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     Nevada is a state located in the western region of the United States. The capital is Carson City and the largest city is Las Vegas. The state's nickname is the "Silver State," due to the large number of silver deposits that were discovered and mined there. In 1864, Nevada became the 36th state to enter the union, and the phrase "Battle Born" on the state flag reflects the state's entry on the Union side during the American Civil War. Its first settlement was called Mormon Station.

On March 2, 1861, the Nevada Territory separated from the Utah Territory and adopted its current name, shortened from Sierra Nevada (Spanish for "snowy range").

     The separation of the territory from Utah was important to the federal government because of the Nevada population's political leanings, while the population itself was keen to be separated because of animosity (and sometimes violence) between the non-Mormons who dominated Nevada, and the Mormons who dominated the rest of the Utah territory.[citation needed] Animosity between non-Mormon settlers and Mormons was particularly high after the Mountain Meadows massacre of 1857 and the Utah War in 1857-58.      The 1861 southern boundary is commemorated by Nevada Historical Markers 57 and 58 in Lincoln and Nye counties.

     Eight days prior to the presidential election of 1864, Nevada became the 36th state in the union. Statehood was rushed to the date of October 31 to help ensure Abraham Lincoln's reelection on November 8 and post-Civil War Republican dominance in Congress,[8] as Nevada's mining-based economy tied it to the more industrialized Union.

     Nevada achieved its current southern boundaries on May 5, 1866 when it absorbed the portion of Pah-Ute County in the Arizona Territory west of the Colorado River, essentially all of present day Nevada south of the 37th parallel. The transfer was prompted by the discovery of gold in the area, and it was thought by officials that Nevada would be better able to oversee the expected population boom. This area includes most of what is now Clark County.

     In 1868 another part of the western Utah Territory, whose population was seeking to avoid Mormon dominance, was added to Nevada in the eastern part of the state, setting the current eastern boundary.

     Mining shaped Nevada's economy for many years (see Silver mining in Nevada). When Mark Twain lived in Nevada during the period described in Roughing It, mining had led to an industry of speculation and immense wealth. However, both mining and population declined in the late 19th century. However, the rich silver strike at Tonopah in 1900, followed by strikes in Goldfield and Rhyolite, again put Nevada's population on an upward trend.







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Nevada State Archives

100 N. Stewart Street
Carson City, Nevada 89701

State Archives Research Room

Phone: 775.684.3310 – Fax: 775.684.3371



·        Central Nevada Historical Society

·        Nevada State Genealogy Society

·        Nevada State Historical Society

·        Nevada State Museum and Historical Society

·        Northeastern Nevada Genealogical Society

·        Beatty Historical Society

·        Clark County Genealogy Society

·        Dayton Historical Society

·        Nevada African American Genealogy Society

·         White Pine Hist. & Arch. Society



Nevada State Library and Archives

Library Services
100 North Stewart Street
Carson City, Nevada 89701-4285
775.684.3360 - Fax 775.684.3311
800.922.2880 (in-state)

Source: State Library Web Sites




Albany Big Horn Campbell Carbon Converse Crook Fremont Goshen Hot Springs Johnson Laramie Lincoln Natrona Niobrara Park Platte Sheridan Sublette Sweetwater Teton Uinta Washakie Weston

Source: National Register of Historical Places










The following are surnames of persons, found within our databases,

as having been either born, married or died in this location.



McVicker; Moreland; Pinnell; Scruggs and allied families





Bozarth; Peiffer; Quigley; Rhubart and allied families


Dellinger; Knecht; Pfeffer; Silar and allied families



To find out more about each surname listed above click on the corresponding LINK.

Additional information regarding these surnames may also be found at:

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Our Ancestral Counties


The following named counties are associated with the history of our DIRECT ancestors.   To select a specific ancestral county, click on the following link. Here you will find additional links to our county pages where you can obtain information about our family gen-sites, images of localities, and surnames of persons, in our database, who have lived in the selected county.










Use this LINK to find out more about the locations listed above.









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Gazetteer of Places

County Research


County Research

(General Info.)

The links below may assist you with your research within the various places of this state.


of Places

The following Links will take you to gazetteers that identify places within this U.S. State.  These resources feature profiles of cities, towns, neighborhoods and subdivisions.  In addition this site contains maps, data and directions for a wide variety of physical, cultural and historic features.


Cities in Nevada

Source: List of cities, towns, and villages in the U.S.

Nevada Cities - profiles of 628 Nevada cities, towns & neighborhoods

Nevada Physical Features such as lakes, islands & steams

Nevada Cultural Features such as schools, parks, hospitals & airports

Nevada Civil Features such as Native Areas and Political Subdivisions

Search by Name, County, ZIP Code or Area Code

Source: US Cities & State Gazetteers


County Research


NVGenWeb Project

Genealogy and Local

 History in Nevada


Clicking on a Link (below) will take you to the County’s website.  Here you will find additional links to more information specific to that location.    The USGenWeb Project also sponsors important Special Projects, at the national level, that were created to collect and disseminate data that goes beyond county and state lines.





Bullfrog (see Nye)

Carson (see Carson City, Churchill, Douglas, Esmeralda, Humboldt, Lyon, Mineral, Pershing, Storey, Washoe)

Carson City









Humboldt (Utah Territory) (see Churchill, Elko, Eureka, Humboldt, Lander, Pershing)

Lake (see Washoe)







Ormsby - see Carson City

Pah-Ute - see Clark


Rio Virgin (see Clark)

Roop (see Washoe)

Saint Mary's (see Elko, Eureka, White Pine)



White Pine



County Research



Wikipedia is a multilingual, Web-based, free-content encyclopedia project based mostly on anonymous contributions. Clicking on a Link (below) will take you to the Wikipedia article about the county.  Here you will find additional links to guide the user to related pages with additional information.





Churchill · Clark · Douglas · Elko · Esmeralda · Eureka · Humboldt · Lander · Lincoln · Lyon · Mineral · Nye · Pershing · Storey · Washoe · White Pine












The Google search engine

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sites    may     provide    you

with additional information

to assist with your research

about   this   U. S.   State. 






·           Website & Webpages We Like

·           Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

·           Free Genealogy Search Help For Google

·           Linkpendium > Genealogy > USA

·           Genealogy Gateway

·  (Reference Materials & Finding Aids)

·  - Maps, Atlases & Gazetteers


·        Cyndi's List - United States Index

·        IGI Batch Numbers - British Isles & North America

·        Libweb - Libraries on the Web

· - States and Capitals

·        RootsWeb Town Search 1.0

·        USA Resources at RootsWeb

·        StateGenSites - U.S. Genealogy Sites by State

·        The USGenWeb Project









·Nevada - Wikipedia

·Nevada (historical societies)

·Nevada GenWeb Project

·Nevada State Information (50

·Cyndi’s List (Nevada)

·Nevada State Facts and Information








The following Link will take you to our library of genealogy reference books that pertain to this U.S. State.   Here you will find books about the history and records of this State, as well as its counties and other localities such as towns and churches.   The collection also contains research works about State military units and personnel during America’s wars.  In addition, there are resource texts about the ethnic and religious groups who settled in this State.


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