Burt County, Nebraska Genealogy

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Burt 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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Burt County, Nebraska
Map of Nebraska highlighting Burt County
Location in the state of Nebraska
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Location of Nebraska in the U.S.
Founded November 23, 1854
County Seat Tekamah
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Address Burt County Courthouse
111 N. 13th Street
Tekamah, Nebraska 68061-1043
Phone: 402.374.1955

County Courthouse

Burt County Courthouse
111 N 13th Street
Tekamah, NE 68061
Phone: 402.374.2955

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


Parent County

1854--Burt County was created 23 November 1854 as an original county. County seat: Tekamah [2]

Boundary Changes

Record Loss


Populated Places

  • Craig
  • Decatur
  • Lyons
  • Oakland
  • Tekamah

Neighboring Counties



Check Cemeteries in Google Maps

The following links may only be partial listings of the graves in these cemeteries.


In addition to the federal census of 1860, 1870, 1880, 1900, 1910, 1920, 1930, and 1940 Burt County can also be found in several territorial and state census. For tips on accessing Burt County, Nebraska Genealogy census records online, see: Nebraska Census. Some of those are posted online:

1854 NE Territorial Census, District 6 (Burt & Washington Counties)

1856 NE Territorial Census for Burt County

Burt County Taxes of April 1872

1885 NE State Census for Burt County

1890-1 Business Directory & Farmer's List of the Nebraska State Gazetteer : Burt County


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.



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.

Local Histories

Local histories are available for Burt 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.

History of the State of Nebraska first published in 1882 by The Western Historical Company, A. T. Andreas, Proprietor, Chicago, IL. Includes a detailed chapter on Burt County. Republished on the web by NEGenWeb Project Resource Center On-Line Library. (Andreas' History of the State of Nebraska: Burt County Produced by Karen Elliott.)

"Burt County Nebraska in the World War, VICTORY" 1919 , published by The Burt County Herald, Tekamah, NE. (Produced by William Wever, T&C Miller with index.)Republished on the web by NEGenWeb Project Resource Center On-Line Library.

"Noteworthy Men of Tekamah and Vicinity", by Ott Brothers, 1905. Republished on the web by NEGenWeb Project Resource Center On-Line Library.

A history of Burt County, Nebraska : from 1803 to 1929. Wahoo, Neb. : Ludi Print. Co., [1929?] Available online through Heritage Quest (check with your local library through which you may have access already to Heritage Quests databases) FamilySearch Books Online

Story of an old town : with reminiscences of early Nebraska and biographies of pioneers by DeMilt, A. P.  Omaha, Neb. : Douglas Print. Co. 1902 [about Decatur, Burt County, NE, chapter 6 is about early Burt County in general with biographical sketches] Available online through Heritage Quest (check with your local library through which you may have access already to Heritage Quests databases).

Who's Who in Burt County, Nebraska, 1940. by Douglas C. Sutherland. Transcribed by Karen Elliott for NEGenWeb Project.

A Craig scrapbook: a story of a village in Burt County, Nebraska by Lang, Russell Clark; Baltimore, Maryland: Gateway Press, c2008 Available online by BYU Digital Archives. FamilySearch Books Online

1884 Atlas of State: Record of County Officials of Burt County, Nebraska 1855 - 1884. Transcribed and submitted by Bonnie Marks for USGenWeb Project.

"Nebraska... Our Towns" contains short histories of the individual towns in Burt county. "Historical Nebraska" is part of "Virtual Nebraska" by the University of Nebraska, Lincoln.


Burt County website has a group of useful maps including very detailed road, county, and city maps.

Nebraska Department of Roads website lisrts a number of very detailed historic maps.



Burt County WWI Draft Records and Military Personal transcribed by Bill Weaver for USGenWeb Nebraska Archives

Military Pensioners, 1 January 1883 transcribed by Alice Miller for USGenWeb Nebraska Archives


For information on Nebraska newspapers, see Nebraska Newspapers.


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 - Adams - 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.

Burt County Taxes of April 1872

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 1861-1937 transcribed by Bill Weaver for USGenWeb Nebraska Archives

Societies and Libraries

Lyons Public Library
335 Main Street
Lyons, NE 68038-0198
(402) 687-2895
Oakland Public Library
110 East 3rd Street
Oakland, NE 68045-1356
(402) 685-5113

Tekamah Public Library
204 South 13th Street
Tekamah, NE 68061-1304
(402) 374-2453

Burt County Museum
E.C. Houston House
319 North 13th Street
P.O. Box 125
Tekamah, NE 68061-0125
(402) 374-1505
Email: burtcomuseum@huntel.net
Web site: www.huntel.net/community/burtcomuseum/

Swedish Heritage Center
301 North Chard Avenue
Oakland, NE 68045
(402) 685-6161 or (402) 685-5057

Family History Centers

Web Sites


  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Burt County, Nebraska page 428, 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).