Welcome to Pierce County, Nebraska Genealogy!


County Coordinator: Kathleen Carlson

I do need your help to make this a better page. If you would like to volunteer to do lookups, have a favorite resource I can add, source information that can help others, or see anything on this site that needs fixing, send me an email at bussgrrl@gmail.com. I would like to hear from you.

NEW: Back up and running. Rootsweb was down for a while. Now it is back up and I have access to update this site once again.

This page is proud to be a part of the NEGenWeb Project and the USGenWeb Project. If Pierce County is not the County you are looking for, check out the NEGenWeb County Sites List.

NEGenWeb was formed June 15, 1996, when Dale Schneider created the Nebraska Genealogy Project as a part of the USGenWeb Genealogy Project. At that time, there was very little available on the web for those who were researching genealogy in Nebraska. Over the next year, volunteers were recruited to coordinate the webpages for each county. These volunteers were willing to coordinate the collection of databases and generally oversee the contents of the county webpages, which would include listing information on where to look in that county for genealogical research. Contact the volunteer shown on the county page if you have a desire to help or add your data to the database. You may notice a message on a county page indicating it is available for adoption. If you would like to adopt one of these counties, please contact the current coordinator of the page, whose name is listed on their county site, the State Coordinator, or the Assistant State Coordinator.

The Beginning of Pierce County


In 1859 the present Pierce county was created by Territorial Legislation. The county and Pierce City, the county seat, were named after Franklin Pierce, who was inaugurated in 1853, the fourteenth president of the United States.

Originally Pierce county contained fifteen townships, there being a jog in the northeast corner, but on February 5, 1875, Pierce county pulled a trick on Cedar county. It happened so very long ago very few, if any, old timers remember it.

In those far-off days Cedar county’s southern boundary was a straight line, while Pierce county’s northern boundary line dipped six miles south and then six miles east on the eastern side. One bright morning, Cedar county awoke to discover that the legistlature had amputated the southeast township and transplanted it on Pierce county. Cedar county’s representative in the legislature had never heard a word about it until the job was done.

In this way Pierce county straightened her northern boundary and Cedar county acquired a jog in her southern boundary. The part of the town of Randolph in Cedar county that extends over the line in Pierce county was nicknamed “Dog Town” and still bears that name. In addition to acquiring a whole township without cost, Pierce County acquired several miles of railroad for taxation purposes.

Two years later the Pierce county representative, together with representatives from other counties, fixed it so no county could acquire any portion of another county without the consent of both counties, so Cedar County was stopped from getting that township back.

SOURCE: “Along Pioneer Trails in Pierce County, Nebraska"

Neighboring Counties: Antelope, Cedar, Knox, Madison, Stanton, and Wayne.

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Towns Past and Present


Current Cities and Villages

Past Cities

  • Moorehouse
  • Roseview
  • Roseville
  • Shannon
  • West Randolph
  • Willowdale

Ghost Towns