Hall County, Nebraska Genealogy

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Hall County
Hall County, Nebraska
Map of Nebraska highlighting Hall County
Location in the state of Nebraska
Map of the U.S. highlighting Nebraska
Location of Nebraska in the U.S.
Founded November 4, 1858
County Seat Grand Island
Address Hall County Courthouse
111 W. 1st Street
Grand Island, NE 68801
Phone: 308.385.5080
County Website

Hall 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, military records, family histories, cemeteries, churches, tax records, newspapers, and obituaries.


County Information

Hall County was part of the Louisiana territory and therefore ruled by both the French and the Spanish in its early history. After the Louisiana Purchase and the formation of the Territory of Nebraska, Hall County was formed on November 9, 1858. Willard Hall, a representative from Missouri, proposed the formation of the territory of Nebraska in 1853. In 1846 Mormon Pioneers settled on the Platte River creating a colony. German and Irish immigrants arrived soon afterward. Both the Sioux and Pawnee Indians were early inhabitants of the area. The Overland Trail, which led pioneers to Salt Lake, California and Oregon added to and took from the local population as well as provided a source of income for the inhabitants.

Hall County, Nebraska Record Dates

Beginning Dates for Major County Records[1]
Birth Marriage Death Census Land Probate
1858 1860 1858 1858

County Courthouse

County Clerk has marriage records from 1869. County Judge has probate records. Clerk District Court has divorce and court records. Register has land records. [2]

Parent County

4 November 1858: Hall County was created as an original county. [3]


Hall County was organized in 1859. It is located in the sixth tier of counties west of the Missouri River.. [4] The county was named after Augustus Hall, an early judge of this territory. Its county seat is Grand Island.[5]

Boundary Changes

Record Loss

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


Populated Places

Neighboring Counties


Archives and Libraries


  • Biographical and Historical memoirs of Adams, Clay, Hall and Hamilton Counties, Nebraska. Comprising a Condensed History of the State, a number of Biographies of Distinguished Citizens of the same, a Brief Descriptive History of each of the Counties mentioned, and numerous Biographical Sketches of the Citizens of such Counties
  • History of Hall County, Nebraska: A Narrative of the Past with Special Emphasis Upon the Pioneer Period of the County's History, and Chronological Presentation of its Social, Commercial, Educational, Religious, and Civic Development from the Early Days to the Present Time, and Special Analysis of its Military and Civil Participation in the Late World War - The book includes several biographical sketches of Hall's citizens.


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


Historical populations
Census Pop.  %±
1860 116
1870 1,057 811.2%
1880 8,572 711.0%
1890 16,513 92.6%
1900 17,206 4.2%
1910 20,361 18.3%
1920 23,720 16.5%
1930 27,117 14.3%
1940 27,523 1.5%
1950 32,186 16.9%
1960 35,757 11.1%
1970 42,851 19.8%
1980 47,690 11.3%
1990 48,925 2.6%
2000 53,534 9.4%
2010 58,607 9.5%
Source: "Wikipedia.org".

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

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 History and Records

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

  • Grand IslandRecord of Members 1929-1941 at family History Library

Court Records


Local histories are available for Hall 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. Cutler, William. 1882. Chicago, IL.: The Western Historical Company, A. T. Andreas, Proprietor. Available online at:

Land and Property

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




Early migration routes to and from Hall County for European and African American settlers included:

Military History and Records

  • FHL 585121: Hall County, Nebraska : Civil War, Indian wars, Spanish American War, World War I. [n.d.: n.p] 1925. this is p. 228-241 of an unknown larger work. It lists names, addresses, units, and staates. It is divided by war. (FHL book 978.241 M2r).

Revolutionary War
Civil War


For information on Nebraska newspapers, see Nebraska Newspapers. Nebraska Newspapers Online

Nebraska Newspaper Catalogs

Probate Records

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 - Hall - Probate records.

Online Probate Records


Grand Island railroad history - The first Transcontinentan Railroad reached the present site of Grand Island, Nebraska in July of 1866. Railroads are still important to the town.


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, Libraries and Museums

County, Township and City Societies

  • Cairo Roots Historical and Genealogical Society
    Cairo Roots c/o Mrs. Delmar Perkins
    Rt. 1, Box 42
    Cairo, NE 68804
  • Prairie Pioneer Genealogical Society
    P.O. Box 1122
    Grand Island, NE 68802
    Phone: 308-384-3218


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), Hall County, Nebraska page 431, At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  3. WorldCat 50140092 FHL Collection Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed.] (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002)
  4. http://genealogytrails.com/neb/hall/ accessed 09/29/2016
  5. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hall_County,_Nebraska accessed 09/29/2016
  6. Jim Tompkins, "The Oregon Trail 1841-1848 Map I" in Oregon Trail Landmarks at http://www.oregonpioneers.com/OTMap1.jpg (accessed 18 July 2011).
  7. "Oregon California Trails Association" at http://octatrails.micromaps.com/ (accessed 18 July 2011).
  8. "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).