Nevada Genealogy
Guide to Ancestry and Family Tree Records

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.

Nevada Counties – The Nevada Territory, was organized on March 2, 1861. The State of Nevada was created as the 36th state on October 31, 1864. Nevada borders Arizona in the southeast, California, Idaho,  Oregon and Utah.

It has 16 Counties and 1 Independent City. The Nevada state capital is located in Carson City and the official state website is

Select a Nevada county to view information & records pertaining to each County

Nevada Genealogy Record Guides