Merrick County, Nebraska Genealogy

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Merrick County
Merrick County, Nebraska
Map of Nebraska highlighting Merrick County
Location in the state of Nebraska
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Location of Nebraska in the U.S.
Founded November 4, 1858
County Seat Central City
Address Merrick County Courthouse
1510 18th Street
P.O. Box 27
Central City, NE 68826-0027
Phone: 308.946.2881

Merrick 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

Merrick County, Nebraska Record Dates

Beginning Dates for Major County Records
Birth Marriage Death Census Land Probate
1869 1860 1858 1858

County Courthouse

County Clerk has birth, and death records. County Judge has marriage, divorce, probate and court records. Register of Deeds has land records from 1873. [1]


Parent County

1858 Merrick County was created 4 November 1858 from unorganized territory. County seat: Central City [2]


Merrick County is located in the valley of the Platte.[3] Merrick County was formed in 1858 and organized in 1864. It was named for Elvira Merrick, the maiden name of the wife of territorial legislator Henry W. DePuy, who introduced the bill that created the county.[4]

Boundary Changes

Record Loss

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


Populated Places [5]

  • Central City
  • Chapman
  • Clarks
  • Palmer
  • Silver Creek
Census-designated place
  • Archer
Unincorporated communities
  • Havens
  • Lockwood
  • Paddock
  • Worms
  • Central
  • Chapman
  • Clarksville
  • Lone Tree
  • Loup
  • Mead
  • Midland
  • Prairie Creek
  • Prairie Island
  • Silver Creek
  • Vieregg

Neighboring Counties



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.

Bureau; Burke; Central City; Chapman; Clarks/Calvary; Fairview; German Methodist; Norwegian; Prairie Creek; Rosehill; Silver Creek; St. Lawrence; United Brethren; Wiegert; Zion Lutheran


Historical populations
Census Pop.  %±
1860 109
1870 557 411.0%
1880 5,341 858.9%
1890 8,758 64.0%
1900 9,255 5.7%
1910 10,379 12.1%
1920 10,763 3.7%
1930 10,619 −1.3%
1940 9,354 −11.9%
1950 8,812 −5.8%
1960 8,363 −5.1%
1970 8,751 4.6%
1980 8,945 2.2%
1990 8,049 −10.0%
2000 8,204 1.9%
2010 7,845 −4.4%
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 Merrick 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.

Another resource published in 1921 is the Atlas and Plat Book of Merrick County Nebraska.

For more information see Nebraska Land and Property

Local Histories

Local histories are available for Merrick 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 Merrick County for European and African American settlers included:


Revolutionary War
Civil War


For information on Nebraska newspapers, see Nebraska Newspapers.

Central City Nonpareil; Central City Republican; Central City Republican-Nonpareil; Central City Courier; Central City Record; Clarks News; Palmer Journal; Twin City Post; Silver Creek Sand; Silver Creek Times 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 - Merrick - Probate records.

Online Probae 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


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. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Merrick 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. accessed 09/29/2016
  4.,_Nebraska accessed 09/29/2016
  5. Wikipedia contributors, "Merrick County, Nebraska," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia,,_Nebraska, accessed 1 August 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).