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Welcome to the Nevada family history research page. Here you'll find record collection links, history, and genealogy resources to help you trace your Nevada ancestors.
One of the westernmost states in the country, Nevada is still a place with a long history and a huge amount of genealogical value. This is because there is a lot of Native American heritage in the entire area and because so many people migrated or settled there in earlier decades. Luckily there is a log of data for Nevada genealogy available.
The 1848 Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo ceded Nevada to the United States. However, it was considered to be part of California for two years after that. Then, in 1850, it became part of Utah Territory. The Mormon Station settlement was established in 1849 in Carson Valley. Mormon Station later became Genoa. However, it wasn't until the Comstock Lode was discovered in 1859 that more people really began to settle in what is now Nevada. Up until that time, Nevada was nothing more than a stopping point for travelers on the way to seek gold in California. Nevada's Virginia City mining camp became quite famous and, as settlers and prospectors came to the area, it was eventually organized into Nevada Territory. That occurred in 1861. See also Nevada History Page for more Details
Nevada organized as territory on March 2, 1861 and entered the union as the 36th state on Oct. 31, 1864. It has 16 Counties and 1 Independent City. The capital is Carson City and the official state website is www.nv.gov.
Nevada is bordered by Arizona (southeast), California (west), Idaho (north), Oregon (north), Utah (east). It has a land area of 110,567 square miles making it the 7th largest state.The 2010 population was 2,700,551 and the largest cities (2010) are largest cities (2010) are Las Vegas, 583,756; Henderson , 257,729; Reno, 225,221; Paradise, 225,167; North Las Vegas, 216,961; Sunrise Manor 189,372; Spring Valley, 178,395; Enterprise 108,481; Sparks, 90,264 ; Carson City (Capital), 55,274.
Nevada's name comes from the Spanish Nevada, meaning "snow-covered", after the Sierra Nevada ("snow-covered mountains") mountain range.The nickname is " Silver State " or "Sagebrush State". The State Motto is " All for Our Country ".
Tips for Nevada Genealogy - When you begin looking for Nevada genealogy materials, whatever your current location, you have to understand that your resources are going to be found online and offline. Currently, there are a lot of smaller archives that have not yet been converted into online digital formats, and that means the first step in any research for Nevada genealogy is to make a list of the different records that you might access. You can begin at the computer and then visit archives if you fail to find what you need.
Major Resources for Nevada Genealogy - This brief introduction to the materials for Nevada genealogy will provide you with a lot of details about the best sources available to people doing research for Nevada genealogy projects. Let's first become familiar with the basic list that all researchers for Nevada genealogy will use:
Primary Resources for Nevada Genealogy - You may be surprised to discover how many resources are available for Nevada genealogy projects, and the best are listed below:
Office of Vital Records,
4150 Technology Way, Suite 104,
Carson City, NV 89706;
This is the location for ordering birth, death, marriage and divorce records.
Additionally, vital records along with many state and local records can be found at the following:
Nevada State Library and Archives, 100 North Stewart Street, Carson City, NV 89701; Website: http://nsla.nevadaculture.org/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=579&Itemid=85
Their website has a huge amount of information relating to all of the different genealogical resources in Nevada that includes biographies, census issues, marriages, newspapers, vital records, and even school year books.
In addition to state archives, you may want to investigate the materials and options available through the Nevada State Genealogical Society's website at: http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~nvsgs/.
The websites listed below will provide state-specific genealogical details that can give those looking for Nevada genealogy information a huge amount of data: