Douglas County, Nebraska Genealogy

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Douglas 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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Douglas County, Nebraska
Map of Nebraska highlighting Douglas County
Location in the state of Nebraska
Map of the U.S. highlighting Nebraska
Location of Nebraska in the U.S.
Founded November 23, 1854
County Seat Fremont
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Address Douglas County Courthouse
1701 Farnam Street, #300
Omaha, Nebraska 68102
Phone: 402.444.7018

County Courthouse

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Douglas County Courthouse
1701 Farnam Street
Omaha NE 68183-1001
Phone: 402.444.7143

County Judge has marriage and probate records.
Clerk District Court has divorce records.
County Clerk has military discharge records. [1]


Parent County

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

History of Douglas County :  Andreas' History of the State of Nebraska, Douglas County, Produced by Liz Lee

Records Lost


Populated Places

Douglas County cities and villags

Neighboring Counties


In December 1863 the First Transcontinental Railroad started from Omaha, Nebraska.


Cemeteries and Obituaries

BillionGraves: Each page has Google map showing cemetery, and searchable database for each one, and photos of headstones.

Note about 'Mormon Cemetery'. Burials here are largely from the late 1840s, when the Mormons began their trek west, this general area very close to this spot is where they stopped for the winter of 1846 and subsequent groups heading for what is now known as Utah staged from this general area. This area is also known as 'Winter Quarters' due to the fact that the first group stopped for the winter around this location. There may be a very few later than that here as well.


For tips on accessing Douglas County, Nebraska Genealogy census records online, see: Nebraska Census.


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.

Google maps shows many Douglas County churches

LDS Ward and Branch Records

  • Omaha Branch Record of Members 1929-1942 at  Family History Library
  • Omaha South Branch Record of Members 1941 at Family History Library
  • Winter QuartersBishops Accounts 1840-1859 for Bishop Edward Hunter. Also includes Nauvoo, Illinois 5th Ward and Salt Lake City, Utah 13th Ward,


  • Douglas County Court
    1819 Farnam St.
    Omaha, NE 68183
    Telephone: (402) 444-7000
  • Douglas County Court Directory Lists courts in Douglas County their addresses, their online resources , and links to their individual websites.


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.

  • Geographical Information Systems for Douglas County. Locate addresses and land parcels in the county

Local Histories

Local histories are available for Douglas 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.



Early migration routes to and from Douglas County, Nebraska Genealogy for European and African American settlers included:


  • Grand Army of the Republic in Douglas County, Nebraska --  Provisional Organization - July 10, 1867  --  Permanent Organization June 12, 1877
  1. History of Nebraska GAR
  2. GAR information is available through the Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War
  • Original Post
  1. Post # 1 OMAHA Chartered Dec. 13, 1866 by National Headquarters 15 members
  • Later Posts
  1. Post #2 FT. OMAHA Phil Kearny Jan. 1, 1876-1896 Post moved to South Omaha Membership: Total-136+
  2. Post #2-A South Omaha Phil Kearny Oct 5, 1896-1924 Charter surrendered April 30, 1924 Membership: Total-304+
  3. Post # 7 Omaha  George Custer June 5, 1876-1946 Changed Jan 9, 1922 when last 3 Omaha posts were combined to Old Guard (A reference to their being the last of their kind) Membership: Total-477+
  4. Post #110 Omaha Aug. 18, 1882-1921 Combined with Post #7 Omaha, changed on July (23), 1888 to U.S.Grant, Membership: Charter-18 Total-344+
  5. Post # 262 Omaha April 6, 1888-1921, Combined with Post 7  Gate City , (Post originally requested name of Thomas J. Potter) changed January 30, 1889 to Phil Sheridan, changed March 21, 1890 to George Crook, Membership: Total-400+
  6. Post # 282 South Omaha R.R. Livingston May 7, 1889-1896 Combined with Post 2-A 1827-1888 Membership: Charter-N/A Total-66+
  7. Post # 300 Florence James Isom March 29, 1890-1890 Charter surrendered 1/29/189,1Membership: Total-12
  8. Post # 337 South Omaha Samuel Dennis April 16, 1895-1896 Combined with Post 2-A Membership: Charter-27 Total-34


For information on Nebraska newspapers, see Nebraska Newspapers.

  • Library of Congress Chronicling America newspaper project contains digital copies of newspapers for Douglas County, Nebraska. Some are foreign language newspaprs. Years of publication vary.


  • Omaha Obits - site with obituary listings that includes the Omaha Bee, the Omaha Star (African-American paper) and the Jewish Press; provided by the Greater Ohama Genealogical Society. 


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.

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.

Societies and Libraries

Family History Centers

Web Sites


  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Douglas County, Nebraska page 430, 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).
  3. Jim Tompkins, "The Oregon Trail 1841-1848 Map I" in Oregon Trail Landmarks at (accessed 18 July 2011).
  4. "Oregon California Trails Association" at (accessed 18 July 2011).
  5. "The Pioneer Story: The Mormon Pioneer Trail" in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints at (accessed 18 July 2011).