Burt County, Nebraska Genealogy

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Guide to Burt County, Nebraska ancestry, genealogy and family history, birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, and military records.

County Facts
County seat: Tekamah
Organized: November 23, 1854
Parent County(s): Original county[1]
Neighboring Counties
Cuming  • Dodge  • Harrison (IA)  • Monona (IA)  • Thurston  • Washington
See County Maps
Location Map
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County Information[edit | edit source]

Description[edit | edit source]

Burt County was named for Francis Burt. It is located in the east central area of the state.[2]

County Courthouse[edit | edit source]

Burt County Courthouse
111 N. 13th Street, Suite 9
Tekamah, NE 68061-1043
Phone: 402-374-2950
Burt County Website

County Clerk has marriage and land records.
County Judge has probate and court records.
Clerk District Court has divorce records. [1]

Burt County, Nebraska Record Dates[edit | edit source]

Beginning Dates for Major County Records[3]
Birth* Marriage Death* Court Land Probate Census
1904 1864 1904 1858 1857 1858 1854
*Statewide registration for births and deaths started in late 1904. General compliance by 1920.

Record Loss[edit | edit source]

There is no known history of courthouse disasters in this county.

Boundary Changes[edit | edit source]

Populated Places[edit | edit source]

For a complete list of populated places, including small neighborhoods and suburbs, visit Hometown Locator. The following are the most historically and genealogically relevant populated places in this county:[4]

Unincorporated communities
Ghost towns

History Timeline[edit | edit source]

Resources[edit | edit source]

Bible Records[edit | edit source]

Biographies[edit | edit source]

Business, Commerce, and Occupations[edit | edit source]

Cemeteries[edit | edit source]

Cemeteries of Burt County, Nebraska online and in print
Tombstone Transcriptions Online
Tombstone Transcriptions in Print (Often more complete)
List of Cemeteries in the County
See Nebraska Cemeteries for more information

Check Cemeteries in Google Maps for Cemetery Location

Census Records[edit | edit source]

Historical populations
Census Pop.
1860 388
1870 2,847 633.8%
1880 6,937 143.7%
1890 11,609 67.3%
1900 13,040 12.3%
1910 12,726 −2.4%
1920 12,559 −1.3%
1930 13,062 4.0%
1940 12,546 −4.0%
1950 11,536 −8.1%
1960 10,192 −11.7%
1970 9,247 −9.3%
1980 8,813 −4.7%
1990 7,868 −10.7%
2000 7,791 −1.0%
2010 6,858 −12.0%
Source: "Wikipedia.org".

In addition to the federal census of 1860, 1870, 1880, 1900, 1910, 1920, 1930, and 1940 Burt County can also be found in several territorial and state census. For tips on accessing Burt County, Nebraska Genealogy census records online, see: Nebraska Census.

1854 NE Territorial Census, District 6 (Burt & Washington Counties)

1856 NE Territorial Census for Burt County

Burt County Taxes of April 1872

1885 NE State Census for Burt County

Burt County odds and ends

Business Directory and Farmer's Listof the Nebraska State Gazetteer: Burt County

1890 Farmers List

Federal Censuses were taken for Nebraska starting in 1860. For links to Federal census indexes, see Nebraska Census.

State Census Records

Church Records[edit | edit source]

Church records vary significantly depending on the denomination and the record keeper. They may contain information about members of the congregation, such as age, date of baptism, christening, or birth; marriage information and maiden names; and death date. For general information about Nebraska denominations, view the Nebraska Church Records wiki page.
List of Churches and Church Parishes

Court Records[edit | edit source]

Directories[edit | edit source]

Emigration and Immigration[edit | edit source]

Ethnic, Political, and Religious Groups[edit | edit source]

Funeral Homes[edit | edit source]

Genealogies[edit | edit source]

Guardianship[edit | edit source]

Land and Property Records[edit | edit source]

Land and property records can place an ancestor in a particular location, provide economic information, and reveal family relationships. Land records include: deeds, abstracts and indexes, mortgages, leases, grants and land patents.

See Nebraska Land and Property for additional information about early Nebraska land grants. After land was transferred to private ownership, subsequent transactions were usually recorded at the county courthouse, where records are currently housed.

For more information see Nebraska Land and Property

Local Histories[edit | edit source]

Local histories are available for Burt County, Nebraska Genealogy. County histories may include biographies, church, school and government history, and military information. For more information about local histories, see the wiki page section Nebraska Local Histories.

History of the State of Nebraska first published in 1882 by The Western Historical Company, A. T. Andreas, Proprietor, Chicago, IL. Includes a detailed chapter on Burt County. Republished on the web by NEGenWeb Project Resource Center On-Line Library. Andreas' History of the State of Nebraska: Burt County Produced by Karen Elliott.) also included are Biographical sketches of Tekamah, Arizona, Riverside, Decatur, Alder Grove, Oakland, Lyons Bancroft. Biographical Sketches

  • A history of Burt County, Nebraska: from 1803 to 1929. Wahoo, Neb.: Ludi Print. Co., [1929?] Available online through Heritage Quest (check with your local library through which you may have access already to Heritage Quests databases); FamilySearch Digital Library.
  • Story of an old town: with reminiscences of early Nebraska and biographies of pioneers by DeMilt, A. P. Omaha, Neb.: Douglas Print. Co. 1902 [about Decatur, Burt County, NE, chapter 6 is about early Burt County in general with biographical sketches] Available online through Heritage Quest (check with your local library through which you may have access already to Heritage Quests databases).
  • A Craig scrapbook: a story of a village in Burt County, Nebraska by Lang, Russell Clark; Baltimore, Maryland: Gateway Press, c2008 Available online by BYU Digital Archives. FamilySearch Digital Library.

Maps and Gazetteers[edit | edit source]

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Click a neighboring county
for more resources

Burt County website has a group of useful maps including very detailed road, county, and city maps.

Nebraska Department of Roads website lists a number of very detailed historic maps.

Migration[edit | edit source]

Military Records[edit | edit source]

Revolutionary War[edit | edit source]

Civil War[edit | edit source]

World War I[edit | edit source]

World War II[edit | edit source]

Naturalization and Citizenship[edit | edit source]

Newspapers[edit | edit source]

For information on Nebraska newspapers, see Nebraska Newspapers.

Nebraska Newspapers Online

Nebraska Newspaper Catalogs

Obituaries[edit | edit source]

Other Records[edit | edit source]

Periodicals[edit | edit source]

Probate Records[edit | edit source]

In most counties in Nebraska, probate records have been kept by the county judge. They include wills, fee books, claim registers, legacy records, inheritance records, probate ticklers, and dockets. The records are available at the county courthouse.

The FamilySearch Catalog lists films of probate records. To find the records for this county, use the Place Search for Nebraska - Burt - Probate records.

Online Probate Indexes and Records

School Records[edit | edit source]

Social Security Records[edit | edit source]

Tax Records[edit | edit source]

Nebraska tax records complement land records and can be used in place of censuses before 1820 or to supplement the years between censuses. There may be gaps of several years in the records.

Burt County Taxes of April 1872

Vital Records[edit | edit source]

Vital Records consist of births, adoptions, marriages, divorces, and deaths recorded on registers, certificates, and documents. A copy or an extract of most original records can be purchased from the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services or the County Clerk's office of the county where the event occurred.

Birth[edit | edit source]

Marriage[edit | edit source]

Death[edit | edit source]

Divorce[edit | edit source]

Research Facilities[edit | edit source]

Archives[edit | edit source]

Listed below are archives in Burt County. For state-wide archival repositories, see Nebraska Archives and Libraries.

Family History Centers[edit | edit source]

Family History Center and Affiliate Library Locator map - search for local Family History Centers or Affiliate Libraries

  • Family History Centers provide one-on-one assistance, free access to center-only databases, and to premium genealogical websites.
  • FamilySearch Affiliate Libraries have access to most center-only databases, but may not always have full services normally provided by a family history center.

Local Centers and Affiliate Libraries

  • Swedish Heritage Center
    301 North Chard Avenue
    Oakland, NE 68045
    Phone: 402-685-6161 or 402-685-5057

Libraries[edit | edit source]

Listed below are libraries in Burt County. For state-wide library facilities, see Nebraska Archives and Libraries.

  • Lyons Public Library
    305 Main Street
    Lyons, NE 68038-0198
    Phone: 402-687-2895
  • Oakland Public Library
    110 East 3rd Street
    Oakland, NE 68045-1356
    Phone: 402-685-5113
    Email: books@oakland-library.org
  • Tekamah Public Library
    204 South 13th Street
    Tekamah, NE 68061-1304
    Phone: 402-374-2453

Museums[edit | edit source]

Societies[edit | edit source]

Listed below are societies in Burt County. For state-wide genealogical societies, see Nebraska Societies.

Websites[edit | edit source]

Research Guides[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Nebraska. At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  2. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Burt_County,_Nebraska accessed 09/29/2016
  3. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Burt County, Nebraska. Page 428-435 At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002; Alice Eichholz, ed. Ancestry’s Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources, Third ed. (Provo, Utah: Ancestry, 2004), 417-420.
  4. Wikipedia contributors, "Burt County, Nebraska," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Burt_County,_Nebraska, accessed 17 January 2019.