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 share, 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!
Churchill Fallon 1861 24,877 5023 Adopt Me!
Clark Las Vegas 1908 1,951,269 8091 Adopt Me!
Douglas Minden 1861 46,997 738 Adopt Me!
Elko Elko 1869 48,818 17203 Adopt Me!
Esmeralda Goldfield 1861 783 3589 Adopt Me!
Eureka Eureka 1869 1,987 4180 Sharon McConnel
Humboldt Winnemucca 1856/1861 16,528 9658 Adopt Me!
Lander Battle Mountain 1861 5,775 5519 Adopt Me!
Lincoln Pioche 1866 5,345 10637 Adopt Me!
Lyon Yerington 1861 51,980 2016 Adopt Me!
Mineral Hawthorne 1911 4,772 3813 Adopt Me!
Nye Tonopah 1864 43,946 18159 Adopt Me!
Pershing Lovelock 1919 6,753 6068 Adopt Me!
Storey Virginia City 1861 4,010 264 Adopt Me!
Washoe   Reno 1861 421,407 6551 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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