Knox County, Nebraska Genealogy

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Knox County

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

County Facts
County seat: Center
Organized: February 10, 1857
Parent County(s): Pierce and unorganized territory[1]
Neighboring Counties
Antelope  • Bon Homme (SD)  • Boyd  • Cedar  • Charles Mix (SD)  • Holt  • Pierce  • Yankton (SD)
See County Maps
Location Map
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County Information


Henry Knox

The county is named for General Henry Knox (1750-1806), Revolutionary War hero, and the nation's first Secretary of War.[2]

County Courthouse

Knox County Courthouse
206 Main St
P.O. Box 166
Center, NE 68742
Phone: 402-288-4478
Knox County Website

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

Knox County, Nebraska Record Dates

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
1857 1857 1857 1860

Record Loss

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

Boundary Changes

Populated Places

The following are locations in Knox County, Nebraska:[4]


  • Bloomfield
  • Creighton
  • Crofton

Unincorporated communities

  • Dukeville
  • Jelen
  • Knoxville
  • Mars
  • Pishelville
  • Sparta
  • Venus
  • Walnut


  • Bazile Mills
  • Center
  • Niobrara
  • Santee
  • Verdel
  • Verdigre
  • Wausa
  • Winnetoon

Census-designated place

  • Lindy


  • Addison
  • Bohemia
  • Central
  • Cleveland
  • Columbia
  • Creighton
  • Dolphin
  • Dowling
  • Eastern
  • Frankfort
  • Harrison
  • Herrick
  • Hill
  • Jefferson
  • Lincoln
  • Logan
  • Miller
  • Morton
  • Niobrara
  • North Frankfort
  • Peoria
  • Raymond
  • Spade
  • Sparta
  • Union
  • Valley
  • Verdigre
  • Walnut Grove
  • Washington
  • Western

History Timeline


Bible Records


Business, Commerce, and Occupations


Cemeteries of Knox 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

  L'Eau Qui Court Cemetery is on land purchased on June 19, 1874 by the L'Eau Qui Court Cemetery Company. The company was formed to lay out and establish a cemetery in the vicinity of the town of Niobrara, Knox Co., Nebraska. No records are available from June 1874 to May 19, 1922. Louis Dose, the undertaker had all of those records in his possession. They were destroyed in a fire of the Opocensky Store in 1922. A new plat was creates, deeds recorded for lots purchased were marked on the new plat and the members of the Cemetery Board carefully searched the cemetery grounds marking every known grave on that plat. L'Eau Qui Court Cemetery is one of the oldest cemeteries in the state of Nebraska which was duly and legally organized as a cemetery association. It is the resting place for many of our war dead. Civil War veterans are resting in final peace in many of the plots. This cemetery has a grave of the "Unknown Soldier, Known Only to God". Many pioneers have returned to their native soil for their eternal resting place.

Census Records

Historical populations
Census Pop.  %±
1860 152
1870 261 71.7%
1880 3,666 1304.6%
1890 8,582 134.1%
1900 14,343 67.1%
1910 18,358 28.0%
1920 18,894 2.9%
1930 19,110 1.1%
1940 16,478 −13.8%
1950 14,820 −10.1%
1960 13,300 −10.3%
1970 11,723 −11.9%
1980 11,457 −2.3%
1990 9,534 −16.8%
2000 9,374 −1.7%
2010 8,701 −7.2%
Source: "".

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

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



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 - Knox - 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.

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.


  • Creighton Community Public Library
    701 State Street
    Creighton, NE 68729
    Phone: 402-358-5115
    Fax: 402-358-3767
    Director: Lisa Macke
  • Verdigre City Public Library
    101 East 3rd Avenue
    Phone: 402.668.2677
    Librarian: Jill Stark
  • Eastern Township Library
    206 Main S
    Crofton, NE 68730
    Phone: 402-388-4915




  • 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


  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. "Henry Knox," Wikipedia,
  3. Alice Eichholz, Ancestry’s Red Book: American State, County and Town Sources, Revised ed. (Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1992), 452-465. At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27rb 1992
  4. Wikipedia contributors, "Knox County, Nebraska," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia,,_Nebraska, accessed 1 August 2016.