Nevada Church Records

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Nevada Churches[edit | edit source]

The four largest religious groups in Nevada before 1900 were:

  • The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
  • Methodist
  • Protestant Episcopal
  • Roman Catholic[1]

For a history of seven major denominations in Nevada, see:

  • Loofbourow, Leon L. Loofbourow. Steeples among the Sage . . . (Oakland,California: Lake Park Press, 1964. FHL Collection book 979.3 K2L

The Family History Library has a few records for some Nevada churches. The largest collection of Nevada church records is for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Many denominations have collected their records into central repositories. You can write to the following addresses for help in locating their records:

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS)[edit | edit source]

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The usage of "Mormon" and "LDS" on this page is approved according to current policy.

Early Nevada ward and branch records are available on microfilm at the Family History Library in Salt Lake City. Find film numbers by searching the FamilySearch Catalog, or by refering to:

  • Jaussi, Laureen R., and Gloria D. Chaston. Register of Genealogical Society Call Numbers. 2 vols. Provo, Utah: Genealogy Tree, 1982. (FHL book 979.2258 A3j; fiche 6031507). These volumes contain film numbers for many (but not all) membership and temple records.

For further information regarding how to access early church records see Early Church Membership Records and Tracing Latter-day Saint Ancestors.

Historical Department
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

50 East North Temple Street
Salt Lake City, UT 84150-3400
Phone: (800) 406-1830
Phone: (801) 240-2785
Fax: (801) 240-1845

Methodist[edit | edit source]

United Methodist Archives Center
Drew University Library
PO Box 127
Madison, NJ 07940-0127
Phone: (973) 408-3189
Fax: (973) 408-3909

Protestant Episcopal[edit | edit source]

The Nevada Historical Society
1650 N. Virginia Street
Reno, NV 89503-1799
Phone: (775) 688-1190
Fax: (775) 688-2917

(They have the records for the Nevada Diocese from 1862 to 1969.)

To learn more about the records of the Protestant Episcopal Church, see:

  • Inventory of the Church Archives of Nevada, Protestant Episcopal Church (Reno, Nevada: Historical Records Survey, 1941. FHL Collection book 979.3 K2he; film 1036524 item 2; fiche 6051184

Roman Catholic[edit | edit source]

Diocese of Las Vegas
Chancery Office
336 Cathedral Way
Las Vegas, NV 89109
Phone: (702) 735-3500
Fax: (702) 735-8941

Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 18316
Reno, NV 89114-8316

The diocese includes the counties of: Clark, Lincoln, Nye and White Pine.[2]

Diocese of Reno
290 S. Arlington
Reno, NV 89501-1713
Archives Phone: (775) 326-9440
Fax (775) 348-8619

The diocese includes the counties of: Churchill, Douglas, Elko, Esmeralda, Eureka, Humboldt, Lander, Lyon, Mineral, Pershing, Storey and Washoe.[2]

To learn more about the records of the Catholic Church, see:

  • Inventory of the Church Archives of Nevada: Roman Catholic Church (Reno, Nevada: Historical Records Survey, 1939. FHL Collection book 979.3 K2hc; film 1036527 item 7; fiche 6051185

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Sydney E. Ahlstrom, A Religious History of the American People (New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Press, 1972). FHL Book 973 K2ah.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Map of the Roman Catholic Dioceses in the United States of America, Office of Catholic Schools Diocese of Columbus, accessed 3 Nov 2010.