Churchill County, Nevada Genealogy

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Guide to Churchill County Nevada genealogy. Birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.

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Churchill County, Nevada
Map of Nevada highlighting Churchill County
Location in the state of Nevada
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Location of Nevada in the U.S.
Founded November 25, 1861
County Seat Fallon
Address Churchill County Administrative Complex
155 N. Taylor Street
Fallon, NV 89406
Named for: Sylvester Churchill

Historical Facts

Beginning dates for major county records
* For earlier dates, try... Church | Obituaries | Cemeteries
  • Parent County: Churchill County was created 25 November 1861 as an original county. [1]
  • County Seat: Fallon
  • Neighboring Counties: Elko | Eureka | Humboldt | Nye | Pershing

Churchill County was named for Fort Churchill (which today is actually in Lyon County), which had been named for General Sylvester Churchill, a Mexican-American War hero who was Inspector General of the U.S. Army in 1861. Churchill County was not organized until 1864, and its county seats were Bucklands (1861-64) which is now in Lyon County, La Plata (1864-68), Stillwater (1868-1904) and Fallon (1904-present). In the nineteenth century there were several attempts to eliminate Churchill County because of its small population, but Assemblyman Lemuel Allen was able to stop it on all occasions including convincing the Governor to veto the bill after it had been passed by both houses in 1875.

Boundary Changes

Record Loss

Wikipedia has more about this subject: Churchill County, Nevada



  • Churchill County records FHL


  • Cemetery records of Nevada: Churchill and Lander counties FHL
  • Churchill County records FHL


  • Some Churchill County, Nevada, records, 1850-1900: a researchers guide FHL
  • Early Nevada records: certificates of survey, Carson Valley, 1856; 1862 census of Churchill County; 1864 census of Nye County FHL
  • Missourians in the 1870 census records of Churchill County, Nevada [and]... Douglas County, Nevada FHL

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 of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

  • Fallon


  • Churchill County records FHL
    Membership rolls 1906 and 1943
    Baptisms, confirmations, communicants 1907-1933
    marriages 1913-1940
    burials 1917-1957

Court Records


  • Some Churchill County, Nevada, records, 1850-1900: a researchers guide FHL

Emigration and Immigration

Ethnic, Political or Religious Groups

Funeral Homes

  • Churchill County records FHL



  • Some Churchill County, Nevada, records, 1850-1900: a researchers guide FHL


Local histories are available for Churchill 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.

  • Some Churchill County, Nevada, records, 1850-1900: a researchers guide FHL
  • The Humboldt range: 19th century mining camps FHL

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, CHURCHILL – LAND AND PROPERTY

  • Some Churchill County, Nevada, records, 1850-1900 : a researchers guide FHL



Early migration routes to and from Churchill County, Nevada Genealogy for emigrant settlers included:[2]

Military History and Records

World War, 1914-1918
  • The Banks compilation of birth data of men with links to Churchill County, Nevada, who were born 1873-1900: as found in the civilian registration cards [L.D.S. microfilm series of World War I Selective Service draft registration cards]. FHL

Naturalization and Citizenship


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

  • Churchill County records FHL
  • Some Churchill County, Nevada, records, 1850-1900: a researchers guide FHL
  • ($) has a collection of digitized Reno newspapers going back to 1870. This database is sometimes free at libraries.



  • In focus: annual journal of the Churchill County Museum Association FHL
  • Trails to Churchill County: Historical and Genealogical Society quarterly FHL


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



Churchill County Courthouse
155 N Taylor Street 110
Fallon, NV 89406
Phone: 775.423.6028

County Clerk has marriage, divorce, probate and court records from 1905. [5]

Family History Centers

Introduction to LDS Family History Centers


Churchill County Library
553 S Maine St
Fallon, NV 89406

  • Churchill Historical and Genealogical Society
    c/o Churchill County Museum
    1050 S Maine St
    Fallon, NV 89406-8824


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).

  • Some Churchill County, Nevada, records, 1850-1900: a researchers guide FHL

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.

  • Some Churchill County, Nevada, records, 1850-1900: a researchers guide FHL
  • Birth records of Churchill County, Nevada FHL
  • Churchill County records FHL
    v. 3. Marriage records/notices:
    Churchill County marriage records 1903-1920
    Marriage notices from newspapers 1894-1920


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



  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 (accessed 2 August 2011).
  3. Wikipedia contributors, "First Transcontinental Railroad" in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia at (accessed 2 August 2011).
  4. Wikipedia contributors, "Central Overland Route" in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia at (accessed 4 August 2011).
  5. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Churchill County, Oregon page 442, At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.