Genealogy and Local History in Lincoln County, Nevada

A Guide and Resource for Researchers

Part of the USGenWeb Project and the NVGenWeb Project

InformationLocation, History, etc.ContentsRelated Project Sites
Nevada Map Showing the Location of Lincoln County


This site is designed to provide information useful in researching family history, genealogy, and local history related to Lincoln County, Nevada. It includes information on archives and libraries, published and unpublished sources of information, and, whenever possible, indexes and online transcriptions of source material. There are also pages which include researchers' surname interests related to Lincoln County families. Anything that relates to genealogy or history in Lincoln County is a candidate for inclusion.

If you know of any Lincoln County resources that should be included, please let me know. You can also address any other comments or questions to Robert Bremer.

Good luck with your genealogical and historical research in Lincoln County, Nevada.

Location, History, etc.

Lincoln County is located in southeastern Nevada and is bordered by White Pine County on the north, Millard County (Utah) on the northeast, Beaver County (Utah), Iron County (Utah), and Washington County (Utah), all on the east, Mohave County (Arizona) on the southeast, Clark County on the south, and Nye County on the west. The county has a total area of 10,637 square miles, and in the year 2000 it had a population of 4,165.

The county seat is Pioche, and Caliente is the largest town in the county. Other towns or former towns include Alamo, Ash Springs, Carp, Elgin, Hiko, Panaca, Rachel, Ursine, and others. The county has always been sparsely settled. Like other areas of the Great Basin, the altitude is high. The weather is generally dry and especially hot in the summer and cold in the winter.

Lincoln County was created in 1866 from the eastern part of Nye County when the boundaries of Nevada were extended to the east and south incorporating land formerly in Utah and Arizona territories. Clark County was created in 1909 from the southern half of Lincoln County. The original county seat was Crystal Springs until 1867. Hiko was the county seat from 1867 to 1871, and Pioche became the county seat in 1871.

Lincoln County is named in honor of President Abraham Lincoln, although the original legislative bill had proposed the name Stewart County.


Related Project Sites

The following USGenWeb Project websites are for counties which border Lincoln County.

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Created Apr. 12, 2008

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