Burt County, Nebraska Genealogy

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Burt County
Burt County, Nebraska
Map of Nebraska highlighting Burt County
Location in the state of Nebraska
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Location of Nebraska in the U.S.
Founded November 23, 1854
County Seat Tekamah
Address Burt County Courthouse
111 N. 13th Street, Suite 9
Tekamah, NE 68061-1043
Phone: 402-374-2950
County Website

Burt 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.


County Information

Burt County, Nebraska Record Dates

Beginning Dates for Major County Records[1]
Birth Marriage Death Census Land Probate
1854 1860 1854 1854

County Courthouse

County Clerk has marriage and land records. County Judge has probate and court records. Clerk District Court has divorce records. [2]


Parent County

1854 Burt County was created 23 November 1854 as an original county. County seat: Tekamah [3]


Burt County, Nebraska was formed in 1854. The County seat is Tekamah.[4] Burt County was named for Francis Burt.[5]

Boundary Changes

Record Loss

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


Populated Places [6]

  • Lyons
  • Oakland
  • Tekamah
  • Craig
  • Decatur
Unincorporated communities=
  • Bertha
  • Arizona
  • Bell Creek
  • Craig
  • Decatur
  • Everett
  • Logan
  • Oakland
  • Pershing
  • Quinnebaugh
  • Riverside
  • Silver Creek
  • Summit
Ghost towns
  • Argo
  • Basford
  • Golden

Neighboring Counties



Tombstone Transcriptions Online Tombstone Transcriptions in Print List of Cemeteries in the county
Findagrave.com Findagrave.com
NEGenWeb WorldCat Billion Graves
Tombstone Project
Nebraska Gravestones
Billion Graves
See Nebraska Cemeteries for more information.

Check Cemeteries in Google Maps

The following links may only be partial listings of the graves in these cemeteries.


Historical populations
Census Pop.  %±
1860 388
1870 2,847 633.8%
1880 6,937 143.7%
1890 11,609 67.3%
1900 13,040 12.3%
1910 12,726 −2.4%
1920 12,559 −1.3%
1930 13,062 4.0%
1940 12,546 −4.0%
1950 11,536 −8.1%
1960 10,192 −11.7%
1970 9,247 −9.3%
1980 8,813 −4.7%
1990 7,868 −10.7%
2000 7,791 −1.0%
2010 6,858 −12.0%
Source: "Wikipedia.org".

In addition to the federal census of 1860, 1870, 1880, 1900, 1910, 1920, 1930, and 1940 Burt County can also be found in several territorial and state census. For tips on accessing Burt County, Nebraska Genealogy census records online, see: Nebraska Census.

1854 NE Territorial Census, District 6 (Burt & Washington Counties)

1856 NE Territorial Census for Burt County

Burt County Taxes of April 1872

1885 NE State Census for Burt County

1890-1 Business Directory & Farmer's List of the Nebraska State Gazetteer : Burt County

State Census Records
Federal Census Records

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

For more information see Nebraska Land and Property

Local Histories

Local histories are available for Burt 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.

History of the State of Nebraska first published in 1882 by The Western Historical Company, A. T. Andreas, Proprietor, Chicago, IL. Includes a detailed chapter on Burt County. Republished on the web by NEGenWeb Project Resource Center On-Line Library. (Andreas' History of the State of Nebraska: Burt County Produced by Karen Elliott.)

"Burt County Nebraska in the World War, VICTORY" 1919 , published by The Burt County Herald, Tekamah, NE. (Produced by William Wever, T&C Miller with index.)Republished on the web by NEGenWeb Project Resource Center On-Line Library.

"Noteworthy Men of Tekamah and Vicinity", by Ott Brothers, 1905. Republished on the web by NEGenWeb Project Resource Center On-Line Library.

A history of Burt County, Nebraska : from 1803 to 1929. Wahoo, Neb. : Ludi Print. Co., [1929?] Available online through Heritage Quest (check with your local library through which you may have access already to Heritage Quests databases) FamilySearch Books Online

Story of an old town: with reminiscences of early Nebraska and biographies of pioneers by DeMilt, A. P. Omaha, Neb.: Douglas Print. Co. 1902 [about Decatur, Burt County, NE, chapter 6 is about early Burt County in general with biographical sketches] Available online through Heritage Quest (check with your local library through which you may have access already to Heritage Quests databases).

Who's Who in Burt County, Nebraska, 1940. by Douglas C. Sutherland. Transcribed by Karen Elliott for NEGenWeb Project.

A Craig scrapbook: a story of a village in Burt County, Nebraska by Lang, Russell Clark; Baltimore, Maryland: Gateway Press, c2008 Available online by BYU Digital Archives. FamilySearch Books Online

1884 Atlas of State: Record of County Officials of Burt County, Nebraska 1855 - 1884. Transcribed and submitted by Bonnie Marks for USGenWeb Project.

"Nebraska... Our Towns" contains short histories of the individual towns in Burt county. "Historical Nebraska" is part of "Virtual Nebraska" by the University of Nebraska, Lincoln.

Maps and Gazetteers

Burt County website has a group of useful maps including very detailed road, county, and city maps.

Nebraska Department of Roads website lists a number of very detailed historic maps.



Revolutionary War
Civil War
World War I


For information on Nebraska newspapers, see Nebraska Newspapers.

Nebraska Newspapers Online

Nebraska Newspaper Catalogs


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 - Burt - Probate records.

Online 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.

Burt County Taxes of April 1872

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.

Marriage Records

Online Marriage Records Indexes and Images

Marriage Records 1861-1937 transcribed by Bill Weaver for USGenWeb Nebraska Archives

Societies and Libraries

County, Township and City Societies

  • Burt County Historical Society
    P.O. Box 125
    Tekamah, NE 68061-0125


  • Lyons Public Library
    335 Main Street
    Lyons, NE 68038-0198
    Phone: 402-687-2895
  • Oakland Public Library
    110 East 3rd Street
    Oakland, NE 68045-1356
    Phone: 402-685-5113
  • Tekamah Public Library
    204 South 13th Street
    Tekamah, NE 68061-1304
    Phone: 402-374-2453

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 Center for more information. Search the online FHC directory for a nearby family history center.
  • Swedish Heritage Center
    301 North Chard Avenue
    Oakland, NE 68045
    Phone: 402-685-6161 or 402-685-5057



  1. Alice Eichholz, Ancestry’s Red Book: American State, County and Town Sources, Revised ed. (Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1992), 452-465. At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27rb 1992
  2. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Burt County, Nebraska page 428, At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  3. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).
  4. http://genealogytrails.com/neb/burt/ accessed 10/26/2016
  5. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Burt_County,_Nebraska accessed 09/29/2016
  6. Wikipedia contributors, "Burt County, Nebraska," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Burt_County,_Nebraska, accessed 29 July 2016.