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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..
Places adjacent to Elko County are Owyhee County, Idaho (north), Cassia County, Idaho (northeast), Twin Falls County, Idaho (northeast), Tooele County, Utah (east), Box Elder County, Utah (east), White Pine County (south), Eureka County (southwest), Lander County (southwest), Humboldt County (west).
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 1870, 1880 (free index), 1890 (fragment), 1900, 1910, 1920, 1930, 1940. 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.
A list of Elko County Historical and Genealogical Societies, Forums, Message Boards, Libraries, Archives.
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.
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.
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.