Burt County, Nebraska Genealogy

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County Courthouse


Parent County

1854--Burt County was created 23 November 1854 as an original county. County seat: Tekamah [1]

Boundary Changes

Record Loss


Populated Places

  • Craig
  • Decatur
  • Lyons
  • Oakland
  • Tekamah

Neighboring Counties



Check Cemeteries in Google Maps

  • Advent Cemetery, 8 miles North & 3 miles West of Tekamah.
  • Argo Cemetery located about 1/2 mile south of Uehling, NE on US 77 and then 3 miles east and 1/4 mile south. Or 6 miles south & 2 miles west of Craig
  • Arizona Cemetery 2 miles north & 5 miles east of Tekamah.
  • Craig Cemetery 1/2 mile south of Craig
  • Deman Hinds Cemetery also called Anderson or Decatur Cemetery Located 4 miles west and 1/2 mile south of Decatur, NE
  • Grace Lutheran Cemetery 1 mile south of Bertha, NE or 6 miles north of Craig
  • Hillcrest Cemetery located in northwest corner of Decatur
  • Holy Family Cemetery Located 2 miles southwest of Decatur, NE
  • Lyons Cemetery 1/2 mile northeast of Lyons
  • Oakland Cemetery and Lutheran Cemetery just south Oakland. These two cemeteries are adjoining but separate.
  • Pioneer Cemetery or Peterson Cemetery More listed here (in Cuming Co. but operated by Oakland, Burt County)
  • Saint John's Luthern Church Cemetery 4 mi. South on Hwy 77, 1 mi. East and ½ mi. South of Lyons, Nebraska
  • Saint Josephs Cemetery aka Holy Cross Cemetery, 1 mile east & 1 mile south of Bancroft.Or 3 miles north and 5 miles west of Lyons.
  • Saint Paul's Luthern Church Cemetery located about 1 mile west and 3 miles north of Uehling, NE
  • Salem Cemetery 3 miles west of Oakland on Hwy 32, 2 miles South.
  • Silver Creek Cemetery in Silver Creek Township, Burt County, Nebraska9 miles east of Oakland.
  • Small Burial Plot, S20, T21N, RIOE. between Craig and Tekamah
  • Tekamah Cemetery 1 mile north of Tekamah
  • Westside Methodist Cemetery, 4 miles west of Oakland on Hwy 32 & 2 miles North.


In addition to the federal census of 1860, 1870, 1880, 1900, 1910, 1920, and 1930 (check Nebarska State census page for availability) Burt County can also be found in several territorial and state census.  Some of those are posted online:

1854 NE Territorial Census, District 6 (Burt & Washington Counties)

1856 NE Territorial Census for Burt County

Burt County Taxes of April 1872

1885 NE State Census for Burt County

1890-1 Business Directory & Farmer's List of the Nebraska State Gazetteer : Burt County




Local Histories

History of the State of Nebraska first published in 1882 by The Western Historical Company, A. T. Andreas, Proprietor, Chicago, IL. Includes a detailed chapter on Burt County. Republished on the web by NEGenWeb Project Resource Center On-Line Library. (Andreas' History of the State of Nebraska: Burt County Produced by Karen Elliott.)

"Burt County Nebraska in the World War, VICTORY" 1919 , published by The Burt County Herald, Tekamah, NE. (Produced by William Wever, T&C Miller with index.)Republished on the web by NEGenWeb Project Resource Center On-Line Library.

"Noteworthy Men of Tekamah and Vicinity", by Ott Brothers, 1905. Republished on the web by NEGenWeb Project Resource Center On-Line Library.

A history of Burt County, Nebraska : from 1803 to 1929. Wahoo, Neb. : Ludi Print. Co., [1929?] Available online through Heritage Quest (check with your local library through which you may have access already to Heritage Quests databases) Also available online through BYU Digital Archives.

Story of an old town : with reminiscences of early Nebraska and biographies of pioneers by DeMilt, A. P.  Omaha, Neb. : Douglas Print. Co. 1902 [about Decatur, Burt County, NE, chapter 6 is about early Burt County in general with biographical sketches] Available online through Heritage Quest (check with your local library through which you may have access already to Heritage Quests databases).

Who's Who in Burt County, Nebraska, 1940. by Douglas C. Sutherland. Transcribed by Karen Elliott for NEGenWeb Project.

A Craig scrapbook: a story of a village in Burt County, Nebraska by Lang, Russell Clark; Baltimore, Maryland: Gateway Press, c2008 Available online by BYU Digital Archives.

1884 Atlas of State: Record of County Officials of Burt County, Nebraska 1855 - 1884. Transcribed and submitted by Bonnie Marks for USGenWeb Project.

"Nebraska... Our Towns" contains short histories of the individual towns in Burt county. "Historical Nebraska" is part of "Virtual Nebraska" by the University of Nebraska, Lincoln.


Burt County website has a group of useful maps including very detailed road, county, and city maps.

Nebraska Department of Roads website lisrts a number of very detailed historic maps.


Burt County WWI Draft Records and Military Personal transcribed by Bill Weaver for USGenWeb Nebraska Archives

Military Pensioners, 1 January 1883 transcribed by Alice Miller for USGenWeb Nebraska Archives




Burt County Taxes of April 1872

Vital Records

Marriage Records 1861-1937 transcribed by Bill Weaver for USGenWeb Nebraska Archives

Societies and Libraries

Burt County Museum
E.C. Houston House
319 North 13th Street
P.O. Box 125
Tekamah, NE 68061-0125
(402) 374-1505
Email: burtcomuseum@huntel.net
Web site: www.huntel.net/community/burtcomuseum/

Swedish Heritage Center
301 North Chard Avenue
Oakland, NE 68045
(402) 685-6161 or (402) 685-5057

Web Sites


  1. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).