Esmeralda County, Nevada Genealogy

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

County Information


County Courthouse

Esmeralda County Courthouse
PO Box 547
Goldfield, NV 89013-0547
Phone: 775.485.6367
Esmeralda County Website

County Clerk and Treasurer Office has marriage records from 1898, divorce and probate records from 1908, court records from 1907 and naturalization records from 1904. [1]

Esmeralda County, Nevada Record Dates

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

Record Loss

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

Boundary Changes

  • Parent County: created 25 November 1861 as an original county
  • County seat: Goldfield [2]

Populated Places

  • Millers
  • Montezuma
  • Montezuma Wells
  • Silver Peak
  • Tokop
  • Weepah
  • West Spring

County Facts
County seat: Goldfield
Organized: November 25, 1861
Parent County(s): Original county[2]
Neighboring Counties
Inyo (CA)  • Mineral  • Mono (CA)  • Nye
See County Maps
Location Map
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History Timeline


Bible Records


Business, Commerce, and Occupations


Cemeteries of Esmeralda 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

Census Records

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.

Court Records


Emigration and Immigration

Ethnic, Political, and Religious Groups

Funeral Homes



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, Esmeralda – LAND AND PROPERTY

Local Histories

Local histories are available for Esmeralda 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



Military Records

Civil War

Naturalization and Citizenship


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


Other Records


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.


FHL entries for Esmeralda County birth and death records, 1887-1922, click here[low quality link]


Over 389 marriages from 8 Nov 1863 to 29 Dec 1908 are listed in the Western States Marriage Index.


FHL entries for Esmeralda County birth and death records, 1887-1922, click here[low quality link]

Records of deaths that happened in Esmeralda County as well as in other places and buried in Esmeralda County. The records also include deaths in Mineral and Nye Counties. Records are from various sources including newspapers and funeral homes. Searchable by alphabetical index.


Research Facilities


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.


  • Goldfield Public Library
    P. O. Box 430
    Goldfield, Nevada 89013



  • Goldfield Historical Society
    Box 178
    Goldfield, NV 89013
    Phone: (775) 485-6365
  • Nevada State Genealogical Society
    P.O. Box 20666
    Reno, NV 89515
  • Clark County Nevada Genealogy Society
    PO Box 1929
    Las Vegas, NV 89125-1929
  • Nevada Historical Society
    1650 North Virginia Street
    Reno, NV 89503
    Phone: (775) 688-1190
  • Tri-State Genealogical Society
    PO Box 21902
    Bullhead City, AZ 86439


  • USGenWeb project. May have maps, name indexes, history or other information for this county. Select the state, then the county.
  • FamilySearch Catalog - The FamilySearch catalog contains descriptions and access information for all genealogical materials (including books, online materials, microfilm, microfiche, and publications) in their collection.  Use Historical Records to search for specific individuals in genealogical records

Research Guides


  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Esmeralda County, Oregon page 442, At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  2. 2.0 2.1 The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT: Everton Publishers, 2002).