Dakota County, Nebraska Genealogy

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United States
Dakota County
Dakota County, Nebraska
Map of Nebraska highlighting Dakota County
Location in the state of Nebraska
Map of the U.S. highlighting Nebraska
Location of Nebraska in the U.S.
Founded March 7, 1855
County Seat Dakota City
Address Dakota County Courthouse
1601 Broadway Street
Dakota City, NE 68731
Phone: 402.987.2126

Dakota 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

Dakota County, Nebraska Record Dates

Beginning Dates for Major County Records[1]
Birth Marriage Death Census Land Probate
1855 1860 1855 1855

County Courthouse

County Clerk has marriage records from 1856 and military records from 1921. County Court has probate records from 1858. Register of Deeds has land records from 1856. Clerk District Court has divorce and court records from from 1862 and naturalization records. [2]


Parent County

1855 Dakota County was created 7 March 1855 fromBurt County. County seat: Dakota City [3]


Dakota County was named for the Dakota tribe of Indians. The boundaries of the county was approved March 7, 1855, redefined January 26, 1856. [4]

Boundary Changes

Record Loss

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


Populated Places[5]

  • Dakota City
  • South Sioux City
  • Emerson (partial)
  • Homer
  • Hubbard
  • Jackson
Unincorporated communities
  • Goodwin
  • Nacora
  • Willis

Neighboring Counties



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


Historical populations
Census Pop.  %±
1860 819
1870 2,040 149.1%
1880 3,213 57.5%
1890 5,386 67.6%
1900 6,286 16.7%
1910 6,564 4.4%
1920 7,694 17.2%
1930 9,505 23.5%
1940 9,836 3.5%
1950 12,168 23.7%
1960 12,168 0.0%
1970 13,137 8.0%
1980 16,742 27.4%
1990 16,742 0.0%
2000 20,253 21.0%
2010 21,006 3.7%
Source: "Wikipedia.org".
State Census Records
Federal Census Records

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

For tips on accessing Dakota 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.

For more information see Nebraska Land and Property

Local Histories

Local histories are available for Dakota 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.

Maps and Gazetteers



Revolutionary War
Civil War


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 - Dakota - 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.

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

Societies and Libraries

County, Township and City Societies

  • Dakota County Genealogical Society
    P.O. Box 482
    Dakota City, NE 68731


  • South Sioux City Public Library
    South Sioux City, NE 68776, USA
    Phone: 402-494-7545
  • Emerson Public Library
    110 N Main St
    Emerson, NE 68733, USA
    Phone: 402-695-2449

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.



  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), Dakota County, Nebraska page 429, 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/dakota/dakotacounty.htm accessed 09/29/2016
  5. Wikipedia contributors, "Dakota County, Nebraska," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dakota_County,_Nebraska, accessed 29 July 2016.