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Douglas County, Nebraska
Map of Nebraska highlighting Douglas County
Location in the state of Nebraska
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Location of Nebraska in the U.S.
Founded November 23, 1854
County Seat Omaha
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Douglas County Nebraska Courthouse
Address 1701 Farnam Street, #300
Omaha, Nebraska 68102
Phone: 402.444.7018

Douglas 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

Douglas County, Nebraska Record Dates

Beginning Dates for Major County Records[1]
Birth Marriage Death Census Land Probate
1856 1860 1854 1857

County Courthouse

Douglas County Nebraska Courthouse.jpg

Douglas County Courthouse
1701 Farnam Street
Omaha NE 68183-1001
Phone: 402.444.7143

County Judge has marriage and probate records.
Clerk District Court has divorce records.
County Clerk has military discharge records. [2]


Parent County

1854--Douglas County was created 23 November 1854 as an original county. County seat: Omaha [3] 

History of Douglas County :  Andreas' History of the State of Nebraska, Douglas County, Produced by Liz Lee


Douglas County was established in 1855. It was named after Stephen A. Douglas (1813-1861), U.S. Senator from Illinois. Its county seat is Omaha, the state's largest city. [4]

Boundary Changes

Records Lost

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


Populated Places[5]

  • Bennington
  • Omaha (county seat)
  • Ralston
  • Valley
  • Boys Town
  • Waterloo
Census-designated places
  • King Lake
  • Venice
=Unincorporated communities
  • Briggs
  • Debolt
  • Elk City
  • Irvington
  • Lane

Neighboring Counties


In December 1863 the First Transcontinental Railroad started from Omaha, Nebraska.


Cemeteries and Obituaries

BillionGraves: Each page has Google map showing cemetery, and searchable database for each one, and photos of headstones.

Note about 'Mormon Cemetery'. Burials here are largely from the late 1840s, when the Mormons began their trek west, this general area very close to this spot is where they stopped for the winter of 1846 and subsequent groups heading for what is now known as Utah staged from this general area. This area is also known as 'Winter Quarters' due to the fact that the first group stopped for the winter around this location. There may be a very few later than that here as well.

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


Historical populations
Census Pop.  %±
1860 4,328
1870 19,982 361.7%
1880 37,645 88.4%
1890 158,008 319.7%
1900 140,590 −11.0%
1910 168,546 19.9%
1920 204,524 21.3%
1930 232,982 13.9%
1940 247,562 6.3%
1950 281,020 13.5%
1960 343,490 22.2%
1970 389,455 13.4%
1980 397,038 1.9%
1990 416,444 4.9%
2000 463,585 11.3%
2010 517,110 11.5%
Source: "".
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 Douglas 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.

Google maps shows many Douglas County churches

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

LDS Ward and Branch Records

  • Omaha Branch Record of Members 1929-1942 at  Family History Library
  • Omaha South Branch Record of Members 1941 at Family History Library
  • Winter QuartersBishops Accounts 1840-1859 for Bishop Edward Hunter. Also includes Nauvoo, Illinois 5th Ward and Salt Lake City, Utah 13th Ward,
  • Records of St. Paul's Lutheran Church, Millard, in Evangelical Lutheran Church in America database at ($).


  • Douglas County Court
    1819 Farnam St.
    Omaha, NE 68183
    Telephone: (402) 444-7000
  • Douglas County Court Directory Lists courts in Douglas County their addresses, their online resources , and links to their individual websites.


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.

  • Geographical Information Systems for Douglas County. Locate addresses and land parcels in the county

For more information see Nebraska Land and Property

Local Histories

Local histories are available for Douglas 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



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


Revolutionary War
Civil War
  1. History of Nebraska GAR
  2. GAR information is available through the Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War
  • Original Post
  1. Post # 1 OMAHA Chartered Dec. 13, 1866 by National Headquarters 15 members
  • Later Posts
  1. Post #2 FT. OMAHA Phil Kearny Jan. 1, 1876-1896 Post moved to South Omaha Membership: Total-136+
  2. Post #2-A South Omaha Phil Kearny Oct 5, 1896-1924 Charter surrendered April 30, 1924 Membership: Total-304+
  3. Post # 7 Omaha  George Custer June 5, 1876-1946 Changed Jan 9, 1922 when last 3 Omaha posts were combined to Old Guard (A reference to their being the last of their kind) Membership: Total-477+
  4. Post #110 Omaha Aug. 18, 1882-1921 Combined with Post #7 Omaha, changed on July (23), 1888 to U.S.Grant, Membership: Charter-18 Total-344+
  5. Post # 262 Omaha April 6, 1888-1921, Combined with Post 7  Gate City , (Post originally requested name of Thomas J. Potter) changed January 30, 1889 to Phil Sheridan, changed March 21, 1890 to George Crook, Membership: Total-400+
  6. Post # 282 South Omaha R.R. Livingston May 7, 1889-1896 Combined with Post 2-A 1827-1888 Membership: Charter-N/A Total-66+
  7. Post # 300 Florence James Isom March 29, 1890-1890 Charter surrendered 1/29/189,1Membership: Total-12
  8. Post # 337 South Omaha Samuel Dennis April 16, 1895-1896 Combined with Post 2-A Membership: Charter-27 Total-34


For information on Nebraska newspapers, see Nebraska Newspapers.

  • Library of Congress Chronicling America newspaper project contains digital copies of newspapers for Douglas County, Nebraska. Some are foreign language newspaprs. Years of publication vary.


  • Omaha Obits - site with obituary listings that includes the Omaha Bee, the Omaha Star (African-American paper) and the Jewish Press; provided by the Greater Omaha Genealogical Society. 


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 - Douglas - 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

Nebraska Historical & Genealogical Societies

  • Nebraska Military Historical Society
    1330 N. Burlington Ave.
    P.O. Box 1286
    Hastings 68901-1286
  • Nebraska Jewish Historical Society
    333 S. 132nd St.
    Omaha, NE
    Phone: 402-334-6442
  • North Central Nebraska Genealogical Society
    P.O. Box 362
    O’Neill NE 68763
  • Northeastern Nebraska Genealogical Society
    P.O. Box 169
    Lyons NE 68038
  • Northern Nebraska Genealogical Society
    P.O. Box 362
    O’Neill NE
  • Northwest Nebraska Genealogical Society
    P.O. Box 6
    Alliance, Nebraska 69301


  • Baright Public Library
    5555 South 77th St
    Ralston, NE 68127-2899
    Phone: 402-331-7636; 402-331-1168 Fax
  • Creighton University
    Carl M. Reinert/Alumni Memorial Library
    2500 California Plaza
    Omaha, NE 68178
    Phone: 402-280-2227; 402-280-2746 Archives; 402-280-2435 Fax
  • Omaha Public Library
    215 South 15th St
    Omaha, NE 68102-1629
    Phone: 402-444-4825; 402-444-4507 Fax
  • University of Nebraska
    Omaha, NE 68182
    Phone: 402-554-2362; 402-554-2661 Info; 402-554-3202 Government Documents; 402-554-2884 Special Collections

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.

Web Sites


  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), Douglas County, Nebraska page 430, 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).
  5. Wikipedia contributors, "Adams County, Nebraska," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia,,_Nebraska, accessed 29 July 2016.
  6. Jim Tompkins, "The Oregon Trail 1841-1848 Map I" in Oregon Trail Landmarks at (accessed 18 July 2011).
  7. "Oregon California Trails Association" at (accessed 18 July 2011).
  8. "The Pioneer Story: The Mormon Pioneer Trail" in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints at (accessed 18 July 2011).