : n.p. At various libraries(WorldCat).

Online County Histories

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.

Search FamilySearch Catalog Place Search for Washoe County, Nevada History. See if films are available at a local family history center. Public libraries may have copies of books or order through Interlibrary Loan.

Maps and Gazetteers

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Migration

Early migration routes to and from Washoe County, Nevada Genealogy for emigrant settlers included:[11][12]

Military Records

Online Collections

These collections are unique to Nevada. You will find nationwide databases for military records on U.S. Military Online Genealogy Records and Nevada Military Records.

Civil War

World War I

World War II

Korea War

Vietnam War

Other Conflicts

For further information see Nevada Military Records.

Naturalization and Citizenship

Online Naturalization Records

Newspapers

For more information, see Nevada Newspapers.


  • 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.

Nevada Newspapers Online

Nevada Newspaper Catalogs

  • U.S. Newspaper Directory, 1690-Present on Chronicling America - contains a list of all known newspapers and the dates they cover; once you locate a newspaper name, contact the local library to see if they have copies of the newspaper

Obituaries

Other Records

Periodicals

Probate Records

Probate records may include, wills, bonds, petitions, accounts, inventories, administrations, orders, decrees, and distributions. They may include the decedent’s date of death, names of his or her spouse, children, parents, siblings, in-laws, etc. See Nevada Probate Records for additional information.

School Records

Tax Records

Nevada tax records complement land records and can be used to supplement the years between censuses. There may be gaps of several years in the tax records. Most tax records can be obtained from the county treasurer or assessor. For more information, see the wiki page Nevada Taxation. The Family History Library does not have copies of Nevada tax records (as of June 2013).

Vital Records

Vital Records consist of births, adoptions, marriages, divorces, and deaths recorded on registers, certificates, and documents.

A copy or an extract of most Nevada original records can be purchased from the Nevada Department of Health and Human Services or the County Clerk's office of the county where the event occurred. See also Nevada Vital Records. For information about restrictions and costs for certificates, see the CDC Where to Write for Vital Records site.

Birth

Marriage

Death

Divorce

Research Facilities

Archives

Family History Centers

Family History Centers provide one-on-one assistance and free access to premium genealogical websites. In addition, many centers have free how-to genealogy classes.

Libraries

Washoe County Public Libraries
301 South Center Street, Reno, NV 89501
Telephone: 775-327-8300 or 775-327-8341
Website

Museums

Societies

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

Wellington Historical Society
P. O. Box 36
Wellington, NV 89444

Nevada State Genealogical Society
P.O. Box 20666
Reno, NV 89515-0666
4751 Neil Road
Reno, NV
Website

Nevada Society of the Order of Founders and Patriots of America
1839 Deep Creek Dr
Sparks, NV 89434-1762
Telephone: 775-626-2547

Sparks Heritage Society
814 Victorian Ave.
Sparks, NV 89431

Clark County Nevada Genealogy Society
PO Box 1929
Las Vegas, NV 89125-1929
Website

Nevada Historical Society
1650 North Virginia Street
Reno, NV 89503
Telephone: 775-688-1190
Fax: 775-688-2917
Website

Tri-State Genealogical Society
ARIZONA, CALIFORNIA, NEVADA
PO Box 21902
Bullhead City, AZ 86439
Website


Nevada Genealogy Network

Websites

Research Guides

References

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  2. Wikipedia contributors, "Washoe County," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Washoe_County,_Nevada 3/28/2017.
  3. 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.
  4. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Washoe County, Nevada. Page 442. At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  5. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).
  6. Wikipedia contributors, "Washoe County, Nevada," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Washoe_County%2C_Nevada accessed 15 March 2017.
  7. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).
  8. William Thorndale and William Dollarhide, Map Guide to the U.S. Federal Censuses (Bountiful, UT: American Genealogical Lending Library, 1985), page 211.
  9. ’'Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), 437. At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002; Alice Eichholz, ‘’Ancestry’s Red Book: American State, County and Town Sources,’’ 3rd ed. (Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 2004), 422. Free online version; FHL Book 973 D27rb 2004; WorldCat entry.
  10. William Thorndale and William Dollarhide, Map Guide to the U.S. Federal Censuses (Bountiful, UT: American Genealogical Lending Library, 1985), page 212.
  11. 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).
  12. Wikipedia contributors, "California Trail" in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/California_Trail (accessed 5 August 2012).
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  14. Wikipedia contributors, "First Transcontinental Railroad" in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/First_Transcontinental_Railroad (accessed 2 August 2011).