Lincoln County, Nevada Genealogy

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

County Information


County Courthouse

Lincoln County Courthouse
181 Main Street
Pioche, Nevada 89043
Phone: 775-962-5390
Lincoln County Website
Hours: M-F 9am-5pm

County Clerk has marriage, divorce, probate, court and land records from 1873 [1]

Lincoln 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 26 February 1866 from Nye
  • County Seat: Pioche [2]

Lincoln County boundaries were modified on three other occasions. In 1867, a portion of the western edge of Lincoln County was ceded to Nye County. In 1875, the northern boundary was adjusted following the acquisition of the northeast corner of Nye County. But the largest boundary adjustment occurred in the year 1909, when Lincoln County was split in half and Clark County was formed from the southern half.

Populated Places

Cities and Towns

  • Rachel
  • Ursine

Ghost Towns

  • Acoma
  • Angle City
  • Atlanta
  • Barclay
  • Big Trees
  • Boyd
  • Bristol Well
  • Brown
  • Bullionville
  • Carp
  • Caselton
  • Cold Spring
  • Crestline
  • Crossroads
  • Crystal Springs
  • Delmar
  • Eberhardt
  • Eccles
  • Elgin
  • Etna
  • Fay
  • Flat Nose
  • Galt
  • Groom Lake
  • Helene
  • Horseshoe Bend
  • Hoya
  • Indian Cove
  • Islen
  • Jackrabbit
  • Joseco
  • Kyle
  • Logan City
  • Mendha
  • Mud Springs
  • Ninemile Rocks
  • Pony Springs
  • Prince
  • Rose Valley
  • Rox
  • Stine
  • Strawberry Hill
  • Sundown
  • Tempiute

County Facts
County seat: Pioche
Organized: February 26, 1866
Parent County(s): Nye[3]
Neighboring Counties
Clark  • Nye  • White Pine  • Beaver (UT)  • Iron (UT)  • Millard (UT)  • Washington (UT)  • Mohave (AZ)
See County Maps
Location Map
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History Timeline


Bible Records


Business, Commerce, and Occupations


Cemeteries of Lincoln 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 Lincoln county cemeteries.

Census Records

Transcriptions of many Lincoln County federal census records are available online as part of The USGenWeb Project. Click on the links below to search a particular census.

1870 Census | 1880 Census | 1880 Mortality Schedules | 1890 Special Census | 1900 Census | 1900 Indian Census

FamilySearch Record Search

For more information about Nevada census records, see the Nevada Census records page available on the FamilySearch Wiki.

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

  • Alamo
  • Caliente
  • Panaca
  • Pioche

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, Lincoln – LAND AND PROPERTY

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Lincoln County Courthouse
181 Main Street
Pioche, Nevada 89043
Phone: 775-962-5495
Hours: M-F 8am-5pm; Closed on legal holidays

Record Highlights: Real estate deeds, mortgages, mining deeds and notices, maps, and early vital records (births, marriages, and deaths). Note, only births and deaths prior to 1911 are accessible to the public. Researchers can also access bound volumes of early Lincoln County newspapers, such as the Pioche Daily Record, 1872-1876.

On-site researchers can obtain photocopies of documents from the recorder's office. Photocopying cost have been set at $1.00 per page. Researchers are also allowed to take digital photographs of documents, however, a $1.00 fee is assessed for each photograph taken.

Local Histories

Local histories are available for Lincoln 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



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

Military Records

Civil War

World War I

Naturalization and Citizenship


  • The Lincoln County Record is the official newspaper of Lincoln County. It is published weekly every Thursday. The paper's roots trace back to the early 1870s. Over the course of its history, the paper has been known by several titles: The Ely Record,1870-1872; Pioche Daily Record, 1872-1876; Pioche Weekly Record, 1877-1900; Lincoln County Record, 1900-1905; Pioche Weekly Record, 1906-1908; Pioche Daily Record, 1908-1925; Lincoln County Record, 1925-1932; Pioche Record, 1932-1968; and since 1968, the newspaper has been titled the Lincoln County Record.

Additional newspapers abstracts can sometimes be found using search phrases such as Lincoln 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.





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.


  • Caliente Branch Library
    100 Depot Avenue
    Caliente, Nevada 89008
    Phone: 775-726-3104
  • Alamo Branch Library
    100 South First West
    Alamo, Nevada 89001
    Phone: 775-725-3343
  • Lincoln County Library
    63 Main Street
    Pioche, Nevada 89043
    Phone: 775-962-5244
    Hours: M,T,Th 10am-3pm; W 1pm-6pm


  • Lincoln County Historical Museum
    69 Main Street
    Pioche, Nevada 89043
    Phone: 775-962-5207
    Hours: Daily 10am-1pm and 2pm-4pm; Closed major holidays
    Admission: Free

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  • Million Dollar Courthouse
    25 Lacour Street
    Pioche, Nevada 89043
    Phone: 775-962-5182
    Hours: Open April to October 10am-4pm
    Admission: Free

Record highlights: The museum houses several early original record volumes including tax records, license books, school ledgers, deed indexes, and more. Of particular interest is the grantor/grantee index to Lincoln County Deeds, 1871-1873. These records, for whatever reason, are not included in the master deed index found at the Lincoln County Courthouse.

For a brief history of the "Million Dollar Courthouse," see the Lincoln County Courthouse entry found in the Online Nevada Encyclopedia.



Research Guides


  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Lincoln County, Oregon page 442, At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  2. Sam P. Davis, editor, The History of Nevada, vol. 1 (Reno, Nevada: Elms Publishing Co., 1913), 212-13.
  3. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT: Everton Publishers, 2002).
  4. Williams 108-110
  5. U.S. Stat., vol. 9, pp. 922-943; Parry, 102: 29-59; Van Zandt, 11, 28-29; Walker and Bufkin, 19, 20A
  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 (accessed 9 August 2011).
  8. N.M. Terr. Laws 1851, 1st assy., 2d sess. /p. 292
  9. U.S. Stat., vol. 12, ch. 56[1863]/pp. 664-665; Ariz. Terr. Laws 1864, 1st assy./ pp. vii-viii; Van Zandt, 162
  10. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).
  11. Howell Code, Ariz. Terr. Laws 1864, 1st assy., ch. 2/ pp. 24-25
  12. Arizona Territorial Laws 1865, 2d assy. pp. 19-20
  13. U.S. Stat., vol. 14, ch. 73[1866]/p. 43; Sacks, 25; Van Zandt, p. 158, 165
  14. Arizona Territorial Laws 1871, 6th assy. p. 87
  15. "The Pioneer Story: The Mormon Pioneer Trail" in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints at (accessed 18 July 2011).
  16. "Jefferson Hunt" in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia at (accessed 6 September 2011).
  17. Wikipedia contributors, "Union Pacific Railroad" in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia at (accessed 14 September 2011).