Our History

In 1848, a notary public and searcher of records named C.V. Gillespie launched in San Francisco the company that would eventually become Fidelity National Title Insurance. The launch of Gillespie’s business coincided with the discovery of gold in the American River near San Francisco and the resulting surge in demand for land in the area. During the devastating San Francisco earthquake and fire of 1906, employees and wives of Fidelity National Title’s predecessor company saved the title plant and other important property records. The documents become an invaluable resource when San Francisco’s City Hall and the Hall of Records were destroyed in the disaster. In 1920, Gillespie’s company was founded as the Western Title Insurance Company. Fidelity National Title Insurance Company, which would eventually purchase Western Title in 1987, began doing business in Nebraska in 1961. By 1981, Fidelity National Title was ranked the 48th largest title insurance underwriter in the United States. In 1984, Fidelity National Title Insurance was sold to its present holding company, Fidelity National Financial Inc. (FNF), one of the nation’s leading Fortune 500 companies. Fidelity National Title is dedicated to providing specialized title and closing services for the more complex transactions. As a real estate industry leader, we are committed to our Commercial, Industrial, Builder and Residential Development professionals.