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Guide to Clark County, Nevada ancestry, family history, and genealogy birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, and military records.


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Clark County, Nevada
Map
Map of the U.S. highlighting Nevada
Location of Nevada in the U.S.
Facts
Founded February 5, 1909
County Seat Las Vegas
Courthouse
Address 200 S 3rd Street
Las Vegas, NV 89155-1601
Phone: 702.455.3156
Clark County Website


Contents

Historical Facts

Beginning dates for major county records
Birth
Marriage
Death
Land
Probate
Court
1909*
1909*
1909*
1909
1909
1909
* For earlier dates, try... Church | Obituaries | Cemeteries

Historical Timeline

  • Up until 1821 - New Spain controlled land that later would become Arizona and Nevada. Some records of early settlers may have been sent to an archives in Seville, Spain, or to archives in Mexico City.
  • From 1821 until 1846 - Mexico had jurisdiction over the land that later would become Arizona and Nevada. Some records of this period may have been sent to archives in Mexico City.
  • From 1846 to 1863 - New Mexico Territory included land that later would become Arizona and southern Nevada.
  • In 1852 - New Mexico Territory set up counties that stretched east and west from the Texas border to the California border, including land that became Arizona and southern Nevada. Present-day Clark County, Nevada was once part of Taos, and Rio Arriba, Santa Ana, Bernalillo, and Valencia counties of New Mexico.[2] [3] There is a small chance that a few records from 1846 to 1963 may have been sent to courthouses in their respective New Mexico counties.
  • 29 December 1863Arizona's three judicial districts were established by the Arizona Territory Organic Act from the western half of New Mexico Territory.[4] All previous counties were dissolved, and eventually four new counties were created in the new Arizona Territory.
  • By November 1864Mohave County was created by the Arizona legislature as an original county from parts of the 2nd and 3rd Judicial Districts. A part of the 3rd Judicial District, Arizona eventually became Clark County, Nevada.[4] Some records from 1863 to 1871 may have been sent to the Mohave County, Arizona offices.
  • 22 December 1865Pah-Ute County was created by Arizona from part of Mohave County.[5] Some records from 1865 to 1871 may have been sent to the Pah-Ute County offices. When part of Pah-Ute County was given to Nevada those records were probably transferred to either Mohave County, Arizona, or to Lincoln or Nye counties in Nevada.
  • 18 January 1867Pah-Ute County, and Mohave County, Arizona Territory west of the Colorado River and west of 114° west longitude were given to Nevada by the U.S. Congress. This area became the southern part of Lincoln, and Nye counties, and eventually Clark County, in Nevada.[5] In 1871, after many petitions Arizona ceased to claim this land.

Boundary Changes

Record Loss

Resources

Biography

Cemeteries

Church Records

Most church records are held by individual churches. For contact information, check a phone directory, such as SearchBug or Dex Knows. Some denominations are gathering their records into a central repository. For more information about these major repositories, see Nevada Church Records.


LDS Ward and Branch Records

  • Boulder City
  • Bunkerville
  • Charleston (Las Vegas)
  • Henderson
  • Las Vegas 1
  • Las Vegas 2
  • Logandale
  • Mesquite
  • Overton
  • St. Thomas

Court Records

Directories

Emigration and Immigration

Ethnic, Political or Religious Groups

Funeral Homes

Gazetteers

Genealogy

History

Local histories are available for Clark County, Nevada. County histories may include biographies, church, school and government history, and military information. For more information about local histories, see the wiki page section Nevada Local Histories.

Land and Property

The county recorder's office keeps land records once the land was transferred to private ownership. Abstracts and indexes for these records are generally available at the county courthouse.

In the FamilySearch Catalog, land records for Nevada are listed in the Place Search under: NEVADA, CLARK – LAND AND PROPERTY


Maps

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Migration

Early migration routes to and from Clark County, Nevada for emigrant settlers included:

Military

Naturalization and Citizenship

Newspapers

Additional newspapers abstracts can sometimes be found using search phrases such as Clark County, Nevada newspapers in online catalogs like:

Obituaries

Probate

Probate records may include, wills, bonds, petitions, accounts, inventories, administrations, orders, decrees, and distributions. They may include the decedent’s date of death, names of his or her spouse, children, parents, siblings, in-laws, etc. See Nevada Probate Records for additional information.


Public Records

Repositories

Courthouse

Clark County Courthouse
200 S 3rd Street
Las Vegas, NV 89155-1601
Phone: 702–455–3156

County Clerk has probate, divorce and court records.
County Recorder has marriage and land records.
County Health Department has birth and death records.[1]

Family History Centers
Libraries
Museums
Societies

Clark County Nevada Genealogy Society
PO Box 1929
Las Vegas, NV 89125-1929

Taxation

Nevada tax records complement land records and can be used to supplement the years between censuses. There may be gaps of several years in the tax records. Most tax records can be obtained from the county treasurer or assessor. For more information, see the wiki page Nevada Taxation. The Family History Library does not have copies of Nevada tax records (as of June 2013).


Vital Records

Vital Records consist of births, adoptions, marriages, divorces, and deaths recorded on registers, certificates, and documents.

A copy or an extract of most Nevada original records can be purchased from the Nevada State Health Division or the County Clerk's office of the county where the event occurred. See also Nevada Vital Records. For information about restrictions and costs for certificates, see the CDC Where to Write for Vital Records site.


Birth
Marriage
Death

Websites

Places

Amber Cactus Springs Glendale Moapa Valley Sandy Valley
Apex Cal-Nev-Ari Goodsprings Mount Charleston Searchlight
Arden Carver Park Henderson Mountain Springs Sloan
Arrolime Desert View Point Indian Springs Nelson Spring Valley
Arrowhead Dike Jackman North Las Vegas Stewarts Point
Bard Dry Lake Jean Overton Ute
Blue Diamond East Las Vegas Las Vegas Paradise Valley
Bonnie Springs Echo Bay Laughlin Primm Wann
Borax Enterprise Logandale Ripley Whitney
Boulder City Erie Lovell Riverside Winchester
Boulder Junction Farrier Mesquite Roach
Bracken Garnet Moapa Saint Thomas
Bunkerville Glassand Moapa Town Sandy

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), 442-43 Clark, Lincoln, and Nye counties. At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  2. William Thorndale, and William Dollarhide, Map Guide to the U.S. Federal Censuses, 1790-1920 (Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1987), 26. At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 X2th.
  3. Original Counties of New Mexico Territory (map) at http://www.nmgs.org/Graphics/nmcoun-orig.jpg (accessed 9 August 2011).
  4. 4.0 4.1 Wikipedia contributors, "1st Arizona Territorial Legislature" in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1st_Arizona_Territorial_Legislature (accessed 8 August 2011).
  5. 5.0 5.1 Wikipedia contributors, "Pah-Ute County, Arizona" in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pah-Ute_County,_Arizona (accessed 8 August 2011).
  6. "The Pioneer Story: The Mormon Pioneer Trail" in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints at http://lds.org/gospellibrary/pioneer/pioneerstory.htm (accessed 18 July 2011).
  7. "Jefferson Hunt" in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jefferson_Hunt (accessed 6 September 2011).
  8. Wikipedia contributors, "Union Pacific Railroad" in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Union_Pacific_Railroad (accessed 14 September 2011).

 

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