Nevada County, California Genealogy

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This article is about a western county of northern California. For other uses, see Nevada (disambiguation).

United States > California > Nevada County

County Courthouse

Quick Facts

Wikipedia has more about this subject: Nevada County, California

Parent County

25 April 1851: Nevada County was created from Yuba County. County seat: Nevada City [1]

Boundary Changes

Record Loss

1856 and 1863: Courthouse burned twice and many records were damaged.

For further information on researching in burned counties, see the following:


Populated Places

Neighboring Counties


Archives and Libraries


Church History and Records

LDS Ward and Branch Records

  • Grass Valley

Court Records

Ethnic, Political, or Religious Groups



Land and Property



Early migration routes to and from Nevada County, California Genealogy for emigrant settlers included:[2][3]

Military History and Records


  • ($) has a collection of digitized Reno, Nevada newspapers going back to 1870 that may include residents from Nevada County. This database is sometimes free at libraries.

Probate Records


Vital Records

Societies, Libraries and Museums

Family History Centers


  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 5 August 2011).
  3. Wikipedia contributors, "California Trail" in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia at (accessed 5 August 2012).
  4. Wikipedia contributors, "First Transcontinental Railroad" in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia at (accessed 2 August 2011).