Merrick County, Nebraska Genealogy

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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 Courthouse

Merrick County Courthouse
1510 18th St; PO Box 27;
Central City, NE 68826-0027
Phone: 308.946.2881

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]

Boundary Changes

Record Loss


Populated Places

Central City; Archer; Palmer; Chapman; Hord; Worms; Silver Creek; Clarks; Havens; Heber; Hord; Lockwood; Paddock; Silver Creek

Neighboring Counties



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


For tips on accessing Merrick County, Nebraska Genealogy census records online, see: Nebraska Census.




Local Histories



Early migration routes to and from Merrick County, Nebraska Genealogy for European and African American settlers included:



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



Vital Records

Societies and Libraries

Family History Centers

Web Sites


  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. Jim Tompkins, "The Oregon Trail 1841-1848 Map I" in Oregon Trail Landmarks at (accessed 18 July 2011).
  4. "Oregon California Trails Association" at (accessed 18 July 2011).
  5. "The Pioneer Story: The Mormon Pioneer Trail" in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints at (accessed 18 July 2011).