Nevada American History
and Genealogy Project
The American History
& Genealogy Project is a group of independent webmasters linking together to share historical and genealogical data with researchers
online. Please join us -- there are many counties and topics to be explored! Our most pressing need in Nevada right now is
someone to adopt each county. If you would like to become a volunteer county coordinator, or have information or data you would like to donate,
please contact the State Coordinator for Nevada AHGP or click on the adopt me link for the county.
Nevada County Links Table
|County Name||County Seat||Year Founded||2010 Population||Size in Miles||County Coordinator|
|Carson City||Carson City||1861||55,274||146||Adopt Me!|
|Clark||Las Vegas||1908||1,951,269||8091||Adopt Me!|
|Lander||Battle Mountain||1861||5,775||5519||Adopt Me!|
|Storey||Virginia City||1861||4,010||264||Adopt Me!|
|White Pine||Ely||1869||10,030||8897||Adopt Me!|
When most people think of Nevada they think of the glitz and glamour of Las Vegas with casinos for gambling and wedding chapels on every corner, however, Las Vegas comprises just a small part of the state. Nevada has 110,561 square miles which is largely arid desert land. Approximately 86% of the state's land is owned by the US government under various jurisdictions, both civilian and military. The Las Vegas metropolitan area comprises two thirds of the state's total poplulation within it's three largest incorporated cities.|
The name Nevada is derived from the nearby Sierra Nevada mountains, which means "snow-capped mountain range" in Spanish. The land comprising the modern state was inhabited by Native Americans of the Paiute, Shoshone, and Washoe tribes prior to European contact. It was subsequently claimed by Spain as a part of Alta California until the Mexican War of Independence brought it under Mexican control. The United States gained the territory in 1848 following its victory in the Mexican-American War and the area was eventually incorporated as part of Utah Territory in 1850. The discovery of silver at the Comstock Lode in 1859 led to a population boom that was an impetus to the creation of Nevada Territory out of western Utah Territory in 1861. Nevada became the 36th state on October 31, 1864.
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