Rock County, Nebraska Genealogy

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Rock County

Rock County, Nebraska
Map of Nebraska highlighting Rock County
Location in the state of Nebraska
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Location of Nebraska in the U.S.
Founded November 6, 1888
County Seat Bassett
Address Rock County Courthouse
400 State Street
P.O. Box 367
Bassett, NE 68714
Phone: 402.684.3933
County Website

Rock 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

Rock County, Nebraska Record Dates

Beginning Dates for Major County Records
Birth Marriage Death Census Land Probate
1884 1890 1888 1888

County Courthouse

County Judge has marriage records. County Clerk has divorce, probate, court and land records from 1889.[1]


Parent County

1888 Rock County was created 6 November 1888 from Brown County. County seat: Bassett [2]


Rock County is located in the northern section of the state.[3]

Boundary Changes

Record Loss

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


Populated Places [4]

  • Bassett
  • Duff
  • Mariaville
  • Newport
  • Rose
  • Sybrant

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.  %±
1890 3,083
1900 2,809 −8.9%
1910 3,627 29.1%
1920 3,703 2.1%
1930 3,366 −9.1%
1940 3,977 18.2%
1950 3,026 −23.9%
1960 2,554 −15.6%
1970 2,231 −12.6%
1980 2,383 6.8%
1990 2,019 −15.3%
2000 1,756 −13.0%
2010 1,526 −13.1%
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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 Rock 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 Rock 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 - Rock - Probate records.

Online Probate 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


  • Rock County Public Library
    400 State Street
    POB 465
    Bassett, NE 68714
    Phone: 402-684-3800
    Fax: 402-684-3930

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), Rock County, Nebraska page 434, 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, "Rock County, Nebraska," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia,,_Nebraska, accessed 1 August 2016.