Lancaster County, Nebraska Genealogy

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Lancaster County

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

County Facts
County seat: Lincoln
Organized: March 6, 1855
Parent County(s): Cass and Pierce(old)[1]
Neighboring Counties
Butler  • Cass  • Gage  • Johnson  • Otoe  • Saline  • Saunders  • Seward
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Location Map
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County Information


The County has Lincoln as its seat and the County was created 1859. The County is located in southeast area of the state.[2]

County Courthouse

Lancaster County Courthouse
555 S. 10th Street
Lincoln, NE 68508
Phone: 402.441.7484
Lancaster County Website

County Judge has marriage and probate records.
County Clerk has land records. [1]

Lancaster 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 1866 1904 1863 1858 1866 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 Lancaster County, Nebraska:[4]


  • Hickman
  • Lincoln
  • Waverly

Unincorporated communities

  • Agnew
  • Arbor
  • Berks
  • Bethany
  • Cheney
  • College View
  • Emerald
  • Holland
  • Kramer
  • Martell
  • Prairie Home
  • Princeton
  • Rokeby
  • Saltillo


  • Bennet
  • Davey
  • Denton
  • Firth
  • Hallam
  • Malcolm
  • Panama
  • Raymond
  • Roca
  • Sprague

Census-designated place

  • Walton

Census divisions
Lancaster County is divided into the following census divisions called precincts except for the City of Lincoln.

  • Buda
  • Centerville
  • Denton
  • Elk
  • Grant
  • Highland
  • Lancaster
  • City of Lincoln
  • Lincoln
  • Little Salt
  • Middle Creek
  • Mill
  • Nemaha
  • North Bluff
  • Oak
  • Olive Branch
  • Panama
  • Rock Creek
  • Saltillo
  • South Pass
  • Stevens Creek
  • Stockton
  • Waverly
  • West Oak
  • Yankee Hill

History Timeline


Bible Records


Business, Commerce, and Occupations


Cemeteries of Lancaster 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 153
1870 7,074 4523.5%
1880 28,090 297.1%
1890 76,395 172.0%
1900 64,835 −15.1%
1910 73,793 13.8%
1920 85,902 16.4%
1930 100,324 16.8%
1940 100,585 0.3%
1950 119,742 19.0%
1960 155,272 29.7%
1970 167,972 8.2%
1980 192,884 14.8%
1990 213,641 10.8%
2000 250,291 17.2%
2010 285,407 14.0%
Source: "".

Federal Censuses were taken for Nebraska starting in 1860. For links to Federal census indexes, see Nebraska Census.

For tips on accessing Lancaster 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.


  • Records of the American Lutheran Church, Lancaster County, in Evangelical Lutheran Church in America database at ($).[5]

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.

For more information see Nebraska Land and Property

Local Histories

Local histories are available for Lancaster 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 - Lancaster - 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.




  • Lincoln-lancaster County Genealogy Society
    P.O. Box 30055
    Lincoln 68503


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, "Lancaster, Nebraska," in,_Nebraska" accessed 8/22/2018
  3. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Lancaster 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, "Lancaster County, Nebraska," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia,,_Nebraska, accessed 1 August 2016.
  5. "Evangelical Lutheran Church in America: An Inventory of Selected Congregational Records of the American Lutheran Church in Minnesota at the Minnesota Historical Society," Collection Finding Aids, Minnesota Historical Society,, accessed 10 June 2013.