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Lancaster Co.
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History of 
Lancaster County, Nebraska


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?

There are 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.

The Nebraska 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.

Court Records
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.

Probate Records
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.

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