Washington County, Nebraska Genealogy

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Washington County

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

County Facts
County seat: Blair
Organized: November 23, 1854
Parent County(s): Original county[1]
Neighboring Counties
Burt  • Dodge  • Douglas  • Harrison (IA)  • Pottawattamie (IA)
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Location Map
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County Information


The County was named for George Washington. The County has Blair as its seat and the County was created 1855. The County is located in east central area of the state. [2]

County Courthouse

Washington County Courthouse
1555 Colfax Street
Blair, NE 68008
Phone: 402.426.6822
Washington County Website

County Clerk has birth, death, burial and land records.
County Judge has marriage, probate and court records.
Clerk District Court has divorce court.[1]

Washington 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
1904 1856 1904 1855 1857 1855 1854
Statewide registration for births and deaths started in late 1904. General compliance by 1920.

Record Loss

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

Boundary Changes

Populated Places

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


  • Blair
  • Fort Calhoun


  • Arlington
  • Herman
  • Kennard
  • Washington

Unincorporated communities

  • De Soto
  • Nashville
  • Orum
  • Telbasta

Census-designated place

  • Fontanelle


  • Township 1
  • Township 2
  • Township 5
  • Township 6
  • Township 7

History Timeline


Bible Records


Business, Commerce, and Occupations


Cemeteries of Washington 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.  %±
1860 1,249
1870 4,452 256.4%
1880 8,631 93.9%
1890 11,869 37.5%
1900 13,086 10.3%
1910 12,738 −2.7%
1920 12,180 −4.4%
1930 12,095 −0.7%
1940 11,578 −4.3%
1950 11,511 −0.6%
1960 12,103 5.1%
1970 13,310 10.0%
1980 15,508 16.5%
1990 16,607 7.1%
2000 18,780 13.1%
2010 20,234 7.7%
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 Washington 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.

Online Land Records

For more information see Nebraska Land and Property

Local Histories

Local histories are available for Washington 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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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 - Washington - 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.


  • Blair Public Library
    210 S. 17th Street
    Blair, Nebraska 68008
    Phone: 402-426-3617
    Fax: 402-426-3633
    Email: mail@BlairPublicLibrary.com




  • USGenWeb project. May have maps, name indexes, history or other information for this county. Select the state, then the county.
  • Linkpendium
  • Genealogy Inc.
  • 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. Wikipedia contributors, "Washington, Nebraska," in https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Washington_County,_Nebraska accessed 8/27/2018
  3. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Washington 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.
  4. Wikipedia contributors, "Washington County, Nebraska," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Washington_County,_Nebraska, accessed 2 August 2016.