The Nevada State Constitution created the elective office of Surveyor General. The first State Legislature in 1865 spelled out the powers and duties of the office, which included selling state land. In 1957, the office was eliminated and the responsibilities were transferred to the Division of State Lands in the newly created Department of Conservation and Natural Resources. The State Land Office in the Division serves as the "real estate" agency of the State for all agencies except the Legislature, the University system, and the Department of Transportation. The agency holds title to state lands and interests in land. The agency buys land needed by the state and sells excess land. The agency issues leases, easements, permits and other authorizations for the use of state land. The land office also keeps records of all lands that have ever been owned by the State, and provides land records information upon request. http://lands.nv.gov/patents/patents.htm
These land patents document the transfer of land ownership from the State government to individuals. The land patent records include the information recorded when ownership was transferred including the name of the buyer, a legal description of the land, date of sale any easements for roads and waterways and public utilities.
All land patent numbers are searchable in a five digit format (i.e. 00001) or by the patentee name. Should you have any questions or require a certified or original copy of a land patent please contact the Nevada State Archives at 775-684-3310, Monday through Friday, between the hours of 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., or use this link: http://nsla.nv.gov/Archives/Ask_an_Archivist