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Nevada County, California

Nevada County

Nevada County was founded 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.” .

The Nevada County Seat is located in Nevada City also, the county government website is

Areas bordering to Nevada County are Placer County (south), Yuba County (west), Sierra County (north), Washoe County, Nevada (east) .

Cities and towns located in Nevada County include  Grass Valley, Truckee, Nevada City .

Other Communities in Nevada County include Rough and Ready, Washington. CDPs ( census-designated place) include Alta Sierra, Lake of the Pines, Lake Wildwood, Penn Valley .

Since its creation Nevada County boundries have changed to include these:

  1. Most of Nevada County was in Yuba County from 1850 to 1851 when it was separated to create Nevada County.
  2. Territory was in Yuba County from 1850 to 1852 when it was added to Nevada County.
  3. Territory in Yuba County from 1850 to 1852 was in Sierra County from 1852 to 1856, when it was added to Nevada County.

Nevada County vital records can be found at the California Office of Vital Records has copies of birth, marriage, divorce and death records. 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.

Nevada County consists of Federal Census Schedules to guide in looking into your family tree. Federal Population Schedules can be found 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. One can find free online and printable census forms to help you with your research.

Nevada County Societies and Family History Resources

A list of Nevada County Historical  and Genealogical Societies, Forums, Message Boards, Libraries, Archives.

Nevada County Courthouse and Government Records

Nevada County Courthouse

Researchers often overlook the advantages of Nevada County court, probate, and land files as a useful resource of genealogical details. Hidden away in California courthouses and archives everywhere tend to be the dreams and frustrations of the many California inhabitants.

The possibilities are great that your potential forefathers have left a detailed document of at least a number of facets of their lives in the Nevada County court records. Even if your ancestors is not mentioned in a Court case, contemplate all of the other methods that could have lead to her or him showing up in court records.

Courthouse History - The first courthouse on this site in Nevada City was built in 1856, damaged by fire the same year, and then rebuilt. When fire again damaged the courthouse in 1863, a new courthouse was built on the same site. The lobby of the building, which was extensively remodeled in the 1930s and given an Art Deco façade, houses a collection of photographs of the courthouse as well as other exhibits. It remains in use.


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.

The following facts indicates whatever marriage, birth, death, land, wills, and court records will be in Nevada County. The years indicated below are considered the first widely known records for this county. Land was added from counties Yuba (1852) and Sierra (1856). The first courthouse was damaged by fire in 1856. Fire again damaged the courthouse in 1863.

Remember to get in touch with the clerk's dept to verify hours, mailing address, fees and other specifics prior to visiting or seeking information because of in some cases changing contact details. The Department Offices DO NOT DO RESEARCH. The data files are readily available to interested parties, barring private issues. A good number of employees will assist persons in obtaining the materials, but it's up to the person to do the research.
  • 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 
  • Nevada County County Treasurer / Tax Collector
  • Local Registrar of Births and Deaths, 500 Crown Point Circle, Suite 110, Grass Valley, CA 95945; Office (530) 265-7264

Nevada County Links

The following are web links to Genealogy, Records and Resources relevant 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. Feel free to suggest your own preferred Nevada County genealogy or family history associated sites.

Nevada Co. CA Books, Newspapers & Publications

Nevada Co. CA Birth, Marriage & Death Records

Nevada Co. CA Court, Probate Land and Tax Records

Nevada Co. CA Census Records

Nevada Co. CA Cemeteries & Graveyards

Nevada Co. CA Church & Bible 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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