Sarpy County, Nebraska Genealogy

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Sarpy County
Sarpy County, Nebraska
Map of Nebraska highlighting Sarpy County
Location in the state of Nebraska
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Location of Nebraska in the U.S.
Founded February 7, 1857
County Seat Papillion
Address Sarpy County Courthouse
1210 Golden Gate Drive
Papillion, NE 68046
Phone: 402.593.5775
County Website

Sarpy 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

Sarpy County, Nebraska Record Dates

Beginning Dates for Major County Records
Birth Marriage Death Census Land Probate
1857 1860 1857 1857

County Courthouse

County Judge has marriage and probate records. County Clerk has land records.[1]


Parent County

1857 Sarpy County was created 7 February 1857 from Douglas County. County seat: Papillion [2]


Sarpy County was named in honor of Peter Sarpy, an early fur trader at Fontenelle's Post located in the Bellevue area in the 1840s. Sarpy County is located on the eastern border of Nebraska, along the Missouri River.[3]

Boundary Changes

Record Loss

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


Populated Places[4]

  • Bellevue
  • Gretna
  • La Vista
  • Papillion
  • Springfield
Census-designated places
  • Chalco
  • La Platte
  • Offutt AFB
  • Richfield
Unincorporated communities
  • Avery
  • Gilmore
  • Gilmore Junction
  • Meadow
  • Mella
  • Portal
Census divisions

Sarpy County is divided into the following divisions, called precincts, except for the City of Bellevue.

  • City of Bellevue
  • Bellevue Second I
  • Bellevue Second II
  • Bellevue Second III
  • Bellevue Second IV
  • Fairview
  • Forest City No. 1
  • Forest City No. 2
  • Gilmore I
  • Gilmore II
  • Highland I
  • Highland II
  • LaPlatte I
  • LaPlatte II
  • La Vista
  • Melia-Forest City
  • Papillion
  • Papillion Second I
  • Papillion Second II
  • Platford-Springfield I
  • Platford-Springfield II
  • Richland I
  • Richland II
  • Richland III
  • Richland IV
  • Richland V
  • Richland VI
  • Richland VII
  • Richland VIII
  • Springfield

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 1,201
1870 2,913 142.5%
1880 4,481 53.8%
1890 6,875 53.4%
1900 9,080 32.1%
1910 9,274 2.1%
1920 9,370 1.0%
1930 10,402 11.0%
1940 10,835 4.2%
1950 15,693 44.8%
1960 31,281 99.3%
1970 63,696 103.6%
1980 86,015 35.0%
1990 102,583 19.3%
2000 122,595 19.5%
2010 158,840 29.6%
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 Sarpy 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 Sarpy 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 Sarpy County for European and African American settlers included:


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 - Sarpy - 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


  • La Vista Public Library
    9110 Giles Rd
    La Vista, NE 68128-3081
    Phone: 402-537-3900
    Fax: 402-537-3902
    Director: Rose Barcal

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), Sarpy 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, "Sarpy County, Nebraska," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia,,_Nebraska, accessed 1 August 2016.
  5. National Park Service, "(Auto Tour Route) Maps" in Oregon National Historic Trail at (accessed 18 July 2011).
  6. National Park Service, "(Auto Tour Route) Maps" in California National Historic Trail at (accessed 18 July 2011).
  7. National Park Service, "Auto Tour Route Maps" in Mormon Pioneer National Historic Trail at (accessed 18 July 2011).