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York County, Nebraska Genealogy


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

County Facts
County seat: York
Organized: March 13, 1855
Parent County(s): Cass and Pierce(old) [1]
Neighboring Counties
Butler  • Clay  • Fillmore  • Hamilton  • Polk  • Saline  • Seward
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Location Map
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County InformationEdit


Sources differ on the origin of the county's name; some state it was named after York in England, while others maintain it was named by early settlers from York County, Pennsylvania. [2] The County is located in east centre area of the state.[3]

County CourthouseEdit

York County Courthouse
510 Lincoln Ave.
York, NE 68467
Phone: 402.362.7759
York County Website

County Clerk has marriage records.
County Court has probate records.
Register of Deeds has land records.
Clerk District Court has divorce records.
Veteran Service Office has military records.
County Historical Society has Obituary Records.[1]

York County, Nebraska Record DatesEdit

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[4]
Birth* Marriage Death* Court Land Probate Census
1904 1870 1904 1870 1870 1870 1854
Statewide registration for births and deaths started in late 1904. General compliance by 1920.

Record LossEdit

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

Boundary ChangesEdit

Populated PlacesEdit

For a complete list of populated places, including small neighborhoods and suburbs, visit Hometown Locator. The following are the most historically and genealogically relevant populated places in this county:[5]

Unincorporated communities
Ghost towns

History TimelineEdit


Bible RecordsEdit


Business, Commerce, and OccupationsEdit


Cemeteries of York 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 RecordsEdit

Census Pop.
1870 604
1880 11,170 1749.3%
1890 17,279 54.7%
1900 18,205 5.4%
1910 18,721 2.8%
1920 17,146 −8.4%
1930 17,239 0.5%
1940 14,874 −13.7%
1950 14,346 −3.5%
1960 13,724 −4.3%
1970 13,685 −0.3%
1980 14,798 8.1%
1990 14,428 −2.5%
2000 14,598 1.2%
2010 13,665 −6.4%
Source: "".

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

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

State Census Records

Church RecordsEdit

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 RecordsEdit


Emigration and ImmigrationEdit

Ethnic, Political, and Religious GroupsEdit

Funeral HomesEdit



Land and Property RecordsEdit

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 HistoriesEdit

Local histories are available for York 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 GazetteersEdit

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Military RecordsEdit

Revolutionary WarEdit

Civil WarEdit

World War IEdit

Naturalization and CitizenshipEdit


For information on Nebraska newspapers, see Nebraska Newspapers.

Nebraska Newspapers Online

Nebraska Newspaper Catalogs


Other RecordsEdit


Probate RecordsEdit

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 - York - Probate records.

Online Probate Records

School RecordsEdit

Tax RecordsEdit

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 RecordsEdit

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 FacilitiesEdit


Family History CentersEdit

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.




  • Website York County Historical Association
    2329 N Nebraska Ave
    P. O. Box 81
    York, NE 68467
    Phone: 402-362-2990
  • Paradise Mills Historical Society
    General Delivery
    Waco, NE 68460
  • Greater York Area Genealogical Society
    Kilgore Memorial Library
    521 Nebraska Ave
    York, NE 68467-3095


Research GuidesEdit


  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.,_Nebraska accessed 09/29/2016
  3. Wikipedia contributors, "York, Nebraska," in,_Nebraska accessed 8/27/2018
  4. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), York 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.
  5. Wikipedia contributors, "York County, Nebraska," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia,,_Nebraska, accessed 6 February 2019.