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Elko County, Nevada

Elko County was formed on March 5, 1869 from Lander County. The county was named for a Shoshoni word meaning white woman. It is said, among the very old Shoshoni, that this is where they first saw a white woman..

The Elko County Seat can be found in Elko and the county government website is

Places adjacent to Elko County are Owyhee County, Idaho, Cassia County, Idaho, Twin Falls County, Idaho, Tooele County, Utah, Box Elder County, Utah, White Pine CountyEureka CountyLander CountyHumboldt County.

Cities and towns situated in Elko County are made up of Carlin, Elko, Jackpot, Mountain City, North Fork, Owyhee, Ruby Valley, Wells, West Wendover.

Elko County has Federal Census Schedules to assist in finding out about your family tree. Federal government Population Schedules can be found for 18701880 (free index)1890 (fragment)19001910192019301940.

Elko Co. Mortality Schedules is available for 1870 and 1880. Elko Co. Industry and Agriculture Schedules can be found for 1870 and 1880. Elko Co. Union Veterans Schedules can be obtained for 1890. You can find free down-loadable and also printable census forms to aid with your research.

Elko County Society and Family History Resources

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

Elko County Courthouse and Government Records

Genealogist often forget about the advantages of Elko County court, probate, and land records as a useful resource of genealogical details. Hidden away in Nevada courthouses and archives just about everywhere could be the dreams and worries of many Nevada residents.

The chances are very good that your chosen ancestors and forefathers have left a in-depth document of at least a number of aspects of their lives in the Elko County court records. Even if your forebears is not referred to in a Court case, take into account all of the other procedures that could have lead to him or her to appear in court records.

Remember to call the clerk’s department to validate hours, mailing address, fees and other specifics just before visiting or inquiring information because of sometimes changing contact information. The Department Offices DO NOT DO RESEARCH. The records and documents are readily available to interested parties, barring private issues. Many staff will aid men and women in locating the resources, but it’s up to the man or women to carry out the researching.

The following information and facts shows whatever birth, death, marriage, property, probate, and legal records are typically in Elko County. The dates suggested listed below are the first recognized records data in this county.

  • Elko County Courthouse (all departments listed below are located here, unless otherwise noted)
    • Address: 571 Idaho St, Elko, NV 89801
    • Phone: (775) 753-4600
  • Elko County Recorder is responsible for the recordation, scanning/microfilming, indexing and permanent storage of all Real Estate Transactions, Mining Claim Locations, Assessment work, Contracts, Leases, Judgments, Marriage Certificates, Fixture Filing Statements, Liens, Maps and all other Miscellaneous Documents.
    • Birth / Death Records: 1887
    • Land Records: 1869
  • Elko County Clerk is responsible for the issuance of all marriage licenses in the County.
    • Marriage Records: 1869
  • Elko County Clerk of District Court has jurisdiction over all Regular, Civil, Criminal, Probate, and Family courts.
    • Probate Records: 1869
    • Court Records: 1869
  • Nevada 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 Nevada for current fees and application process. Birth, marriage, and death records are connected with central life events.

Elko County Links

The following are web links to Genealogy and family history, Records and Resources pertaining to Elko 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 fee. This is merely a directory that has been collected or submitted. I do not endorse or promote one genealogy site above another. Feel free to suggest your own preferred Elko County genealogy or family history affiliated sites.

Elko Co. NV Books, Newspapers & Publications

Elko Co. NV Birth, Marriage & Death Records

Elko Co. NV Court, Probate Land and Tax Records

Elko Co. NV Census Records

Elko Co. NV Cemeteries & Church Records

Elko Co. NV Family Websites, Pictures & Histories

Elko Co. NV General and History Websites

Elko Co. NV Maps, Atlases & Gazetteers

Elko Co. NV Military Records

Elko Co. NV Schools & Directories