Pierce County, Nebraska Genealogy

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Pierce County
 

Guide to Pierce 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: Pierce
Organized: January 26, 1856
Parent County(s): Izard and unorganized territory[1]
Neighboring Counties
Antelope  • Cedar  • Knox  • Madison  • Stanton  • Wayne
See County Maps
Courthouse
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Location Map
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Adoption


County Information

Description

The county was formed in 1859 and named after President Franklin Pierce.[2]

County Courthouse

Pierce County Courthouse
111 W. Court Street, Room 1
Pierce, NE 68767
Phone: 402-329-4225
Pierce County Website

County Clerk has marriage, land and military records.
Clerk District Court has divorce and naturalization records.
County Court has probate records.
Superintendent has school attendance records. [1]

Pierce 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
1879 1856 1856 1870

Record Loss

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

Boundary Changes

Populated Places

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

  • Breslau
  • Foster
  • Hadar
  • McLean
  • Osmond
  • Pierce
  • Plainview
  • Wee Town

History Timeline

Resources

Bible Records

Biographies

Business, Commerce, and Occupations

Cemeteries

Cemeteries of Pierce 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 152
1880 1,202 690.8%
1890 4,864 304.7%
1900 8,445 73.6%
1910 10,122 19.9%
1920 10,681 5.5%
1930 11,080 3.7%
1940 10,211 −7.8%
1950 9,405 −7.9%
1960 8,722 −7.3%
1970 8,493 −2.6%
1980 8,481 −0.1%
1990 7,827 −7.7%
2000 7,857 0.4%
2010 7,266 −7.5%
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 Pierce 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.

Lutheran

  • Records of Hope Lutheran Church, McLean, in Evangelical Lutheran Church in America database at Archives.com ($).

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 Pierce 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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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 - Pierce - Probate records.

Online Probation 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

  • Pierce Public Library
    207 West Court,
    Pierce, NE, USA
    Phone: 402-329-6442
    Fax: 402-329-6442
    e-mail: pplib@ptcnet.net
  • Lied Randolph Public Library
    111 N. Douglas
    P.O. Box 307
    Randolph, NE 68771
    Phone: 402-337-0046
    Email: librarian@rlibrary.org
    Director: Peggy Leiting
    Assistant Director: Julie Pfanstiel

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. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pierce_County,_Nebraska accessed 09/29/2016
  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, "Pierce County, Nebraska," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pierce_County,_Nebraska.