Nebraska County Resources

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This entry was originally written by Marsha Hoffman Rising, CG, FUGA, FASG and Dwight Radford for Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources.

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The Nebraska State Historical Society has a microfilming partnership with the Genealogical Society of Utah to preserve county records. The county marriage registers have been among the first completed with naturalization and deed records in process. The available microfilm can be viewed at the Nebraska State Historical Society and the FHL. The Nebraska State Genealogical Society has published Research Guides for Genealogical Data for the majority of Nebraska’s counties. This ongoing project will publish additional guides in the future.

Current links to each county’s government can be found at the State of Nebraska website. In the chart below, dates in parentheses indicate the year the county was organized as opposed to the year it was formed. “Original” counties were established in 1854 when territorial government was created. “Unorganized” land refers to counties added later from land not organized under territorial government.

The dates for records on the following chart are based on a comparison of the catalog of the Nebraska Historical Society, the Family History Library Catalog, the various county inventories produced by the Nebraska Genealogical Society, and the USGenWeb site for Nebraska. The source for county formations is Nebraska: A Guide to Genealogical Research by the Nebraska State Genealogical Society, which references three standard works in compiling its data. The years for records were taken from various county guides produced by the society.

The county clerk can be expected to hold county commissioners’ minutes, notary records, and delayed birth registrations. Other records of interest to the researcher include military discharges, voter registrations, estray notices, marks and brands, physician’s registers, farm and ranch names, and school registers. A few county commissioners’ minutes are at the Nebraska State Historical Society.

Few births or deaths were kept before statewide recording (see Nebraska Vital Records). Marriages are at the county clerk, deeds are at the register of deeds, and probates are at the clerk of the county court, as are court records dealing with civil matters.

Map County County Address Date Formed Parent County(ies) Birth Marriage Death Land Probate Court
G6 Adams 500 W. Fifth, Rm. 109, Hastings 68901-7509 1867 unorganized —— 1872 —— 1871 1871 1872
This is a big fat note that I am hoping will appear in the right place.
H3 Antelope 501 Main St., Rm. 109, Neligh 68756-1466 1871 unorganized —— 1876 —— 1871 1871 1871
C4 Arthur 205 First St./P.O. Box 126, Arthur 69121-0126 1887 (1913*) McPherson —— 1914 —— 1913 1913 1913
*Earlier records attached to McPherson County