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Holt 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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Coordinates: 39.99°0′N 91.19°0′W / 39.99°N 91.19°W / 39.99; -91.19

Holt County, Nebraska
Map of Nebraska highlighting Holt County
Location in the state of Nebraska
Map of the U.S. highlighting Nebraska
Location of Nebraska in the U.S.
Founded January 13, 1860
County Seat O’Neill
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Address Holt County Courthouse
204 N. 4th Street
P.O. Box 329
O’Neill, Nebraska 68763-0329
Phone: 402.336.1762


County Courthouse

Holt County Courthouse
204 N. 4th Street; P.O. Box 329
O’Neill, NE 68763
Phone: 402.336.1762

County Clerk has marriage records from 1878.
County Judge has probate and court records from 1882.
Register of Deeds has land records from 1879.
Clerk District Court has divorce records from 1879. [1]


Parent County

1860--Holt County was created 13 January 1860 from unorganized territory. County seat: O'Neill [2]

Boundary Changes

Record Loss


Populated Places

Neighboring Counties




For tips on accessing Holt County, Nebraska 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.



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 Holt County, Nebraska. 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.




  • Sherard, Gerald E. (Gerald Emerson). Civil War veterans, Holt County, Nebraska. (Lakewood, Colorado : G.E. Sherard, [1990?]), FHL book 978.2745 M2.


Additional newspapers abstracts can sometimes be found using search phrases such as Holt County, Nebraska newspapers in online catalogs like:


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

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


  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Holt County, Nebraska page 431, 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).


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