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Lyon County was formed on November 25, 1861 as an original county in the Nevada Territory. The county was named in honor of General Nathaniel Lyon (1818–1861), who was killed in action at the Battle of Wilson's Creek..
Places adjacent to Lyon County are Washoe County (north), Storey County (east), Churchill County (east), Douglas County (west), Carson City (west), Mineral County (southwest), Mono County, California (southwest).
Cities and towns situated in Lyon County are made up of Dayton, Fernley, Mason, Mound House, Silver City, Silver Springs, Simpson, Smith Valley, Stagecoach, Weed Heights, Wellington, Yerington.
Lyon 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. Lyon Co. Mortality Schedules is available for 1870 and 1880. Lyon Co. Industry and Agriculture Schedules can be found for 1870 and 1880. Lyon 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 Lyon County Historical and Genealogical Societies, Forums, Message Boards, Libraries, Archives.
Genealogist often forget about the advantages of Lyon 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 Lyon 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 Lyon 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 Lyon 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 Lyon County genealogy or family history affiliated sites.