Humboldt County, Nevada Genealogy

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Humboldt County

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

County Information


County Courthouse

Humboldt County Courthouse
50 W 5th Street
Winnemucca, NV 89445
Phone: 775.623.6343
Humboldt County Website

County Clerk has marriage records from 1881, divorce and court records from 1863, probate records from 1900 and naturalization records from 1864.
County Recorder has land records. [1]

Humboldt 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

Populated Places

The following are locations in the county:[3]

Unincorporated communites
Census-designated places

Other locations within the county:

  • Awakening
  • Bliss
  • Chinatown
  • Comus
  • Cordero
  • Daveytown
  • Denio Junction
  • Gouge Eye
  • Harveyville
  • Herrin
  • Hot Springs
  • Knight
  • Platora
  • Dyke
  • Ellison
  • Getchel
  • Preble
  • Pronto
  • Raglan
  • Red House
  • Rose Creek
  • Sulphur
  • Tule
  • Weso
  • Winnemucca

County Facts
County seat: Winnemucca
Organized: November 25, 1861
Parent County(s): Original county[4]
Neighboring Counties
Elko  • Harney (OR)  • Lander  • Malheur (OR)  • Owyhee (ID)  • Pershing  • Washoe
See County Maps
building address = 50 W 5th StreetWinnemucca, NV 89445Phone: 775.623.6343Humboldt County Website
Location Map
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History Timeline

Additional Information
During the time Nevada was part of Utah Territory, the Utah legislature created a Humboldt County, Utah in 1856 with borders partially overlapping the present-day Nevada county. Humboldt County is Nevada's oldest surviving county if the Utah version is counted. It was also one of Nevada's original nine counties created in 1861. Humboldt County Wikipedia entry


Bible Records


Business, Commerce, and Occupations


Cemeteries of Humboldt County, Nevada online and in print
Tombstone Transcriptions Online
Tombstone Transcriptions in
more complete
List of Cemeteries in the County
See Nevada Cemeteries for more information

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

Census Records

Historical populations
Census Pop.  %±
1860 40
1870 1,916 4690.0%
1880 3,480 81.6%
1890 3,434 −1.3%
1900 4,463 30.0%
1910 6,825 52.9%
1920 3,743 −45.2%
1930 3,795 1.4%
1940 4,743 25.0%
1950 4,838 2.0%
1960 5,708 18.0%
1970 6,375 11.7%
1980 9,434 48.0%
1990 12,844 36.1%
2000 16,106 25.4%
2010 16,528 2.6%
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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.

Church records are usually found in the towns rather than on the county level. Search the FamilySearch Catalog - Place Search

LDS Ward and Branch Records

Court Records

The County Clerk acts as clerk to the 6th Judicial District Court, maintains the court records for the District Court.


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, Humboldt – LAND AND PROPERTY

The County Recorder is responsible for recording, scanning/microfilming and indexing of Real Estate Transactions, Mining Claim Locations and Assessment Work, Contracts, Leases, Judgments, UCC/Fixture Filing Statements, Liens, Maps and other miscellaneous documents.

Humboldt County Recorders by Town

Local Histories

Local histories are available for Humboldt 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 books about the history and people in Nevada. Try various search terms, including the names of people. Books designated with "Full view" can be read online.

Search the FamilySearch Catalog by Place Search for Humboldt County, Nevada. Check the list of records for History. Order films into a local Family History Center. Public libraries may have copies of books or order through Interlibrary Loan.

The Silver State:Nevada's Heritage Reinterpreted

Maps and Gazetteers



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

Military Records

Search the FamilySearch Catalog by Place Search for Humboldt County, Nevada. Check the records for Military records. Order films through a local Family History Center.

Civil War

Naturalization and Citizenship

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Search the FamilySearch Catalog by Place Search for Humboldt, Nevada. Check the records for Newspapers. Order films at a local Family History Center. Public libraries may have copies of books or order through Interlibrary Loan.

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

Nevada Newspapers Online

Nevada Newspaper Catalogs


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.

Probate records for Humboldt County

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).

Sales Tax Map

Tax Records of Humboldt County

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.



The County Recorder is responsible for the recording, scanning/microfilming and indexing of marriage certificates.


Search the FamilySearch Catalog by Place Search for Humboldt County, Nevada. Check the list for Vital records. Order films into a local Family History Center.


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.


Humboldt County Library
85 East 5th Street
Winnumucca, NV 89445
(775) 623-6388




Research Guides


  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Humboldt County, Oregon page 442, At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  2. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).
  3. Wikipedia contributors, "Humboldt County, Nevada," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, accessed 15 March 2017.
  4. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT: Everton Publishers, 2002).
  5. National Park Service, "California Trail" (map) in California National Historic Trail at (accessed 2 August 2011).
  6. Wikipedia contributors, "First Transcontinental Railroad" in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia at (accessed 2 August 2011).

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