Clark County, Nevada Genealogy

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


County Information

Description

The county was named for William A. Clark, copper magnate. It's county seat is Las Vegas and was founded February 5, 1908.[1] It is located in the South area of the state.[2]

County Courthouse

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

County Clerk has probate, divorce and court records.
County Recorder has marriage and land records.
County Health Department has birth and death records.[3]

Clark County, Nevada Record Dates

Beginning Dates for Major County Records
Birth* Marriage Death* Court Land Probate Census
1909*
1909*
1909*
1909
1909
1909
* For earlier dates, try... Church | Obituaries | Cemeteries

Record Loss

There is no known history of courthouse disasters in this county.

Boundary Changes

Populated Places

The following are locations in the county:[4]

Cities
Unincorporated communites
Census-designated places

Locations not listed in Wikipedia

  • Amber
  • Apex
  • Arrolime
  • Arrowhead
  • Bard
  • Bonnie Springs
  • Borax
  • Boulder Junction
  • Bracken
  • Carver Park
  • Desert View Point
  • Dike
  • Dry Lake
  • Echo Bay
  • Erie
  • Farrier
  • Garnet
  • Glassand
  • Jackman
  • Lovell
  • Moapa
  • Ripley
  • Riverside
  • Saint Thomas
  • Sandy
  • Stewarts Point
  • Ute
  • Valley
  • Wann


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County Facts
County seat: Las Vegas
Organized: February 5, 1909
Parent County(s): Lincoln[5]
Neighboring Counties
Inyo (CA)  • Lincoln  • Mohave (AZ)  • Nye  • San Bernardino (CA)
See County Maps
Courthouse
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Location Map
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Adoption
This page is available for adoption


History 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 NM, and Rio Arriba NM, Santa Ana NM, Bernalillo NM, and Valencia NM counties of New Mexico.[6] [7] There is a small chance that a few records from 1846 to 1863 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.[8] 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.[8] 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.[9] 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.[9] In 1871, after many petitions Arizona ceased to claim this land.

Resources

Bible Records

Biographies

Business, Commerce, and Occupations

Cemeteries

Cemeteries of Clark County, Nevada online and in print
Tombstone Transcriptions Online
Tombstone Transcriptions in
Print
(Often
more complete
)
List of Cemeteries in the County
See Nevada Cemeteries for more information

The following web site has additional information on Clark county cemeteries.

Census Records

Historical populations
Census Pop.  %±
1910 3,321
1920 4,859 46.3%
1930 8,532 75.6%
1940 16,414 92.4%
1950 48,289 194.2%
1960 127,016 163.0%
1970 273,288 115.2%
1980 463,087 69.5%
1990 741,459 60.1%
2000 1,375,765 85.5%
2010 195,126 −85.8%
Source: "Wikipedia.org".


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, and Religious Groups

Funeral Homes

Genealogies

Guardianship

Land and Property Records

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

Local Histories

Local histories are available for Clark County, Nevada Genealogy. 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.

Maps and Gazetteers

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Migration

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

Military Records

Civil War

Naturalization and Citizenship

Newspapers

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

Nevada Newspapers Online

Nevada Newspaper Catalogs

  • U.S. Newspaper Directory, 1690-Present on Chronicling America - contains a list of all known newspapers and the dates they cover; once you locate a newspaper name, contact the local library to see if they have copies of the newspaper

Obituaries

Other Records

Periodicals

Probate Records

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.

School Records

Tax Records

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 Department of Health and Human Services 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

Divorce

Research Facilities

Archives

Family History Centers

Family History Centers provide one-on-one assistance and free access to premium genealogical websites. In addition, many centers have free how-to genealogy classes.

Libraries

Museums

  • Clark County Heritage Center
    1830 S. Boulder Highway
    Henderson, NV 89002-8502
    (702) 455-7955

Societies

Websites

Research Guides

References

  1. Genealogy Trails History Group, “Clark County, Nevada Genealogy and History”, http://genealogytrails.com/nev/clark/ accessed 3/27/2017.
  2. Wikipedia contributors, "Clark County," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Clark_County,_Nevada 3/27/2017.
  3. 3.0 3.1 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.
  4. Wikipedia contributors, "Clark County, Nevada," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Clark_County%2C_Nevada accessed 11 March 2017.
  5. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT: Everton Publishers, 2002).
  6. 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.
  7. Original Counties of New Mexico Territory (map) at http://www.nmgs.org/Graphics/nmcoun-orig.jpg (accessed 9 August 2011).
  8. 8.0 8.1 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).
  9. 9.0 9.1 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).
  10. "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).
  11. "Jefferson Hunt" in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jefferson_Hunt (accessed 6 September 2011).
  12. Wikipedia contributors, "Union Pacific Railroad" in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Union_Pacific_Railroad (accessed 14 September 2011).