Lincoln County, Nebraska Genealogy

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Lincoln County

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

County Facts
County seat: North Platte
Organized: January 7, 1860
Parent County(s): unorganized territory[1]
Neighboring Counties
Custer  • Dawson  • Frontier  • Hayes  • Keith  • Logan  • McPherson  • Perkins
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Location Map
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County Information


Lincoln County is located in the western central part of the state. [2] Lincoln County was named after Abraham Lincoln. Founded 1866 and the County has North Platte as its seat.[3]

County Courthouse

Lincoln County Courthouse
301 N. Jeffers Street
North Platte, NE 69101
Phone: 308.534.4350
Lincoln County Website

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

Lincoln 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[4]
Birth* Marriage Death* Court Land Probate Census
1904 1862 1904 1866 1868 1868 1854
Statewide registration for births and deaths started in late 1904. General compliance by 1920.

Record Loss

1923 A fire burned the Lincoln County Courthouse. [5]

For suggestions about research in places that suffered historic record losses, see:

Boundary Changes

Populated Places

The following are locations in Lincoln County, Nebraska:[6]

  • Brady
  • Dickens
  • Hershey
  • Maxwell
  • North Platte
  • Sutherland
  • Wallace
  • Wellfleet

History Timeline


Bible Records


Business, Commerce, and Occupations


Cemeteries of Lincoln 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

Historical populations
Census Pop.  %±
1870 17
1880 3,632 21264.7%
1890 10,441 187.5%
1900 11,416 9.3%
1910 15,684 37.4%
1920 23,420 49.3%
1930 25,627 9.4%
1940 25,425 −0.8%
1950 27,380 7.7%
1960 28,491 4.1%
1970 29,538 3.7%
1980 36,455 23.4%
1990 32,508 −10.8%
2000 34,632 6.5%
2010 36,288 4.8%
Source: "".

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

For tips on accessing Lincoln 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.

LDS Ward and Branch Records

  • Lincoln District: Created in 1935 from the East Nebraska District, was a unit of the Western States Mission. Record of members 1935-1941 
  • North Platte: Record of members 1929-1941

Court Records

There is a District Court and a County Court in Lincoln County. District courts primarily hear felony criminal cases, equity cases, and civil cases involving more than $51,000. County courts handle misdemeanor cases; traffic and municipal ordinance violations; preliminary hearings in felony cases; civil cases involving $51,000 and less; small claims cases; some divorce cases; probate, guardianship, conservatorship, and adoption proceedings; and juvenile matters.

  • Lincoln County District Court
    PO Box 1616
    North Platte, Nebraska 69103
  • Lincoln County Court
    PO Box 519
    North Platte, NE 69103


Emigration and Immigration

Ethnic, Political, and Religious Groups

Funeral Homes


Surname Lists

Surname list of early settlers of North Platte area.


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 Lincoln 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

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

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 - Lincoln - 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.




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


  • 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. 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), Lincoln 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. Lincoln County Courthouse fire, Section 8, Page 2-3.
  6. Wikipedia contributors, "Lincoln County, Nebraska," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia,,_Nebraska, accessed 1 August 2016.
  7. Jim Tompkins, "The Oregon Trail 1841-1848 Map II" in Oregon Trail Landmarks at (accessed 18 July 2011).
  8. "Oregon California Trails Association" at (accessed 18 July 2011).
  9. "The Pioneer Story: The Mormon Pioneer Trail" in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints at (accessed 18 July 2011).