Lancaster County, Nebraska Genealogy

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United States
Lancaster County
Lancaster County, Nebraska
Map of Nebraska highlighting Lancaster County
Location in the state of Nebraska
Map of the U.S. highlighting Nebraska
Location of Nebraska in the U.S.
Founded March 6, 1855
County Seat Lincoln
Address Lancaster County Courthouse
555 S. 10th Street
Lincoln, NE 68508
Phone: 402.441.7484
County Website

Lancaster County, Nebraska genealogy and family history research page. Guide to genealogy, history, and courthouse sources including birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, wills, deeds and land records, Civil War records, family histories, cemeteries, churches, tax records, newspapers, and obituaries.


County Information

Lancaster County, Nebraska Record Dates

Beginning Dates for Major County Records
Birth Marriage Death Census Land Probate
1866 1860 1858 1866

County Courthouse

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


Parent County

1855 Lancaster County was created 6 March 1855 from Cass and Pierce(old) Counties. County seat: Lincoln [2]


Boundary Changes

Record Loss

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


Populated Places [3]

  • Hickman
  • Lincoln
  • Waverly
  • Bennet
  • Davey
  • Denton
  • Firth
  • Hallam
  • Malcolm
  • Panama
  • Raymond
  • Roca
  • Sprague
Census-designated place
  • Walton
Unincorporated communities
  • Agnew
  • Arbor
  • Berks
  • Bethany
  • Cheney
  • College View
  • Emerald
  • Holland
  • Kramer
  • Martell
  • Prairie Home
  • Princeton
  • Rokeby
  • Saltillo
Census divisions

Lancaster County is divided into the following census divisions, called precincts, except for the City of Lincoln.

  • Buda
  • Centerville
  • Denton
  • Elk
  • Grant
  • Highland
  • Lancaster
  • City of Lincoln
  • Lincoln
  • Little Salt
  • Middle Creek
  • Mill
  • Nemaha
  • North Bluff
  • Oak
  • Olive Branch
  • Panama
  • Rock Creek
  • Saltillo
  • South Pass
  • Stevens Creek
  • Stockton
  • Waverly
  • West Oak
  • Yankee Hill

Neighboring Counties



Tombstone Transcriptions Online Tombstone Transcriptions in Print List of Cemeteries in the county Family History Library
NEGenWeb Billion Graves
NEGenWeb Archives
Tombstone Project
Nebraska Cemeteries
Billion Graves
See Nebraska Cemeteries for more information.


Historical populations
Census Pop.  %±
1860 153
1870 7,074 4523.5%
1880 28,090 297.1%
1890 76,395 172.0%
1900 64,835 −15.1%
1910 73,793 13.8%
1920 85,902 16.4%
1930 100,324 16.8%
1940 100,585 0.3%
1950 119,742 19.0%
1960 155,272 29.7%
1970 167,972 8.2%
1980 192,884 14.8%
1990 213,641 10.8%
2000 250,291 17.2%
2010 285,407 14.0%
Source: "".
State Census Records
Federal Census Records

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

For tips on accessing Lancaster County, Nebraska Genealogy census records online, see: Nebraska Census.


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.

  • Records of the American Lutheran Church, Lancaster County, in Evangelical Lutheran Church in America database at ($).[4]



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 Lancaster 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



Revolutionary War
Civil War


For information on Nebraska newspapers, see Nebraska Newspapers. Nebraska Newspapers Online

Nebraska Newspaper Catalogs


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 - Lancaster - Probate records.

Online Probate 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.

Marriage Records

Online Marriage Records Indexes and Images

Societies and Libraries

County, Township and City Societies

  • Lincoln-lancaster County Genealogy Society
    P.O. Box 30055
    Lincoln 68503


  • Gere Branch Library
    2400 South 56th Street (68506)
    (S. 56th St. & Normal Blvd.) Lincoln
    (402) 441-8560

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. See family history center for more information. Search the online FHC directory for a nearby family history center.



  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Lancaster County, Nebraska page 432, At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  2. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).
  3. Wikipedia contributors, "Lancaster County, Nebraska," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia,,_Nebraska, accessed 1 August 2016.
  4. "Evangelical Lutheran Church in America: An Inventory of Selected Congregational Records of the American Lutheran Church in Minnesota at the Minnesota Historical Society," Collection Finding Aids, Minnesota Historical Society,, accessed 10 June 2013.