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Hall County, Nebraska Genealogy


Guide to Hall County, Nebraska ancestry, genealogy and family history, birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.

County Facts
County seat: Grand Island
Organized: November 4, 1858
Parent County(s): Original county[1]
Neighboring Counties
Adams  • Buffalo  • Clay  • Hamilton  • Howard  • Kearney  • Merrick
See County Maps
Location Map
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County InformationEdit


Hall County is located in the sixth tier of counties west of the Missouri River.. [2] The county was named after Augustus Hall, an early judge of this territory.[3]

County CourthouseEdit

Hall County Courthouse
111 W. 1st Street
Grand Island, NE 68801
Phone: 308.385.5080
Hall County Website

County Clerk has marriage records from 1869.
County Judge has probate records.
Clerk District Court has divorce and court records.
Register has land records. [1]

Hall County, Nebraska Record DatesEdit

Beginning Dates for Major County Records[4]
Birth* Marriage Death* Court Land Probate Census
1904 1869 1904 1867 1858 1859 1854
Statewide registration for births and deaths started in late 1904. General compliance by 1920.

Record LossEdit

There is no known history of courthouse disasters in this county.

Boundary ChangesEdit

Populated PlacesEdit

For a complete list of populated places, including small neighborhoods and suburbs, visit Hometown Locator. The following are the most historically and genealogically relevant populated places in this county:[5]

Unincorporated communities

History TimelineEdit

Local histories are available for Hall County, Nebraska Genealogy. County histories may include biographies, church, school and government history, and military information. For more information about local histories, see the wiki page section Nebraska Local Histories.


Bible RecordsEdit


  • Biographical and Historical memoirs of Adams, Clay, Hall and Hamilton Counties, Nebraska. Comprising a Condensed History of the State, a number of Biographies of Distinguished Citizens of the same, a Brief Descriptive History of each of the Counties mentioned, and numerous Biographical Sketches of the Citizens of such Counties
  • History of Hall County, Nebraska: A Narrative of the Past with Special Emphasis Upon the Pioneer Period of the County's History, and Chronological Presentation of its Social, Commercial, Educational, Religious, and Civic Development from the Early Days to the Present Time, and Special Analysis of its Military and Civil Participation in the Late World War - The book includes several biographical sketches of Hall's citizens.

Business, Commerce, and OccupationsEdit


Cemeteries of Hall County, Nebraska online and in print
Tombstone Transcriptions Online
Tombstone Transcriptions in Print (Often more complete)
List of Cemeteries in the County
See Nebraska Cemeteries for more information


Census RecordsEdit

Historical populations
Census Pop.
1860 116
1870 1,057 811.2%
1880 8,572 711.0%
1890 16,513 92.6%
1900 17,206 4.2%
1910 20,361 18.3%
1920 23,720 16.5%
1930 27,117 14.3%
1940 27,523 1.5%
1950 32,186 16.9%
1960 35,757 11.1%
1970 42,851 19.8%
1980 47,690 11.3%
1990 48,925 2.6%
2000 53,534 9.4%
2010 58,607 9.5%
Source: "".

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

Federal Censuses were taken for Nebraska starting in 1860. For links to Federal census indexes, see Nebraska Census.

State Census Records

Church RecordsEdit

Church records vary significantly depending on the denomination and the record keeper. They may contain information about members of the congregation, such as age, date of baptism, christening, or birth; marriage information and maiden names; and death date. For general information about Nebraska denominations, view the Nebraska Church Records wiki page.

Online Church Records

Ward and Branch Records of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

  • Grand IslandRecord of Members 1929-1941 at family History Library

Court RecordsEdit


Emigration and ImmigrationEdit

Ethnic, Political, and Religious GroupsEdit

Funeral HomesEdit



Land and Property RecordsEdit

Land and property records can place an ancestor in a particular location, provide economic information, and reveal family relationships. Land records include: deeds, abstracts and indexes, mortgages, leases, grants and land patents.

See Nebraska Land and Property for additional information about early Nebraska land grants. After land was transferred to private ownership, subsequent transactions were usually recorded at the county courthouse, where records are currently housed.

For more information see Nebraska Land and Property

Local HistoriesEdit

Maps and GazetteersEdit

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Click a neighboring county
for more resources


Early migration routes to and from Hall County for European and African American settlers included:

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The usage of "Mormon" and "LDS" on this page is approved according to current policy.


Grand Island railroad history. The first Transcontinental Railroad reached the present site of Grand Island, Nebraska in July of 1866. Railroads are still important to the town.

Military RecordsEdit

  • FHL 585121: Hall County, Nebraska : Civil War, Indian wars, Spanish American War, World War I. [n.d.: n.p] 1925. this is p. 228-241 of an unknown larger work. It lists names, addresses, units, and staates. It is divided by war. (FHL book 978.241 M2r).

Revolutionary WarEdit

Civil WarEdit

World War IEdit

World War IIEdit

Naturalization and CitizenshipEdit


For information on Nebraska newspapers, see Nebraska Newspapers. Nebraska Newspapers Online

Nebraska Newspaper Catalogs


Other RecordsEdit


Probate RecordsEdit

In most counties in Nebraska, probate records have been kept by the county judge. They include wills, fee books, claim registers, legacy records, inheritance records, probate ticklers, and dockets. The records are available at the county courthouse.

The FamilySearch Catalog lists films of probate records. To find the records for this county, use the Place Search for Nebraska - Hall - Probate records.

Online Probate Records

School RecordsEdit

Tax RecordsEdit

Nebraska tax records complement land records and can be used in place of censuses before 1820 or to supplement the years between censuses. There may be gaps of several years in the records.

Vital RecordsEdit

Vital Records consist of births, adoptions, marriages, divorces, and deaths recorded on registers, certificates, and documents. A copy or an extract of most original records can be purchased from the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services or the County Clerk's office of the county where the event occurred.





Research FacilitiesEdit


Family History CentersEdit

Family History Centers provide one-on-one assistance and free access to premium genealogical websites. In addition, many centers have free how-to genealogy classes.




  • Hall County Historical Society
    P.O. Box 1683
    Grand Island, NE 68802
    Phone: 308-385-1545
  • Cairo Roots Historical and Genealogical Society
    Cairo Roots c/o Mrs. Delmar Perkins
    Rt. 1, Box 42
    Cairo, NE 68804
  • Prairie Pioneer Genealogical Society
    P.O. Box 1122
    Grand Island, NE 68802
    Phone: 308-384-3218


  • NEGenWeb
  • USGenNet
  • USGenWeb
  • FamilySearch Catalog - The FamilySearch catalog contains descriptions and access information for all genealogical materials (including books, online materials, microfilm, microfiche, and publications) in their collection.  Use Historical Records to search for specific individuals in genealogical records

Research GuidesEdit


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Nebraska.At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  2. accessed 09/29/2016
  3.,_Nebraska accessed 09/29/2016
  4. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Hall County, Nebraska. Page 428-435 At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002; Alice Eichholz, ed. Ancestry’s Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources, Third ed. (Provo, Utah: Ancestry, 2004), 417-420.
  5. Wikipedia contributors, "Hall County, Nebraska," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia,,_Nebraska, accessed 30 January 2019.
  6. Jim Tompkins, "The Oregon Trail 1841-1848 Map I", Oregon Trail Landmarks, (accessed 18 July 2011).
  7. "Oregon California Trails Association" at (accessed 18 July 2011).
  8. "The Pioneer Story: The Mormon Pioneer Trail" in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints at (accessed 18 July 2011).