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Burt County, Nebraska

Burt County

Burt County was founded on November 23, 1854 as One of Nine Original Counties. You see, the county was named in honor of Francis Burt, the first territorial governor of Nebraska who died after two days in office..

Currently the Burt County Seat is located in Tekamah and also the county government website is

Places adjoining Burt County are Thurston County  (north), Monona County, Iowa  (northeast), Harrison County, Iowa  (southeast), Washington County  (south), Dodge County  (southwest), Cuming County  (west).

Cities and towns situated in Burt County consists of Craig, Decatur, Lyons, akland, Tekamah.

Townships located in the county include Arizona, Bell Creek, Craig, Decatur, Everett, Logan, Oakland (township), Pershing, Quinnebaugh, Riverside, Silver Creek, Summit, City of Tekamah.

Burt County has Federal Census Schedules to assist in researching your family tree. Federal Population Schedules exist for 1860, 1870, 1880 (free index), 1890 (fragment), 1900, 1910, 1920, 1930 and 1940. Mortality Schedules are available for 1860, 1870 and 1880. Industry and Agriculture Schedules exist for 1860, 1870 and 1880. The Union Veterans Schedules is available for 1890. There are free downloadable and printable census forms to help with your research.

Burt County Society and Family History Resources

A list of Burt County Historical  and Genealogical Societies, Forums, Message Boards, Libraries, Archives.

Burt County Courthouse and Government Records

Researchers often fail to notice the great importance of Burt County court, probate, and land records as a resource of family history and genealogy information. Buried away in Nebraska courthouses and archives just about everywhere could be the aspirations and frustrations of the many Nebraska citizens. The chances are excellent that your particular ancestors have left a in-depth record of at least quite a few facets of their lives in the Burt County court records. Even if your forefathers is not referred to in a Court case, give some thought to all of the other procedures which could have lead to him or her appearing in court records.

Make sure you speak to the clerk's dept to determine hours, mailing address, fees and other specifics just before visiting or asking for information because of many times changing contact info. The Department Offices DO NOT DO RESEARCH. The data files are readily available to interested parties, barring confidential issues. Many workers will help people in obtaining the materials, but it is up to the individual to complete the research.

The following details denotes exactly what marriage, birth, death, land, probate, and court records are typically in Burt County. The dates suggested below tend to be the first noted records data in this county.

  • Burt County Courthouse (all departments listed below are located here, unless otherwise noted)
    • Address: 111 N 13th St, Tekamah, NE 68061
    • Phone: (402) 374-2955
  • Burt County Clerk is responsible for Marriage Licenses and can also be expected to hold delayed birth registrations. Other records of interest to the researcher include military discharges, voter registrations, estray notices, marks and brands, physician’s registers, farm and ranch names, and school registers.
    • Marriage Records: 1861
  • Burt County Register of Deeds is responsible for maintaining and securing the land records of the county. The duties include preserving of old land records and maintaining records that have been recorded which include, warranty deeds, mortgages, deeds of trust, plats and any other documents that affect a specific piece of land in the county.
    • Land Records: 1857
  • Burt Clerk of Courts is duties include misdemeanor cases, including traffic, preliminary hearing in felony cases, civil cases involving less than $45,000, small claims involving less than $2,400, probate, guardianship, conservatorship, adoption, and eminent domain and function as juvenile courts.
    • Probate Records: 1858 
    • Court Records: 1858 
  • Nebraska Office of Vital Records has copies of birth, marriage, divorce and death records. There is a fee for each copy requested. Please refer to the information to the Statewide Vital Records in Nebraska for current fees and application process. Birth, marriage, and death records are connected with central life events.

Burt County Links

The following are web links to Family history and genealogy, Records and Resources relating to Burt County. A majority of these genealogy links fall into 3 categories: Professional Sites, Private Sites or Organization Sites. Some have free access some have to have a fee. This is merely a list that has been gathered or submitted. I do not recommend or promote one genealogy site over another. Feel free to submit your own preferred Burt County genealogy or family history related sites.

Burt Co. NE Books, Newspapers & Publications

Burt Co. NE Birth, Marriage & Death Records

Burt Co. NE Court, Probate Land and Tax Records

Burt Co. NE Census Records

Burt Co. NE Cemeteries & Church Records

Burt Co. NE Family Websites, Pictures & Histories

Burt Co. NE General and History Websites

Burt Co. NE Maps, Atlases & Gazetteers

Burt Co. NE Military Records

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