Burt County, Nebraska Genealogy

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Burt County

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


Burt County, Nebraska was formed in 1854. The County seat is Tekamah.[2] Burt County was named for Francis Burt.[3]

County Courthouse

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

Beginning Dates for Major County Records[4]
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

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

Boundary Changes

Populated Places

The following are locations in Burt County, Nebraska:[5]




Unincorporated communities


Ghost towns

History Timeline


Bible Records


Business, Commerce, and Occupations


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

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

1890-1 Business Directory & Farmer's List of the Nebraska State Gazetteer : Burt County

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

State Census Records

Church Records

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.

Court Records


Emigration and Immigration

Ethnic, Political, and Religious Groups

Funeral Homes



Land and Property Records

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

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.)

"Burt County Nebraska in the World War, VICTORY" 1919 , published by The Burt County Herald, Tekamah, NE. (Produced by William Wever, T&C Miller with index.)Republished on the web by NEGenWeb Project Resource Center On-Line Library.

"Noteworthy Men of Tekamah and Vicinity", by Ott Brothers, 1905. Republished on the web by NEGenWeb Project Resource Center On-Line Library.

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 Books Online

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).

Who's Who in Burt County, Nebraska, 1940. by Douglas C. Sutherland. Transcribed by Karen Elliott for NEGenWeb Project.

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 Books Online

1884 Atlas of State: Record of County Officials of Burt County, Nebraska 1855 - 1884. Transcribed and submitted by Bonnie Marks for USGenWeb Project.

"Nebraska... Our Towns" contains short histories of the individual towns in Burt county. "Historical Nebraska" is part of "Virtual Nebraska" by the University of Nebraska, Lincoln.

Maps and Gazetteers

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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.


Military Records

Revolutionary War

Civil War

World War I

Naturalization and Citizenship


For information on Nebraska newspapers, see Nebraska Newspapers.

Nebraska Newspapers Online

Nebraska Newspaper Catalogs


Other Records


Probate Records

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 Records

School Records

Tax Records

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

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.





Research Facilities


Family History Centers

Family History Centers provide one-on-one assistance and free access to premium genealogical websites. In addition, many centers have free how-to genealogy classes.

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


  • Lyons Public Library
    335 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
  • Tekamah Public Library
    204 South 13th Street
    Tekamah, NE 68061-1304
    Phone: 402-374-2453




Research Guides


  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. http://genealogytrails.com/neb/burt/ accessed 10/26/2016
  3. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Burt_County,_Nebraska accessed 09/29/2016
  4. 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.
  5. Wikipedia contributors, "Burt County, Nebraska," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Burt_County,_Nebraska, accessed 29 July 2016.