Hamilton County, Nebraska
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Hamilton County

Hamilton County was founded on February 16, 1867 from Unorganized area of the Nebraska Territory. You see, the county was named in honor of Alexander Hamilton, the first United States Secretary of the Treasury.

Currently the Hamilton County Seat is located in Aurora and also the county government website is http://www.co.hamilton.ne.us/

Places adjoining Hamilton County are Polk County  (northeast), York County  (east), Clay County  (south), Hall County  (west), Merrick County  (north).

Cities and towns situated in Hamilton County consists of Aurora, Giltner, Hampton, Hordville, Marquette, Phillips, Stockham.

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

Hamilton County Society and Family History Resources

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

Hamilton County Courthouse and Government Records

Researchers often fail to notice the great importance of Hamilton 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 Hamilton 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 Hamilton County. The dates suggested below tend to be the first noted records data in this county.

  • Hamilton County Courthouse (all departments listed below are located here, unless otherwise noted)
    • Address: 706 W 2nd St, Alma, NE 68920
    • Phone: (800) 923-8282
  • Hamilton 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: 1870
  • Hamilton 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: 1871
  • Hamilton 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: 1871 
    • Court Records: 1871 
  • 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.

Hamilton County Links

The following are web links to Family history and genealogy, Records and Resources relating to Hamilton 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 Hamilton County genealogy or family history related sites.

Hamilton Co. NE Books, Newspapers & Publications

Hamilton Co. NE Birth, Marriage & Death Records

Hamilton Co. NE Court, Probate Land and Tax Records

Hamilton Co. NE Census Records

Hamilton Co. NE Cemeteries & Graveyards

Hamilton Co. NE Church & Bible Records

Hamilton Co. NE Family Websites, Pictures & Histories

Hamilton Co. NE General and History Websites

Hamilton Co. NE Maps, Atlases & Gazetteers

Hamilton Co. NE Military Records

Hamilton Co. NE Schools & Directories

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