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Lincoln 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
Lincoln County, Nebraska
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Location in the state of Nebraska
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Location of Nebraska in the U.S.
Facts
Founded January 7, 1860
County Seat North Platte
Courthouse
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Address Lincoln County Courthouse
301 N. Jeffers Street
North Platte, Nebraska 69101
Phone: 308.534.4350


Contents

County Courthouse

Lincoln County Courthouse
301 North Jeffers Street
North Platte, Nebraska 69101
Phone: 308-535-35001

County Clerk has marriage records.
Clerk District Court has divorce records.
County Court has probate and court records.
Register of Deeds has land records. [1]

History

Parent County

1860--Lincoln County was created 7 January 1860 from unorganized territory. County seat: North Platte [2]

Boundary Changes

Record Loss

On April 30, 1923, just before an audit of county books was to begin, someone set a fire in the Lincoln County Courthouse. The treasurer and his deputy were tried and convicted of arson, forgery and embezzlement as a result of the incident. For more detailed information see Lincoln County Courthouse Section 8 Page 2-3.

For assistance in researching missing records due to disasters see Burned Counties Research.

Places/Localities

Populated Places

Neighboring Counties

Resources

Cemeteries

Census

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

Church

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.

LDS Ward and Branch Records

Court

There is a District Court and a County Court in Lincoln County. District courts primarily hear felony criminal cases, equity cases, and civil cases involving more than $51,000. County courts handle misdemeanor cases; traffic and municipal ordinance violations; preliminary hearings in felony cases; civil cases involving $51,000 and less; small claims cases; some divorce cases; probate, guardianship, conservatorship, and adoption proceedings; and juvenile matters.

  • Lincoln County District Court
    PO Box 1616
    North Platte, Nebraska 69103
  • Lincoln County Court
    PO Box 519
    North Platte, NE 69103

Land

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 Lincoln 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.

Maps

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Migration

Early migration routes to and from Lincoln County, Nebraska for European and African American settlers included:

Military

Newspapers

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

Probate

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.

Surname Lists

Surname list of early settlers of North Platte area.

Taxation

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

References

  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Kimball, Nebraska page 432, 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).
  3. Jim Tompkins, "The Oregon Trail 1841-1848 Map II" in Oregon Trail Landmarks at http://www.oregonpioneers.com/OTMap2.jpg (accessed 18 July 2011).
  4. "Oregon California Trails Association" at http://octatrails.micromaps.com/ (accessed 18 July 2011).
  5. "The Pioneer Story: The Mormon Pioneer Trail" in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints at http://lds.org/gospellibrary/pioneer/pioneerstory.htm (accessed 18 July 2011).

 

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