Merrick County, Nebraska Genealogy

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

County Facts
County seat: Central City
Organized: November 4, 1858
Parent County(s): unorganized territory[1]
Neighboring Counties
Greeley  • Hall  • Hamilton  • Howard  • Nance  • Platte  • Polk
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Location Map
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County Information[edit | edit source]

Description[edit | edit source]

The County was named for Elvira Merrick. The County is located in east central area of the state.[2]

County Courthouse[edit | edit source]

Merrick County Courthouse
1510 18th Street
P.O. Box 27
Central City, NE 68826-0027
Phone: 308.946.2881
Merrick County Website

County Clerk has birth, and death records.
County Judge has marriage, divorce, probate and court records.
Register of Deeds has land records from 1873. [1]

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

Information for this chart was taken from various sources, often containing conflicting dates. This information should be taken as a guide and should be verified by contacting the county and/or the state government agency.

Known Beginning Dates for Major Records[3]
Birth* Marriage Death* Court Land Probate Census
1904 1869 1904 1858 1873 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
Census-designated places

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 Merrick 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


Census Records[edit | edit source]

Historical populations
Census Pop.
1860 109
1870 557 411.0%
1880 5,341 858.9%
1890 8,758 64.0%
1900 9,255 5.7%
1910 10,379 12.1%
1920 10,763 3.7%
1930 10,619 −1.3%
1940 9,354 −11.9%
1950 8,812 −5.8%
1960 8,363 −5.1%
1970 8,751 4.6%
1980 8,945 2.2%
1990 8,049 −10.0%
2000 8,204 1.9%
2010 7,845 −4.4%
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Federal Censuses were taken for Nebraska starting in 1860. For links to Federal census indexes, see Nebraska Census.

For tips on accessing Merrick County, Nebraska Genealogy census records online, 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

Online Church Records

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.

Another resource published in 1921 is the Atlas and Plat Book of Merrick County Nebraska.

For more information see Nebraska Land and Property

Local Histories[edit | edit source]

Local histories are available for Merrick 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.

Maps and Gazetteers[edit | edit source]

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Migration[edit | edit source]

Early migration routes to and from Merrick County for European and African American settlers included:

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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.

Central City Nonpareil; Central City Republican; Central City Republican-Nonpareil; Central City Courier; Central City Record; Clarks News; Palmer Journal; Twin City Post; Silver Creek Sand; Silver Creek Times Nebraska Newspapers Online

Digital Archives of the Central City Public - (Silver Creek Sand, 20,393 Pages, 1908-1964; Central City Republican, 10,484 Pages, 1896-1925; Clarks Enterprise,7,395 Page, 1898-1931; Central City Courier,5,929 Pages, 1875-1894; Central City Nonpareil, 4,329 Pages, 1882-1911; Central City Democrat, 3,939 Pages,1895-1905; Silver Creek Times, 3,113 Pages, 1891-1902; Nonpareil, 2,221 Pages, 1897-1903; Palmer Journal, 2,139 Pages,1914-1919; Central City Record,2,099 Pages, 1905-1909; Clarks News 1,691 Pages, 1950-1957; Central City Republican and Record, 452 Pages, 1909-1910; Clarks Leader, 218 Pages, 1892-1897; Merrick County Item, 215 Pages, 1880-1881; Lone Tree Courier, 14 Pages, 1874-1875; Palmer Express, 88 Pages, 1899-1900; Palmer Record, 80 Pages,1901-1901; Central City Record and Central City Democrat, 16 Pages, 1905-1905; Enterprise,16 Pages,1899-1899. As of July 5, 2019) Community history Archive.

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 - Merrick - 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.

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 Merrick County. For state-wide archival repositories, see Nebraska Archives and Libraries.

Family History Centers[edit | edit source]

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  • Family History Centers provide one-on-one assistance, free access to center-only databases, and to premium genealogical websites.
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Local Centers and Affiliate Libraries

Libraries[edit | edit source]

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

Museums[edit | edit source]

Societies[edit | edit source]

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

  • Merrick County Historical Society
    211 East St.
    Central City, NE 68826

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. Wikipedia contributors, "Merrick, Nebraska," in,_Nebraska" accessed 8/22/2018
  3. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Merrick 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, "Merrick County, Nebraska," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia,,_Nebraska, accessed 4 February 2019.
  5. Jim Tompkins, "The Oregon Trail 1841-1848 Map I" in Oregon Trail Landmarks at (accessed 18 July 2011).
  6. "Oregon California Trails Association" at (accessed 18 July 2011).
  7. "The Pioneer Story: The Mormon Pioneer Trail" in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints at (accessed 18 July 2011).