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In 1867, the Territory of Nebraska was admitted to the union as the 37th state. The State began to keep death records in late 1904. Use the following time frame for deciding which resources to consider when trying to locate a death record in Nebraska.

First Step: When did the death occur?

Choose a time period to search for your ancestor's death record:

Learn more about U.S. Death Records

Deaths before 1904

Nebraska did not begin statewide registration of death records until late 1904, and compliance was not complete for several years.  However, some earlier death records were kept by city health departments.  For example, the city of Omaha has death records from 1873 and the city of Lincoln has death files from 1889.  If your ancestor's death occured in either of these cities contact the respective City Hall and request a search. Addresses are:

Omaha: 1819 Farnam Street, Ste H10, Omaha, NE 68183 

Lincoln: 3140 N St, Lincoln, NE 68510

A few Nebraska counties also began recording deaths before statewide registration.  Contact the county clerk for a record search and to obtain copies. Be aware charges apply whether a record is located or not.  Before requesting a search and paying the fee, contact the county clerk and ask if they have pre-1905 death records.

There are some online death records and indexes at Online Nebraska Death Records and Indexes

Also, consider searching the following substitute records to locate your ancestor’s death date and place.

Records that may give death information:
Nebraska Cemetery Records
Nebraska Newspapers
Nebraska Periodicals
Nebraska Military Records
Nebraska History
Nebraska Church Records
Nebraska Census
Nebraska Bible Records
Nebraska Probate (wills, etc)
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Deaths after 1904

Nebraska death records are not available on the Internet.  Follow both steps below to find death record indexes on the internet or in record respositories.

STEP ONE: Search for Death Information Online

For deaths during this time period, try the following databases. Try each link.

Nebraska Deaths Databases - may include Index and/or Digital Images

Try 1st:

Online Nebraska Death Records and Index Free
Try 2nd: Free No death records for Nebraska on this site, as of 23 October 2013. Do periodic checkbacks for updates.  The US records at right are available.

- United States Social Security Death Index

- US Death and Burials 1867-1961 (Very few from Neb)

Next Try: Ancestry Database - Choose one of the following:

Use Ancestry Institution at FamilySearch Centers/Libraries

Free use at Family History Library in Salt Lake City or at FamilySearch Centers worldwide and some Libraries; Find your local FamilySearch Center

Use your own Ancestry subscription

$, To obtain a subscription to Ancestry; Ancestry is often available for free through your local public library

Can't access Ancestry? Go to Step Two listed below. You may be able to order the death record for your ancestor for a fee from the Nebraska State Vital Records Office.

Also try: Social Security Death Index (SSDI)

1937 to present at Genealogy Bank Free; most current version; few records before 1962; gives place where the last benefit was sent

Can't find your ancestor in the online index?

Tips for Searching an Online Index

No death record for your ancestor?

Other records with death information

STEP TWO: Obtain the Certificate

To order a death certificate from the state office, click on the following link to obtain information including: current cost, address and other requirements for requesting a copy of a death certificate from the State of Nebraska.

There may be some restrictions. You have to meet the proper purpose before applying for a copy of a death certificate (a request by spouse, parent, next of kin or legal representative of deceased).

If you do not want to order the death record, you can search the other records with death information to see what you can find.

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Restrictions for Obtaining Death Records

Restrictions for obtaining death records:

A legal copy of a death certificate cannot be issued without PDF proper purpose. You may get a death certificate for your spouse, your parent, or your child.
Be sure that you meet the above proper purpose before applying for a copy of a death certificate (a request by spouse, parent, next of kin or legal representative of deceased). The fee for the search will be kept if no record is found or the right person has not asked for the record. You will be notified in writing if no record is found or the proper purpose has not been met.


If you do not want to order the death record, you can search other records with death information.

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STEP THREE: Check the Film and Book holdings of the Family History Library

The Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah is the largest genealogical library in the world. They have millions of records on Microfilm, Microfiche or in Printed form. Before you attempt a trip there, their catalog of holdings can be searched online at

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