Perkins County, Nebraska Genealogy

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Perkins County
 

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

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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
Courthouse
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Location Map
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County Information

Description

Perkins County is located in the southwestern part of the state.[2] Perkins County was organized in 1887. It is believed to have been named after Charles E. Perkins, the president of the Chicago, Burlington and Quincy Railroad. [3]

County Courthouse

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

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
1888 1887 1887 1890

Record Loss

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

Boundary Changes

Populated Places

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

  • Brandon
  • Elsie
  • Grainton
  • Grant
  • Madrid
  • Venango

History Timeline

Additional Information
Perkins County, Nebraska Genealogy

United States
Nebraska
Perkins County
Perkins County, Nebraska
Map
Map of Nebraska highlighting Perkins County
Location in the state of Nebraska
Map of the U.S. highlighting Nebraska
Location of Nebraska in the U.S.
Facts
Founded November 8, 1887
County Seat Grant
Courthouse
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Address Perkins County Courthouse
200 Lincoln Ave.
P.O. Box 156
Grant, NE 69140-0156
Phone: 308.352.7560


Perkins 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.

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Resources

Bible Records

Biographies

Business, Commerce, and Occupations

Cemeteries

Cemeteries of Perkins 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.  %±
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%
Source: "Wikipedia.org".

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

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

Directories

Emigration and Immigration

Ethnic, Political, and Religious Groups

Funeral Homes

Genealogies

Guardianship

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.

Online Land Records

For more information see Nebraska Land and Property

Local Histories

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

Migration

Military Records

Revolutionary War

Civil War

World War I

Naturalization and Citizenship

Newspapers

For information on Nebraska newspapers, see Nebraska Newspapers.

Nebraska Newspapers Online

Nebraska Newspaper Catalogs

Obituaries

Other Records

Periodicals

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 - Perkins - 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.

Birth

Marriage

Death

Divorce

Research Facilities

Archives

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.

Libraries

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

Museums

Societies

Websites

  • 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

References

  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/perkins/ accessed 09/29/2016
  3. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Perkins_County,_Nebraska accessed 09/29/2016
  4. 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
  5. Wikipedia contributors, "Perkins County, Nebraska," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Perkins_County,_Nebraska, accessed 1 August 2016.