Elko County, Nevada Genealogy

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


Elko County, Nevada
Map of Nevada highlighting Elko County
Location in the state of Nevada
Map of the U.S. highlighting Nevada
Location of Nevada in the U.S.
Founded March 5, 1861
County Seat Elko
Elko County Nevada Courthouse.jpg
Address 571 Idaho Street #204
Elko, NV 89801-3787
Phone: 775.738.4600
Elko County Website

South Fork Owyhee, Elko County, Nevada.jpg

Historical Facts

Beginning dates for major county records
* For earlier dates, try... Church | Obituaries | Cemeteries

Boundary Changes

Record Loss

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




  • City of Wells Cemetery
    original cemetery, 450 W. 6th St.
    new cemetery, 451 W. 6th St.
    Contact: City of Wells Office,
    1279 Clover Avenue,
    Wells, Nevada 89835

The following web sites have entries for people buried in Elko County. None have complete lists:

In the FamilySearch Catalog Place Search on FamilySearch, for Elko, Nevada, look at the list of records for Cemeteries. Films can be sent to family history centers. Public libraries may have copies of the books or can obtain them through Interlibrary Loan.

Tombstone Transcriptions Online Tombstone Transcriptions in Print List of Cemeteries in the county
Findagrave.com Family History Library Findagrave.com
NVGenWeb WorldCat Billion Graves
FLGenWeb Archives
Tombstone Project
NV Interment
Billion Graves

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

  • Carlin
  • Elko
  • Metropolis – There is no ward or branch in Metropolis. Contact the Wells ward.
  • Montello – There is no Ward or Branch in Montello. Contact the Wells Ward.
  • Ruby Valley
  • Wells

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Wells Ward, is located at 951 Lake Ave, Wells Nevada 89835 (DO NOT MAIL TO THIS ADDRESS). Mail is sent to current Bishop's personal address. The phone number for the Wells Ward is 775-752-3763. The phone number for the Bishop's office is 775-752-3309. (Historical records are not kept at this location, nor does the Bishop have access to records of deceased individuals.)

Church records are usually found in the towns rather than on the county level. Search the FamilySearch Catalog - Place Search for the appropriate town in Elko County.

Court Records


Emigration and Immigration

Ethnic, Political or Religious Groups




Local histories are available for Elko 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.

Google Books has some books about the history and people in Elko County, Nevada. Try various search terms, including the names of people. Books designated with "Full view" can be read online.

In the FamilySearch Catalog Place Search on FamilySearch, for Elko County, Nevada, look at the list of records for History. Films can be sent to family history centers. Public libraries may have copies of the books or can obtain them through Interlibrary Loan.

Wells, Elko, Nevada


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, Elko – LAND AND PROPERTY


The Elko County on-line Public Record index starts in 1984. Filed maps, 1869 to present, can be searched by section, township and range or document number and can be viewed and printed.

For historical maps,search the following free sites:


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


Civil War

Naturalization and Citizenship


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


Many of the Elko County newspapers can be found on microfilm at the Elko County library in their entirety. The Elko library has microfilms of many different newspapers. Obituaries have been extracted from many of the Elko County newspapers. These obituaries have also been collected and put together on microfilm. These obituary collections can be accessed at the Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah, on microfilm numbers 1598453 and 1598454. The extracted obituaries are pulled from the following locations: Jackpot, Jarbridge, Metropolis, Montello, Owyhee, Tuscarora, and Wells, all of Elko County. Any other obituary not found in these microfilms will have to be looked for in the microfilms held by the Elko County Library.


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



Elko County Courthouse
571 Idaho Street #204
Elko, NV 89801-3787

County Clerk has marriage applications, divorce, probate and court records from 1876.
County Recorder has birth, death, burial and land records. [4]
Courthouse History

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. See Family History Center for more information. Search the online FHC directory for a nearby family history center.

  • Carlin Branch Library
    811 Main ST
    Carlin, NV 89822
    Telephone 775 754-6766
  • Elko County Library
    720 Court St
    Elko, NV 89801
    Telephone 775-756-6587
  • Tuscarora Library
    Tuscarora, NV 89834
  • Elko Genealogical Society
    3001 North Fifth Street
    Elko, NV 89801
    Telephone 775-738-4565
  • Western Shoshone Historical Society
    1545 Silver Eagle
    Elko, Nevada 89801-5021
    Daughters of the American Revolution
    SPRING CREEK, Nevada


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.

Do a Place Search in the FamilySearch Catalog for Elko, Nevada. Check the list of records for Vital records. Films can be sent to family history centers. Public libraries may have copies of the books or order through Interlibrary Loan.


Over 3,976 marriages from 3 Oct 1869 to 4 Jan 1935 are listed in the Western States Marriage Index.

The Elko County on-line Marriage Record index begins with 1960. From 2000, the certificate can be viewed and/or printed.



  • USGenWeb project. May have maps, name indexes, history or other information for this county. Select the state, then the county.
  • FamilySearch Catalog


Alazon Delaplain Lamoille Ola Sage Tuscarora
Arthur Dinner Station Lee Osino San Jacinto Tyrol
Bullion Dolly Varden Loray Owyhee Scraper Springs Ventosa
Carlin Elburz Melandco Patsville Shafter Vivian
Charleston Elko Metropolis Pequop Shanty Town Welcome
Clifside Fenelon Midas Pilot Shores Wells
Cobre Halleck Mizpah Point of Rocks Silver Zone Wendover
Coin Henry Moleen Proctor Spring Creek West Wendover
Contact Hogan Montello Rock House Spruce Wilkins
Currie Holborn Moor Rowland Sprucemont Williams Cabin
Decoy Jackpot Mountain City Ruby Tecoma
Deep Creek Jarbidge North Fork Ruby Valley Tonka
Deeth Jiggs Oasis Ryndon Tulasco


  1. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).
  2. National Park Service, "California Trail" (map) in California National Historic Trail at http://www.nps.gov/cali/planyourvisit/upload/CALImap1-web.pdf (accessed 2 August 2011).
  3. Wikipedia contributors, "First Transcontinental Railroad" in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/First_Transcontinental_Railroad (accessed 2 August 2011).
  4. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Elko County, Oregon page 442, At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.