You'll love this if…
- You're getting started tracing your ancestors in Nevada
- You want new ideas and resources to get past a Nevada brick wall
- Your genealogy search is focused mainly on Nevada —you don't need the full State Research Guides collection
Trace your Nevada ancestors with the advice and resources in our State Research Guide! This four-page download includes:
- a how-to article detailing Nevada’s history and records, with helpful advice on tracking your family there
- the best websites, books and other resources for Nevada research, handpicked by our editors and experts
- listings of key libraries, archives and organizations that hold the records you need
- descriptions of the top historic sites for learning about your ancestors' lives and times, including visitor information
- timeline of key events in the state's history
- full-color map to put your research in geographical context
Here's a sampling of the helpful tips you'll get in the Nevada guide:
- The discovery of silver in Virginia City’s Comstock Lode in 1859 sent miners rushing to the area, and led to the formation of Nevada Territory in 1861 (nearly all of present-day Nevada had been part of the huge Utah Territory since 1850).
- Statewide birth and death certificates begin in 1911, and marriage and divorce records in 1969. Luckily, county registration of these events started earlier: marriage and divorce records as early as 1862, and birth and death registration almost uniformly in 1887.
- If your early Nevada kin came to work the silver and other mines, you’ll find records from that industry helpful. NSLA holds mining corporation papers from 1861 to 1926; those after 1926 are in the Secretary of State’s office
Plus, each guide contains active web links for one-click access to every recommended online resource. You can view this PDF on your computer and print pages for reference.