Nevada County records vary widely from county to county in both quality and quantity. Some have been carefully preserved while others have been much abused and neglected. Some Nevada records have simply disappeared.
For genealogists doing research in Nevada there is no effective replace for an on-site search of county courthouse records.
Nevada is divided into 16 counties. Nevada was admitted to the Union on October 31, 1864 with eleven counties. In 1969, Ormsby County and Carson City were consolidated into a single municipal government known as Carson City.
Carson City, the state capital, is also an independent city, which doesn’t belong to any county. However, it has a similar status to that of the 16 counties in the state. Carson City used to be the county seat of Ormsby County, but the two were consolidated in 1969.
Each of the 16 counties in Nevada has a sheriff, board of commissioners, district attorney, public administrator, and other various officials with specific jobs to do.
Each town and city in Nevada was granted a charter from the state legislature, and many of the cities and towns operate using a governmental system including town council members and a mayor.
Each county may have its own records on file. However, many county records can be found on microfilm at the FHL and at the Nevada State Library and Archives.
County recorders are responsible for most county land records. However, two counties have their land records at the county assessor’s office.
The court records are maintained by the clerk of the courts and the probate records are maintained by the county clerks in each county.
The damage to courthouses greatly has a bearing on genealogists in every way.
Not only are these historic structures torn from our lifetimes, so are the records they housed: marriage, wills, probate, land records, and others.
Once destroyed they’re lost forever. Although they have been placed on mircofilm, computers and film burn too.
However, not all records were damaged or lost in some counties.
White Pine County Courthouse – In early 1880’s, the county courthouse in Hamilton was burned down along with much of the business section by an embezzling county treasurer.In 1885, a store owner caused a devastating fire which burned down the Court House which had been moved to the Withington Hotel. Only a pitiful few records from the Sheriff’s office were salvaged.The town of Hamilton had suffered previous fires before the last which resulted in its faster demise.