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Washoe County, Nevada (Map It) was created on November 25, 1861 as an original county in the Nevada Territory. The county was named for the Washo, a small Indian tribe that inhabits the area. Learn More About State of Nevada History
Washoe County is bordered by Humboldt County (east), Pershing County (east), Churchill County (east), Lyon County, Storey County (south), Carson City (south), Placer County, California (southwest) Nevada County, California (west), Sierra County, California (west), Lassen County, California (west), Modoc County, California (west), Lake County, Oregon (north), Harney County, Oregon (northeast).
Washoe County Cities and Towns include Reno, Sparks. A Map of Washoe County, Nevada contains detailed information about roads and boundaries, these maps may include rural communities, churches, and cemeteries.
Washoe County, Nevada Courthouse Records
Washoe County, NV Courthouse
Please contact the each clerk's department to confirm mailing address, hours, fees and other information before visiting or requesting information because contact information sometimes changes. The Clerk's Office DOES NOT DO RESEARCH. The documents are available to interested parties, barring confidential issues. Most staff will assist people in finding the materials, but it is up to the individual to do the research.
The following dates indicates what vital, land, probate, and court records are in Washoe county. The date listed for each category of record is usually the earliest registration filed. The earliest date does not indicate that there are numerous records for that year and does not mean that all such events were actually registered.
- Washoe County Recorder> has Birth / Death Records from 1887 at Washoe County Health Department and Land Records from 1870. The County Recorder is responsible for the recordation, scanning/microfilming, indexing and permanent storage of all Real Estate Transactions, Mining Claim Locations, Assessment work, Contracts, Leases, Judgments, Marriage Certificates, Fixture Filing Statements, Liens, Maps and all other Miscellaneous Documents.
- Washoe County Clerk has Marriage Records from 1862. The County Clerk is responsible for the issuance of all marriage licenses in the County.
- Washoe County Clerk of District Court has Probate Records from 1870 and Court Records from 1870. The County Clerk of District Court has jurisdiction over all Regular, Civil, Criminal, Probate, and Family courts.
Washoe County, Nevada Census Records
- Learn More: State of Nevada Census Records
- U.S. Federal Population Schedules: 1870, 1880 (free index), 1890 (fragmented), 1900, 1910, 1920, 1930, 1940
- U.S. Indian Census Records: 1885-1940
- State Population Schedules: 1875
- U.S. Federal Census Mortality Schedules: 1870 and 1880
- Selected U.S. Federal Census Agriculture Schedules: 1870 and 1880
- Selected U.S. Federal Census Industry Schedules: 1870 and 1880
- Union Veterans Schedules: 1890
Washoe County, Nevada Vital Records
- Learn More: State of Nevada Vital Records
- Birth & Death Records: from July 1, 1911 to the present
- Marriage & Divorce Records: None, See County Recorder and County Clerk
- Locations: Nevada Office of Vital Statistics, Nevada State Archives
- Vital Records Online: USAVital, VitalChek or Social Security Death Index
- Vital Records by Mail: Birth Certificate, Death Certificate , Marriage and Divorce Verification Applications.
- In Person: Office of Vital Records, 4150 Technology Way, Suite 104, Carson City, NV 89706
Washoe County, Nevada Resources
- Sparks Heritage Society, 814 Victorian Ave., Sparks NV 89431
- Washoe County, Nevada Message Boards
- Washoe County, Nevada Genealogy Forum read and post messages with other genealogy researchers for Washoe County
Washoe County, Nevada External Links
- Historical Newspapers from Nevada (1864–1922)
- Nevada State Journal, 1870-1900 (search.ancestry.com)
- Reno Evening Gazette (Reno, Nevada) (search.ancestry.com)
- Nevada State Journal (Reno, Nevada) (search.ancestry.com)
- Daily Nevada State Journal (Reno, Nevada) (search.ancestry.com)
- Reno Gazette (Reno, Nevada) (search.ancestry.com)
- Nevada Evening Gazette (Reno, Nevada) (search.ancestry.com)
- Ross-Burke Funeral Records, Reno, Nevada, 1904-19 (search.ancestry.com)
- Washoe County, Nevada Books - Amazon
- Washoe County Marriage Records 1970-2011 Washoe County Recorder’s Office
- Washoe Co., Nevada - FindaGrave
- Washoe County, Nevada Links - Cyndi's List