Perkins County, Nebraska Genealogy

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

County Facts
County seat: Grant
Organized: November 8, 1887
Parent County(s): Keith[1]
Neighboring Counties
Chase  • Deuel  • Hayes  • Keith  • Lincoln  • Phillips (CO)  • Sedgwick (CO)
See County Maps
Location Map
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County Information[edit | edit source]

Description[edit | edit source]

Perkins County is located in the southwestern part of the state.[2] It is believed to have been named after Charles E. Perkins, the president of the Chicago, Burlington and Quincy Railroad.[3]

County Courthouse[edit | edit source]

Perkins County Courthouse
200 Lincoln Ave.
P.O. Box 156
Grant, NE 69140-0156
Phone: 308.352.7560
Perkins County Website

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

Perkins 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[4]
Birth* Marriage Death* Court Land Probate Census
1904 1888 1904 1887 1887 1887 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:[5]

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 Perkins County, Nebraska online and in print
Tombstone Transcriptions Online
Tombstone Transcriptions in Print (Often more complete)
  • No Information available at this time
List of Cemeteries in the County
See Nebraska Cemeteries for more information


Census Records[edit | edit source]

Historical populations
Census Pop.
1890 4,364
1900 1,702 −61.0%
1910 2,570 51.0%
1920 3,967 54.4%
1930 5,834 47.1%
1940 5,197 −10.9%
1950 4,809 −7.5%
1960 4,189 −12.9%
1970 3,423 −18.3%
1980 3,637 6.3%
1990 3,367 −7.4%
2000 3,200 −5.0%
2010 2,970 −7.2%
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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 Perkins 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.

Online Land Records

For more information see Nebraska Land and Property

Local Histories[edit | edit source]

Local histories are available for Perkins 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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Click a neighboring county
for more resources

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 - Perkins - 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 Perkins 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

Libraries[edit | edit source]

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

  • Paxton Public Library
    110 N Oak St
    PO Box 278
    Paxton, NE 69155-0278
    Phone: 308-239-4763
    Fax: 308-239-2376
    Director: Dianne Jay
  • Goodall City Library
    203 West A St.
    Ogallala, NE 69153
    Phone: 308-284-4354
    Fax: 308-284-6390
    Director: KENDRA CASKEY
  • Big Springs Public Library
    400 Pine St
    PO Box 192
    Big Springs, NE 69122-0192
    Phone: 308-889-3482
    Director: Janey Jimenez

Museums[edit | edit source]

Societies[edit | edit source]

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

  • Perkins County Historical Society
    605 Central Ave
    P.O. Box 37
    Grant, NE 69140

Websites[edit | edit source]

  • NEGenWeb
  • USGenWeb project. May have maps, name indexes, history or other information for this county. Select the state, then the county.
  • FamilySearch Catalog - The FamilySearch catalog contains descriptions and access information for all genealogical materials (including books, online materials, microfilm, microfiche, and publications) in their collection.  Use Historical Records to search for specific individuals in genealogical records

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. accessed 09/29/2016
  3.,_Nebraska accessed 09/29/2016
  4. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Perkins 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.
  5. Wikipedia contributors, "Perkins County, Nebraska," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia,,_Nebraska, accessed 28 January 2019.