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Nevada County, California Facts

Nevada County

When was Nevada County, CA Created?
Nevada County was established on April 25, 1851 from Yuba County . This county was named for the mining town of Nevada City, a name derived from the term “Sierra Nevada.” The word nevada in Spanish means “snowy” or “snowcovered.” .

What is the County Seat of Nevada County, CA?
The County Seat is located in Nevada City also, the county government website is

What counties are adjacent to Nevada County, CA?
Bordering Counties are Placer County, Yuba County, Sierra County, Washoe County, Nevada .

What cities and towns are in Nevada County, CA?
Cities and towns located in the County include  Grass Valley, Truckee, Nevada City .

Nevada County, CA Vital Records

Where can find Nevada County Birth, marriage, Divorce and Death Records?
Nevada County vital records can be found at the California Office of Vital Records has copies of birth and death records from July 1905, marriage records that occurred from 1949-1986 and 1998-1999, divorce records that occurred between 1962 and June, 1984. There is a fee for each copy requested. Please refer to the information to the Statewide Vital Records in California for current fees and application process.

You can search online for Nevada County Birth, Marriage, Divorce or Death Records. You can also Order Electronically Online or can download an application for California Birth Certificate, Marriage or Divorce Certificate, Death Certificate Applications to mail.

Vital Records can also be found in the Local Registrar of Births and Death, 500 Crown Point Circle, Suite 110, Grass Valley, CA 95945; Office (530) 265-7264

Nevada County, CA Census Records

What Nevada County, CA census records are available?
There are many types of census records for Nevada County guide you in researching your family tree. Federal Population Schedules are available for 1860, 1870, 1880 (free index), 1890 (fragment), 1900, 1910, 1920, 1930, 1940.

Nevada Co. Mortality Schedules can be found for 1860, 1870 and 1880. Nevada Co. Industry and Agriculture can be obtained for 1860, 1870 and 1880. Nevada Co. Union Veterans Schedules is available for 1890.

Another California census is the California State Census in 1852. One can find free online and printable census forms to help you with your research. See Also California Census Records Research Guide.

Nevada County, CA Courthouse and Government Records

Nevada County Courthouse

What genealogical records can I find in the Nevada County Courthouse?
The below facts shows exactly what death, marriage, birth, property, wills, and court records are typically in Nevada County. The years listed below are the first noted records with this county. Some counties encompass land settled in the eighteenth century; their records pre-date county formation. Land transactions and vital records recorded in the county are at the county recorder's office. The county clerk general has probate books and files from the county's superior court, civil court records, and naturalizations. Divorces may be in either place, depending on how filed. See Also California Corthouse Records Research Guide.

Old Nevada County Courthouse
  • Nevada County Courthouse (all departments listed below are located here, unless otherwise noted)
  • Nevada County Recorder-Clerk is s responsible for examination and recording of all documents presented for recording that deal with establishing ownership of land in the County or as required by statute; administers the real property transfer tax law and maintains a permanent record and indexes of all documents for public viewing plus providing certified copies requested by the public; recording of all lawful documents such as deeds, deeds of trust, judgments, liens, affidavits, Uniform Commercial Code Financial Statements, etc; and the filing of Births, Deaths, and Marriages.
    • Address: 950 Maidu Avenue, Nevada City, CA 95959-6100
    • Phone: (530) 265-1221
    • Birth / Death Records: 1873
    • Marriage Records: 1856
    • Land Records: 1856
  • Nevada County Clerk of Superior Court has probate books and files from the county's superior court, civil court records, and naturalizations. Divorces may be here or in the Recorders Office, depending on how it was filed.
    • Probate Records: 1856 
    • Court Records: 1856 
  • Early California Wills
  • BLM Land Records

Nevada County, CA Societies and Family History Resources

What genealogical and historical societies, archives, museums, associations and libraries are available for Nevada County, CA?
A list of Nevada County Historical  and Genealogical Societies, Libraries, Archives. See also list of Statewide Californiia Archives, Historical & Genealogical Societies.

Where can I connect with other Nevada County, CA Researchers through message boards and forums?

What other genealogical resources are available in Nevada County, CA?
The following are web links to Genealogy, Records and Resources pertaining to Nevada County. A majority of these genealogy links fall into 3 categories: Business Sites, Private Sites or Organization Sites. Some have free access some require a payment. This is basically a listing which has been gathered or submitted. I do not recommend or promote one genealogy site above another.

Nevada Co. CA Books, Newspapers & Publications

Nevada Co. CA Cemeteries & Church Records

Nevada Co. CA Family Websites, Pictures & Histories

Nevada Co. CA General and History Websites

Nevada Co. CA Maps, Atlases & Gazetteers

Nevada Co. CA Military Records

Nevada Co. CA Schools & Directories

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