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How To Search Public and Vital Records - Vital records are records of life events important enough that some level of government acquires, organizes, and preserves them. While the term "vital records" is often applied to a wide variety of life events... Read more
 
Nevada Vital Records
Statewide vital records registration for Nevada began in 1911. Though some records exist prior to that time, they are kept within the county recorder's office rather than at the Section of Vital Statistics. There is no statewide index for records prior to 1911, and the index beginning in 1911 has restricted access.

For birth and death records after 1911 and marriage records after 1969, write:

State Office of Vital Records
Capitol Complex
505 E. King Street, Room 102
Carson City, NV 89710
Tel: 702-687-4480
http://www.state.nv.us/health/ (Vital Records page not available yet)

For earlier records, write:
County Recorder
County Courthouse
(county seat), NV

Nevada Land Records
Nevada is a federal-land state. Lands were generally acquired from the federal government or from other individuals. The first U.S. District Land Office was opened in Carson City, Nevada, in 1864. The BLM, 300 Booth Street, Box 12000, Reno, NV 89520, has records involving transactions through Nevada's land offices. The Nevada State Library, Division of Archives and Records, has Carson County (Utah Territory) land records and land patents for the state. Federal land records for Nevada can also be found at the National Archives in Washington, D.C., and at the National Archives II (Cartographic Division) in College Park, MD.

Mining dominated the economy and politics of the state for a half century. In 1866 alone there were 200 mining districts that acted roughly as a court system in that they recorded deeds, transferred titles to claims, drew abstracts, and recorded a variety of land instruments. Documents related to mining and minerals may be found at the county level at the Nevada State Library, Division of Archives and Records. The archives also has mining corporation papers, 1861–1926. Those after 1926 are at the Nevada Secretary of State's Office. Other holdings at the archives include state mine inspection records, 1909–74, for operating mines. These records include information regarding name; county and mine supervisor; licenses of hoist operators, 1922–71; and mining accidents, both fatal and nonfatal, 1909–71.

Lands transacted between individuals are usually recorded in the respective office of the county recorder. For further information on land and property research, consult:

Hone, E. Wade. Land and Property Research in the United States. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1997.

Nevada Court Records
Court records include probate records (which include wills), guardianship, naturalization, and a wide variety of other sources, ranging from criminal trials to simple road orders. All contain information about individuals within the area. It should be remembered that there are different levels of jurisdiction for courts in the United States, all of which should be considered for research under various circumstances. Court of Common Pleas, Orphan's Court, Probate Court, District Court, Superior Court, Supreme Court, and other titles are among those encountered. To study more about court records in general, see "Research in Court Records," by Arlene H. Eakle, in:

Szucs, Loretto Dennis, and Sandra Hargreaves Luebking, eds. The Source: A Guidebook of American Genealogy. Rev. ed. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1997.

Nevada Military Records
In 1861 the Union was able to raise a volunteer regiment of infantry that served with California troops. In 1862 headquarters were established at Fort Churchill for the military district of Utah and Nevada, and in 1863 six companies of cavalry and a like number of infantry outfits were raised. These Union soldiers did not serve outside their own region. The militia was under the jurisdiction of the legislature. The National Archives has indexes of the army volunteers from the state (NARA microfilm publication M548); these are also available through the FHL. For soldiers buried under the jurisdiction of the Veterans Administration, write the Cemetery Service, National Cemetery System, Veterans Administration, 810 Vermont Avenue, Washington, DC 20420.
Although the Nevada State Library, Division of Archives and Records, has service records for World War I through 1972 and copies of discharge papers, access is restricted to the person of record or immediate family.

For further information on military records, consult:

Neagles, James C. U.S. Military Records: A Guide to Federal and State Sources. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1994.

Additional Sources
Leigh, Rufus Wood. Nevada Place Names: Their Origin and Significance. Salt Lake City: Deseret News Press, 1964.

Carlson, Helen S. Nevada Place Names: A Geographical Dictionary. Reno: University of Nevada Press, 1974.

Elliott, Russell R., and William D. Rowley. History of Nevada. 2nd ed. Rev. Lincoln, NE, and London, England: University of Nebraska Press, 1987.

Paher, Stanley W. Nevada: An Annotated Bibliography. Las Vegas: Nevada Publications, 1980.


Nevada Vital Records:

Event: Birth

Cost of copy: $11.00

Address:
Division of Health--Vital Statistics
Capitol Complex
505 East King Street #102
Carson City, NV 89710

Remarks: State office has records since July 1911. For earlier records, write to County Recorder in county where event occurred.

Check or money order should be made payable to Section of Vital Statistics. Personal checks are accepted. To verify current fees, the telephone number is (775) 684-4280. This will be a recorded message.

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Event: Death

Cost of copy: $8.00

Address:
Division of Health--Vital Statistics
Capitol Complex
505 East King Street #102
Carson City, NV 89710

Remarks: State office has records since July 1911. For earlier records, write to County Recorder in county where event occurred.

Check or money order should be made payable to Section of Vital Statistics. Personal checks are accepted. To verify current fees, the telephone number is (775) 684-4280. This will be a recorded message.


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Event: Marriage (State)

Cost of copy: See remarks

Address:
Division of Health--Vital Statistics
Capitol Complex
505 East King Street #102
Carson City, NV 89710

Remarks: Indexes since January 1968. Certified copies are not available from State Health Department. Inquiries will be forwarded to appropriate office.


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Event: Marriage (county)

Cost of copy: Varies

Address: See remarks

Remarks: County Recorder in county where license was issued.


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Event:
Divorce (State)

Cost of copy:
See remarks

Address:
Division of Health--Vital Statistics
Capitol Complex
505 East King Street #102
Carson City, NV 89710

Remarks:
Indexes since January 1968. Certified copies are not available from State Health Department. Inquiries will be forwarded to appropriate office.


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Event:
Divorce (county)

Cost of copy:
Varies

Address:
See remarks

Remarks:
County Clerk in county where divorce was granted.

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