Hamilton Co. NE Genealogy Resources
Hamilton Co. Court House

Hamilton County Courthouse
(photo from Aurora News-Register)

Hamilton County Resources and Vital Records

Hamilton County Vital Records

Hamilton County Court House
1111 13th Street
Aurora, NE 68818

  • County Clerk's Office (402)694-3443
    Marriage records back to 1870, Land records back to 1870
    Will do lookup on the phone to see if they would have it by Groom or Bride's full name.
    No search fee, $1.00 per page plus a SASE.
  • Office of County Court, Sue Zaruba, Clerk Magistrate, (402)694-6188
    Probate records (including adoption, guardianship, conservatorship)
    Criminal records, Juvenile records, civil suits, traffic records, small claims suits
    No search fee, $.25 per copy
  • Office of District Court, Becky Shaw, Clerk, (402)694-3533
    Criminal records - felonies
    Dissolution of marriage
    Recovering and dispersing of child support
    Naturalization Records back to 1870
    No search fee, $1.00 per copy

Hamilton County Resources

These are some of the resources available for Hamilton County and where to find them.

If you have questions about these resources, you may contact David Gochenour.

Resource Where to find it
Hamilton County census beginning 1860
Obituaries beginning in 1950's. Some years missing
No search fee
Microfilm of 20 county newspapers, back to 1870's
(Giltner Gazette, Hamilton County, Register, Marquette Independent, Marquette News,
Hampton Herald, Hampton Times, Hampton Ledger, Hamilton County Democrat,
Aurora Telegraph, Sunday Morning Bazoo, Hampton Journal,
Hampton Record, Hampton Star, Phillips Advertiser, Republican Advertiser)

Check the USGenWeb Census Project Hamilton County page for online census indexes.
Alice M. Farr Library
1603 'L' Street
Aurora, NE 68818 (402)694-2272
Web page
Hamilton County Newspapers 1875 - 1995
Aurora High School Annuals (1902-2000) and other Hamilton County Annuals
Hamilton County Telephone Books 1905 - present
Obituaries 1983 - present
Memorial Folders (Higby-McQuiston Mortuary) c.1912-2001
County Cemetery Tombstone Listings
Royal Highlanders
G.A.R., and other Military
Plat books 1888-present
Various County histories and other resources 1890 - present
Phographic Collection
Some church records and family histories

A $20 research fee is charged for lookups. Experienced researchers check not only records at the Plainsman Museum, but at the Hamilton County Courthouse as well as the Alice M. Farr Library. Please explain if you are looking for something specific when you submit a research request. There will be an additional fee of 10 cents per copy.
There is no research fee to researchers who visit the Museam and do their own research. Copy fees will still apply. Resources available during Museum hours only.
Hamilton County Historical Society

housed at the
Plainsman Musem
210 - 16th Street
Aurora, NE 68818
April 1 - October 31
9 a.m.- 5 p.m. Monday - Saturday
1 p.m.- 5 p.m. Sunday
November 1 - March 31
1 p.m. - 5 p.m. daily
Higby Mortuary, Aurora, Nebraska
Includes recent obituaries
Higby Mortuary

Lookups and Reference Sources

These are some of the reference sources available for Hamilton County. Any person listed is a volunteer. Please follow the guidelines for lookups and remember to thank your volunteer. If you would like to offer to do lookups, please remember that you should have permission to do so from the reference's author or publisher or the reference you have available meets the copyright policies of The USGenWeb Project.

You may request a look-up from these resources, using these guidelines:

  • Put HAMILTON COUNTY LOOKUP in the subject line of your request.
  • Put the name of the resource from which you are requesting the lookup in the first line of your message.
  • Don't forget to say "Thank-you" to the volunteer for giving so freely of their time.
Reference Who to contact
Cemetery Look-ups
Will do cemetery lookups for Aurora and Phillips cemeteries and tombstone pictures in all of Hamilton County.

Jackie Rudnick ravenna53@yahoo.com
permission for look-ups given by the author, Jerry Sherard
Contains history and atlases (1888, 1903, 1916 and 1923) of southwest Hamilton County, NE. Genealogical information on early residents of the area including Civil War veterans, homestead claims, cemetery inscriptions, farm sales, births, deaths, marriages, biographies and extracts from Giltner newspapers prior to 1963. Will do lookups for specific names as found in the index.

Jackie Rudnick ravenna53@yahoo.com
Nebraska Place Names
by Elton A. Perkey, Revised Edition, 1995

Barb Hruza PikeGirl@hamilton.net
Nebraska, Where Dreams Grow
by Dorothy Weyer Creigh, published 1980

Barb Hruza PikeGirl@hamilton.net
Immanuel Danish Evangelical Lutheran Church, contents of the minister's book 1874 - 1917. (on computer disk, by Edmund Elkjer.) Contains baptisms, confirmations, marriages, burials, departures and members of the church. The church was located near Hampton, but has been moved to the Stuhr Museum, in Grand Island, Nebraska.

Judy Damewood jhdame@erols.com
Cemetery listings
I will do lookups in the cemetery lists that were created in the 1980's. I am not able to visit the cemeteries for newer burials.

Linda Willuweit-Joy l.joy@juno.com

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