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Guide to Humboldt County, Nevada ancestry, genealogy and family history, birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.

County Facts
County seat: Winnemucca
Organized: November 25, 1861
Parent County(s): Original county[1]
Neighboring Counties
Elko  • Harney (OR)  • Lander  • Malheur (OR)  • Owyhee (ID)  • Pershing  • Washoe
See County Maps
building address = 50 W 5th Street Winnemucca, NV 89445 Phone: 775.623.6343 Humboldt County Website
Location Map
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County Information


The county was named for the Humboldt River. Humboldt County is located in the northwestern area of the state.[2]

County Courthouse

Humboldt County Courthouse
50 W 5th Street
Winnemucca, NV 89445
Phone: 775-623-6343
Humboldt County Website

County Clerk has marriage records from 1881, divorce and court records from 1863, probate records from 1900 and naturalization records from 1864.
County Recorder has land records.[3]

Humboldt County, Nevada Record Dates

Information for this chart was taken from various sources, often containing conflicting dates. This information should be taken as a guide and should be verified by contacting the county and/or the state government agency.

Known Beginning Dates for Major Records[4]
Birth* Marriage Death* Court Land Probate Census
1887 1881 1887 1863 1861 1900 1850
*Statewide registration for births and deaths started in 1911. General compliance year is unknown.

Record Loss

There is no known history of courthouse disasters in this county.

Boundary Changes

Populated Places

For a complete list of populated places, including small neighborhoods and suburbs, visit Hometown Locator. The following are the most historically and genealogically relevant populated places in this county:[6]

Unincorporated communities
Census-designated places

Other locations within the county:

  • Awakening
  • Bliss
  • Chinatown
  • Comus
  • Cordero
  • Daveytown
  • Denio Junction
  • Gouge Eye
  • Harveyville
  • Herrin
  • Hot Springs
  • Knight
  • Platora
  • Dyke
  • Ellison
  • Getchel
  • Preble
  • Pronto
  • Raglan
  • Red House
  • Rose Creek
  • Sulphur
  • Tule
  • Weso
  • Winnemucca

History Timeline


Bible Records


Business, Commerce, and Occupations


Cemeteries of Humboldt County, Nevada online and in print
Tombstone Transcriptions Online
Tombstone Transcriptions in
more complete
List of Cemeteries in the County
See Nevada Cemeteries for more information

The following web site has additional information on Humboldt county cemeteries.

Census Records

Historical populations
Census Pop.
1860 40
1870 1,916 4690.0%
1880 3,480 81.6%
1890 3,434 −1.3%
1900 4,463 30.0%
1910 6,825 52.9%
1920 3,743 −45.2%
1930 3,795 1.4%
1940 4,743 25.0%
1950 4,838 2.0%
1960 5,708 18.0%
1970 6,375 11.7%
1980 9,434 48.0%
1990 12,844 36.1%
2000 16,106 25.4%
2010 16,528 2.6%
Source: "".

The first enumeration for Nevada before it was a state in 1864, was in the 1850 Census in both New Mexico and Utah Territories, but the area had not been divided into counties. Those living there may be in the Utah 1851 Census. For 1860, Nevada was again enumerated in New Mexico and Utah Territories. [7] A partial state census exists for Nevada in 1862 and 1863 and a full state census exists for 1875. [8] See links listed below.

State and Territory Census Records

Federal Census Records

Federal Censuses were taken for the state of Nevada starting in 1870. Although, those living in south-eastern Nevada in 1870 may be enumerated in Utah or Arizona because of disputed boundaries with Nevada.[9] For links to Federal Census indexes, see Nevada Census.

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 records are usually found in the towns rather than on the county level. Search the FamilySearch Catalog - Place Search

Ward and Branch Records of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

  • Winnemucca

List of Churches and Church Parishes

Court Records

The County Clerk acts as clerk to the 6th Judicial District Court, maintains the court records for the District Court.


Emigration and Immigration

Ethnic, Political, and Religious Groups

Funeral Homes



Land and Property Records

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, Humboldt – LAND AND PROPERTY

The County Recorder is responsible for recording, scanning/microfilming and indexing of Real Estate Transactions, Mining Claim Locations and Assessment Work, Contracts, Leases, Judgments, UCC/Fixture Filing Statements, Liens, Maps and other miscellaneous documents.

Humboldt County Recorders by Town

For more information see Nevada Land and Property

Local Histories

County histories may include biographies of early settlers and residents, church and school information, and local military regiments at the time of publication.

  • Harden City (Harveyville) and the Black Rock Excitement. By Alan H. Patera. N.d. N.p: n.p. FamilySearch Books.
  • The Humboldt Range: 19th Century Mining Camps. c1995. By Alan H. Patera. Lake Grove, OR : Western Places. At various libraries(WorldCat).

Online County Histories

Maps and Gazetteers

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Click a neighboring county
for more resources


Early migration routes to and from Humboldt County, Nevada Genealogy for emigrant settlers included:

Military Records

Online Collections

These collections are unique to Nevada. You will find nationwide databases for military records on U.S. Military Online Genealogy Records and Nevada Military Records.

Civil War

World War I

World War II

Korea War

Vietnam War

Other Conflicts

Check the records for Military records. For further information see Nevada Military Records.

Naturalization and Citizenship

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For more information, see Nevada Newspapers.

Search the FamilySearch Catalog by Place Search for Humboldt, Nevada. Check the records for Newspapers. See if films are available at a local family history center. Public libraries may have copies of books or order through Interlibrary Loan.

Nevada Newspaper Catalogs

  • U.S. Newspaper Directory, 1690-Present on Chronicling America - contains a list of all known newspapers and the dates they cover; once you locate a newspaper name, contact the local library to see if they have copies of the newspaper


Other Records


Probate Records

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.

School Records

Social Security Records

Tax Records

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).

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.





Research Facilities


Listed below are archives in Humboldt County. For state-wide archival repositories, see Nevada Archives and Libraries.

Family History Centers

Family History Center and Affiliate Library Locator map - search for local Family History Centers or Affiliate Libraries

  • Family History Centers provide one-on-one assistance, free access to center-only databases, and to premium genealogical websites.
  • FamilySearch Affiliate Libraries have access to most center-only databases, but may not always have full services normally provided by a family history center.

Local Centers and Affiliate Libraries


Listed below are libraries in Humboldt County. For state-wide library facilities, see Nevada Archives and Libraries.

  • Humboldt County Library
    85 East 5th Street
    Winnumucca, NV 89445
    Phone: 775-623-6388



Listed below are societies in Humboldt County. For state-wide genealogical societies, see Nevada Societies.

  • Humboldt County Genealogical Society
    c/o Humboldt County Library
    85 E Fifth St
    Winnemucca, NV 89445
    Phone: 775-623-6388
  • Northeastern Nevada Genealogical Society
    1515 Idaho Street
    Elko, NV 89801-4021
  • Nevada State Genealogical Society
    Mailing Address: P.O. Box 20666
    Reno, NV 89515-0666
  • Nevada Historical Society
    1650 North Virginia Street
    Reno, NV 89503
    Phone: 775-688-1190
    Fax: 775-688-2917
  • Clark County Nevada Genealogy Society
    PO Box 1929
    Las Vegas, NV 89125-1929
  • Tri-State Genealogical Society
    For Arizona, California, Nevada
    PO Box 21902
    Bullhead City, AZ 86439


  • The Humboldt GenWeb Project, a member of the NVGenWeb Project: Genealogy and Local History in Nevada (with jurisdictions for Nevada) is an affiliate of the USGenWeb Project. The USGenWeb project may have maps, name indexes, history or other information for this county.
  • FamilySearch Catalog - The FamilySearch catalog contains descriptions and access information for all genealogical materials (including books, online materials, microfilm, microfiche, and publications) in their collection.  Use Historical Records to search for specific individuals in genealogical records

Research Guides


  1. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT: Everton Publishers, 2002).
  2. Wikipedia contributors, "Humboldt County, Kentucky" in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, ",_Nevada."
  3. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Humboldt County, Oregon page 442, At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  4. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Humboldt County, Nevada. Page 442. At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002; Alice Eichholz, ed. Ancestry’s Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources, Third ed. (Provo, Utah: Ancestry, 2004), 428.
  5. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).
  6. Wikipedia contributors, "Humboldt County, Nevada," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, accessed 15 March 2017.
  7. William Thorndale and William Dollarhide, Map Guide to the U.S. Federal Censuses (Bountiful, UT: American Genealogical Lending Library, 1985), page 211.
  8. ’'Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), 437. At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002; Alice Eichholz, ‘’Ancestry’s Red Book: American State, County and Town Sources,’’ 3rd ed. (Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 2004), 422. Free online version; FHL Book 973 D27rb 2004; WorldCat entry.
  9. William Thorndale and William Dollarhide, Map Guide to the U.S. Federal Censuses (Bountiful, UT: American Genealogical Lending Library, 1985), page 212.
  10. National Park Service, "California Trail" (map) in California National Historic Trail at (accessed 2 August 2011).
  11. Wikipedia contributors, "First Transcontinental Railroad" in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia at (accessed 2 August 2011).