Wayne County, Nebraska Genealogy

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Wayne 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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Online Records

Wayne County, Nebraska
Map of Nebraska highlighting Wayne County
Location in the state of Nebraska
Map of the U.S. highlighting Nebraska
Location of Nebraska in the U.S.
Founded March 4, 1871
County Seat Wayne
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Address Wayne County Courthouse
510 N. Pearl Street
P.O. Box 248
Wayne, Nebraska 68787-1939
Phone: 402.375.2288

County Courthouse

Wayne County Courthouse
510 N Pearl Street
PO Box 248
Wayne, Ne 68787-1939
Phone: 402.375.2288

County judge has marriage, probate and court records from 1871.
Clerk District Court has divorce records.
County Clerk has land records from 1870. [1]


The county is named after Revolutionary War General "Mad" Anthony Wayne (1745-1796).[2]
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Parent County

1871--Wayne County was created 4 March 1871 from unorganized territory. County seat: Wayne [3]

Boundary Changes

Record Loss


Populated Places

Neighboring Counties




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




Local Histories






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

  • USGenWeb project. May have maps, name indexes, history or other information for this county. Select the state, then the county.
  • Family History Library Catalog


  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Wayne County, Nebraska page 435, At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  2. "Anthony Wayne," Wikipedia.
  3. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).