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Otoe 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

Otoe County, Nebraska
Map of Nebraska highlighting Otoe County
Location in the state of Nebraska
Map of the U.S. highlighting Nebraska
Location of Nebraska in the U.S.
Founded November 23, 1854
County Seat Nebraska City
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Address Otoe County Courthouse
1021 Central Ave.
P.O. Box 249
Nebraska City, Nebraska 68410-0249
Phone: 402.873.9505


County Courthouse

Otoe County Courthouse
1021 Central Ave; PO Box 249
Nebraska City, NE 68410-0249
Phone: 402.873.9505

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

Beginning Dates for Otoe County Records
Birth Marriage Death Census Land Probate
1904 1855 1904 1854 1855 1855


Parent County

1854--Otoe County was created 23 November 1854 from Cass and Pierce(old) Counties. County seat: Nebraska City [2]

Boundary Changes

Record Loss


Populated Places

Neighboring Counties



A list of cemeteries of Otoe County is available on the county's GenWeb site, with links to transcripts and photographs of tombstones for some of those cemeteries.


For tips on accessing Otoe County, Nebraska Genealogy 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 Otoe 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.




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



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


ARCHIVES RECORD – This document lists the official records of Otoe County from 1855-1994 which reside on 144 reels of microfilm. The records are arranged into the following subgroups: 1) County Treasurer, 1858-1967; 2) County Assessor, 1858-1895; 3) County Board of Commissioners (no records); 4) County Clerk, 1855-1994; 5) Register of Deeds, 1854-1891; 6) County Court, 1867-1904; 7) District Court, 1855-1955; 8) Superintendent of Schools, 1934; and 9) School District Records, 1872-1938.

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 - Otoe - 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

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. See Family History Centers for more information. Search the online FHC directory for a nearby family history center.

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), Otoe County, Nebraska page 433, 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. National Park Service, "(Auto Tour Route) Maps" in Oregon National Historic Trail at http://www.nps.gov/oreg/planyourvisit/maps.htm (accessed 18 July 2011).
  4. National Park Service, "(Auto Tour Route) Maps" in California National Historic Trail at http://www.nps.gov/cali/planyourvisit/maps.htm (accessed 18 July 2011).
  5. National Park Service, "Auto Tour Route Maps" in Mormon Pioneer National Historic Trail at http://www.nps.gov/mopi/planyourvisit/maps.htm (accessed 18 July 2011).


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