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In 1854 Congress established the Nebraska
Territory which initially was divided into nine counties. What is now
Lancaster was part of Cass County. On 6 March
1855, the territorial legislature passed a law establishing the name
and the first boundaries of Lancaster County. The county's name first
appeared on a map in 1857. The county was organized on an autumn day
in 1859 when a meeting was held on the east bank of Salt Creek near
what is now the train depot.
On 10 October 1859,
county officers were elected. In 1863, the boundaries of the county,
as we know them today, were formed. In 1864, a village called
Lancaster was platted and served as the county seat.
What's Available in Lancaster?
cemetery records available.
Where counties have a guide available, you
can find a wealth of information such as a list of cemeteries, their
locations and whether or not the listing has been published by anyone.
Sometimes in publications such as this, you can find the names and
addresses of funeral homes and mortuaries.
State Historical Society
has records of transcribed cemeteries. It is my understanding that
there are records compiled for all but a few remaining counties.
A compilation of 150 Nebraska cemeteries is held by the
Daughters of the American Revolution Library in Washington, D.C.
There are many different records available
including: naturalization records (which include declarations of
intention, petitions for naturalization, and second or final papers),
marriage, divorce, civil cases, appeals and felony cases.
Wills, estate records, guardianships, bonds
and probate books can be found here. The Probate records are usually
found in the office of the clerk of courts. Sometimes,
if you cannot find your ancestor in the county you thought they were
in, you might want to check neighboring counties.