Platte County, Nebraska Genealogy

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Platte County
Platte County, Nebraska
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Location in the state of Nebraska
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Location of Nebraska in the U.S.
Founded January 26, 1856
County Seat Columbus
Address Platte County Courthouse
2610 14th Street
Columbus, NE 68601
Phone: 402.563.4904

Platte 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

Platte County, Nebraska Record Dates

Beginning Dates for Major County Records
Birth Marriage Death Census Land Probate
1858 1860 1856 1856

County Courthouse

County judge has marriage and probate records. Clerk District Court has divorce and court records. County Assessor has land records. [1]


Parent County

1856 Platte County was created 26 January 1856 from Loup (old) County. County seat: Columbus [2]


Platte County was named for the Platte River which makes up its southern boundary.[3]

Boundary Changes

Record Loss

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


Populated Places [4]

  • Columbus
  • Humphrey
  • Newman Grove
  • Cornlea
  • Creston
  • Duncan
  • Lindsay
  • Monroe
  • Platte Center
  • Tarnov
Unincorporated communities
  • Oconee
  • Rosenburg
  • Saint Bernard
  • Tracy Valley
  • Bismark
  • Burrows
  • Butler
  • Columbus
  • Creston
  • Grand Prairie
  • Granville
  • Humphrey
  • Joliet
  • Lost Creek
  • Loup
  • Monroe
  • Oconee
  • St. Bernard
  • Shell Creek
  • Sherman
  • Walker
  • Woodville

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.


Historical populations
Census Pop.  %±
1860 782
1870 1,899 142.8%
1880 9,511 400.8%
1890 15,437 62.3%
1900 17,747 15.0%
1910 19,006 7.1%
1920 19,464 2.4%
1930 21,181 8.8%
1940 20,191 −4.7%
1950 19,910 −1.4%
1960 23,992 20.5%
1970 26,508 10.5%
1980 28,852 8.8%
1990 29,820 3.4%
2000 31,662 6.2%
2010 32,236 1.8%
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 Platte 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.

Online Land Records

For more information see Nebraska Land and Property

Local Histories

Local histories are available for Platte 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 - Platte - 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


  • Columbus Public Library
    2504 14th St.
    Columbus, NE 68601
    Phone: 402-564-7116
    Fax: 402-563-3378
    Director: Drew Brookhart

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), Platt 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. Wikipedia contributors, "Platte County, Nebraska," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia,,_Nebraska, accessed 1 August 2016.