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Genealogy Research Resources

In addition those listed below, Washoe County Library System offers several resources that may be of use in performing genealogical research. The library catalog includes numerous instructional books on the subject, and the Downtown Reno Library holds local city directories, telephone books, clipping files, and a complete collection of Reno newspapers on microfilm.

If you are just getting started, Truckee Meadows Community College has this helpful guide with links to additional resources.


Newspaper Archive
Contains tens of millions of searchable newspaper pages, dating as far back as the 1700s. Includes most Reno newspapers from the 1870s through 1977. (In-library use at Downtown Reno and Sparks branches only)

Reno Gazette-Journal
Search and browse recent and historical articles. Digital access includes text archives (1999-present), digital microfilm (2009-present), and historic Reno newspapers (1870s-1977).

Chronicling America
A website providing access to information about historic newspapers and select digitized newspaper pages, produced by the National Digital Newspaper Program, a partnership between the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Library of Congress.

Vital Statistics

A nonprofit family history organization dedicated to connecting families across generations. FamilySearch is free to use but requires an account set up.

Washoe County Birth and Death Records
All birth and death records are kept in the Office of the County Recorder. No free index is available.

Washoe County Divorce Records
All Washoe County divorce records are held in the Second Judicial District Court. No free index is available.

Washoe County Marriage Index
Covers 1970 to present with instructions on ordering marriage certificates.


The Tombstone Transcription Project
A listing of cemeteries in Washoe County with some indexing and photos.

Find a Grave
A website that is searchable by name and location.


University of Nevada, Reno: Nevada In Maps
Digitized maps of Nevada, including Sanborn maps, History maps, and US Geological Survey maps.


Reno Nevada Family History Center
Associated with the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, this center has local resources for Washoe County as well as access to Ancestry.com.

World Cat
The world’s largest library catalog can help find books, manuscripts, and other resources that can be ordered through our interlibrary loan program.



Always-available ebooks in all romance genres

Digital Magazines

Instant access to your favorite magazines, now with thousands of new titles

OverDrive Ebooks and Audiobooks

Our main digital collection, with thousands of ebooks and audiobooks

The New York Times

Complimentary digital access to The New York Times


A collection of always-available audiobooks for all ages


Learn popular technology, apps, and websites with a senior focus

Small Engine Repair Reference Center

Detailed, user-friendly repair guides for all manner of small engines

NoveList Plus

Reading recommendations, series information, and more tools for readers


Learn one of 70 languages, including Spanish, Mandarin, and even Pirate


Creative, business, and technology courses for in-depth learning

Computer Skills Center

Video courses to learn popular software and computer basics

WorldBook Online

With activities and a suite of research tools, it's more than an encyclopedia

TumbleMath K-6

Animated, narrated math stories and other elementary school math resources

TumbleBook Library

A collection of talking, animated picture books and ebooks for kids


Ebooks, graphic novels, and more for teens and tweens

OverDrive Ebooks and Audiobooks

Our main digital collection, with thousands of ebooks and audiobooks

WorldBook Online

With activities and a suite of research tools, it's more than an encyclopedia

Brainfuse HelpNow

Live homework help, writing lab, test prep, and other student resources


Research resources and tools for students and teachers