Washoe County, Nevada Genealogy

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County Courthouse


Parent County

1861--Washoe County was created 25 November 1861 as an original county.  County seat: Reno [1]

Boundary Changes

Record Loss


Populated Places

Andys Place Franktown Martin Phil Smoke Creek Verdi
Border Town Gerlach Mogul Pleasant Valley Spanish Springs Vista
Cold springs Glendale Mustang Pyramid Sparks Vya
Copperfield Golden Valley Nashville Raleigh Heights Steamboat Wadsworth
Crystal Bay Grand View Terrace New Washoe City Reederville Sundown Town Washoe City
Deep Hole Hafed Nixon Reno Sun Valley Wedekind
Dodge Hidden Valley North Valley Reynard Sutcliffe West Reno
Empire Incline village Olinghouse Sand Pass Swedes Place Wimer Place
Flanigan Lawton Panther Valley Sano Thisby Zenobia
Fleish Lemmon Valley Patrick Sheepshead Tyrolian Village

Neighboring Counties



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.

LDS Cemetery Records

US Vol. 21 page 4 - Washoe Cemetery, Washoe


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



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


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 

Local Histories






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.

3,775 marriages from 13 Apr 1862 to 11 Jan 1919 are listed on the Western States Marriage Index.

Societies and Libraries

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

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

Web Sites


  1. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).