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  • Jefferson County, Nebraska —
    Information Updated for:  Oct 24, 2011
  • Formed from:  portions of Thayer and Jones County (1856-66) and both dissolved into Jefferson County.
    Established:  18-Feb-1867
    County Seat:  Fairbury, Nebraska

    County history - Jefferson County is named in honor of Thomas Jefferson (April 13, 1743 - July 4, 1826) was the principal author of the Declaration of Independence (1776) and the Statute of Virginia for Religious Freedom (1777), the third President of the United States (1801 1809) and founder of the University of Virginia (1819). He was an influential Founding Father and an exponent of Jeffersonian democracy.

    Jefferson Courthouse
    GHLL Jefferson County Package:
    1. American History & Genealogy Project (None found online at the time of this update.)
    2. Cemetery Listings - may include photos, records, name lists, etc..
    3. Cities/Towns/Townships - compiled by Wikipedia
    4. Genealogy Forum - Jefferson County, NE Genealogy Forum (Genealogy.com)
    5. Society/Museum/Assn - (Jefferson County Genealogical Society / Fairbury, NE)
    6. Society/Museum/Assn - (Jefferson County Historical Society and Museums / Fairbury, NE)
    7. US/NEGenWeb site - Jefferson County Archives
    8. US/NEGenWeb - Jefferson County Genealogy & History
    9. Vital Records - Jefferson County Clerk, 411 Fourth Street, Fairbury, NE 68352-2513.
               Note:  For marriage records, contact the County Clerk's office in the county where the marriage license was applied for. For divorce records contact the Clerk of the District Court in the county where the divorce was granted.
    Additional Local History/Genealogy:
        Adjacent counties (GHLL listings):
             Saline County (north), Gage County (east), Washington County, Kansas
             (south), Republic County, Kansas (southwest corner), Thayer County (west),
             Fillmore County (northwest corner).

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    Census Information:
        1860 Census (T) - Federal Census, Jefferson County (Jones County when this census was taken) (Text: 1 page).


  • Johnson County, Nebraska —
    Information Updated for:  Feb 27, 2012
  • Formed from:  portions of Nemaha and Otoe Counties.
    Established:  xx-xxx-1857
    County Seat:  Tecumseh, Nebraska

    County history - Johnson County is named in honor of Richard Mentor Johnson (October 17, 1780 or 1781  November 19, 1850), who was the ninth Vice President of the United States, serving in the administration of Martin Van Buren (1837 1841). He is the only vice president ever elected by the United States Senate under the provisions of the Twelfth Amendment. Johnson also represented Kentucky in the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate and began and ended his political career in the Kentucky House of Representatives.

    Johnson Courthouse
    GHLL Johnson County Package:
    1. American History & Genealogy Project (None found online at the time of this update.)
    2. Cemetery Listings - may include photos, records, name lists, etc..
    3. Cities/Towns/Townships - compiled by Wikipedia
    4. Genealogy Forum - Johnson County, NE Genealogy Forum (Genealogy.com)
    5. Society/Museum/Assn - (Johnson County Historical Society & Museum / Tecumseh, NE)
    6. US/NEGenWeb site - Johnson County Archives
    7. US/NEGenWeb - Johnson County Genealogy & History
    8. Vital Records - Johnson County Clerk, P.O. Box 416, Tecumseh, NE 68450-0416.
               Note:  For marriage records, contact the County Clerk's office in the county where the marriage license was applied for. For divorce records contact the Clerk of the District Court in the county where the divorce was granted.
    Additional Local History/Genealogy:
        Adjacent counties (GHLL listings):
             Otoe County (north), Nemaha County (east), Pawnee County (south),
             Gage County (west), Lancaster County (northwest corner).

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    Census Information:
        1860 Census (I) and (T) - Federal Census, Johnson County (Index: 1 folder; 1 page / Text: 2 pages).


  • Kearney County, Nebraska —
    Information Updated for:  Aug 29, 2011
  • Formed from:  portions of territorial lands [original county].
    Established:  10-Jan-1860
    County Seat:  Minden, Nebraska

    County history - Kearney County is named in honor of nearby Fort Kearney, which in turn was named after Brigade General Stephen W. Kearny.

    Kearney Courthouse
    GHLL Kearney County Package:
    1. American History & Genealogy Project (None found online at the time of this update.)
    2. Cemetery Listings - may include photos, records, name lists, etc..
    3. Cities/Towns/Townships - compiled by Wikipedia
    4. Genealogy Forum - Kearney County, NE Genealogy Forum (Genealogy.com)
    5. Society/Museum/Assn - (South Central Nebraska Genealogical Society / Minden, NE)
          Kearney County Historical Society & Museum
          6th Street & Nebraska Ave/ 1423 32 Road
          Minden, NE 68959
          Telephone: 308-832-1789

    6. US/NEGenWeb site - Kearney County Archives
    7. US/NEGenWeb - Kearney County Genealogy & History
    8. Vital Records - Kearney County Register of Deeds , 424 North Colorado, P.O. Box 339, Minden, NE 68959.
               Note:  For marriage records, contact the County Clerk's office in the county where the marriage license was applied for. For divorce records contact the Clerk of the District Court in the county where the divorce was granted.
    Additional Local History/Genealogy:
        Adjacent counties (GHLL listings):
             Buffalo County (north), Adams County (east), Webster County (southeast),
             Franklin County (south), Harlan County (southwest corner), Phelps County
             (west).

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    Census Information:
        1870 Census (T) - Federal Census, Kearney County (Text: 2 pages).
        1920 Census (T) - Federal Census, Kearney County, ED-146 (Text: 3 pages).


  • Lancaster County, Nebraska —
    Information Updated for:  Feb 20, 2012
  • Formed from:  portions of Nebraska Territory (Cass County)[1855].
    Established:  10-Oct-1859
    County Seat:  Lincoln, Nebraska

    County history - The county is named after the then, county seat. The county seat was the village of Lancaster. Lancaster was renamed Lincoln after President Abraham Lincoln and became the state capital in 1867.

    Lancaster Courthouse
    Capitol history - In response to westward migration and the call for a trans-continental railroad Franklin Pierce signed the Kansas-Nebraska Act on May 30, 1854 creating the Nebraska Territory. The ensuing controversy over the location of the Territorial Capital in Omaha was not resolved until after Statehood in 1867, when the Legislature voted to move the State Capital south of the Platte River to the western edge of settlement in the new state. Nebraska's current Capitol stands in contrast to the two territorial and two state capitols to precede it.


    Nebraska State Capitol

    GHLL Lancaster County Package:
    1. American History & Genealogy Project (None found online at the time of this update.)
    2. Cemetery Listings - may include photos, records, name lists, etc..
    3. Cities/Towns/Townships - compiled by Wikipedia
    4. Genealogy Forum - Lancaster County, NE Genealogy Forum (Genealogy.com)
    5. Society/Museum/Assn - (Lincoln-Lancaster County Genealogical Society / Lincoln, NE)
    6. US/NEGenWeb site - Lancaster County Archives
    7. US/NEGenWeb - Lancaster County Genealogy & History
    8. Vital Records - Lancaster County Clerk, 555 South Tenth Street, Room 108, Lincoln, NE 68508-2803.
               Note:  For marriage records, contact the County Clerk's office in the county where the marriage license was applied for. For divorce records contact the Clerk of the District Court in the county where the divorce was granted.
    Additional Local History/Genealogy:
        Adjacent counties (GHLL listings):
             Saunders County (north), Cass County (northeast), Otoe County (southeast),
             Johnson County (southeast point), Gage County (south), Saline County
             (southwest), Seward County (northwest), Butler County (northwest corner).

        Lancaster County - 1908 University of Nebraska yearbook

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  • Lincoln County, Nebraska —
    Information Updated for:  Mar 7, 2010
  • Formed from:  portions of territorial lands.
    Established:  07-Jan-1860
    County Seat:  North Platte, Nebraska

    County history - Lincoln County is named in honor of Abraham Lincoln, the sixteenth president of the United States (1861-1865). The county name was changed from Shorter County on December 11, 1861.

    Lincoln Courthouse
    1. Lincoln County - American History & Genealogy Project (None found online at the time of this update.)
    2. Lincoln County - Cities/Towns/Townships:  From Wikipedia
    3. Lancaster County - Genealogical/Historical Society  (Lincoln-Lancaster County Genealogical Society (Lincoln, NE)
    4. Lincoln County - US/NEGenWeb site:  (Archives)
    5. Lincoln County - US/NEGenWeb site:  Genealogy & History
    6. Lincoln County - Genealogy Forum (Genealogy.com)

      Additional Local History/Genealogy:
    7. Lincoln County Cemeteries - Listings (county & cemetery); may include photos, records, name lists, etc..
    8. Lincoln County Vital Records - Lincoln County Clerk, Courthouse, North Platte, NE 69101.
               Note:  For marriage records, contact the County Clerk's office in the county where the marriage license was applied for. For divorce records contact the Clerk of the District Court in the county where the divorce was granted.


  • Madison County, Nebraska —
    Information Updated for:  Jan 6, 2014
  • Formed from:  portions of Loup County and McNeale Counties and Un-Organized territory.
    Established:  xx-xxx-1856
    County Seat:  Madison, Nebraska

    County history - Madison County is named in honor of Either James Madison, the fourth president of the United States; or, more likely, Madison, Wisconsin, where most of the new county's settlers were from.

    Madison Courthouse
    GHLL Madison County Package:
    1. American History & Genealogy Project - Madison County AHGP and / or ALHN
    2. American History & Genealogy Project - Madison County AHGP and / or ALHN
    3. Cemetery Listings - may include photos, records, name lists, etc..
    4. Cities/Towns/Townships - compiled by Wikipedia
    5. Genealogy Forum - Madison County, NE Genealogy Forum (Genealogy.com)
    6. Society/Museum/Assn - (Madison County Genealogical Society / Norfolk, NE)
    7. Society/Museum/Assn - (Madison County Historical Society & Museum / Madison, NE)
    8. US/NEGenWeb site - Madison County Archives
    9. US/NEGenWeb - Madison County Genealogy & History
    10. Vital Records - Also try, Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services.
    Additional Local History/Genealogy:
        Adjacent counties (GHLL listings):
             Stanton County (East), Platte County (South), Boone County (Southwest),
             Antelope County (Northwest), Pierce County (North).
               Note:   County names in gray print are not yet linked, those in blue are
                 linked.


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  • Nance County, Nebraska —
    Information Updated for:  Feb 16, 2011
  • Formed from:  portions of the Pawnee Indian Reservation.
    Established:  xx-xxx-1879
    County Seat:  Fullerton, Nebraska

    County history - Nance County is named in honor of Albinus Nance, the fourth governor of Nebraska.

    Nance Courthouse
    GHLL Nance County Package:
    1. American History & Genealogy Project (None found online at the time of this update.)
    2. Cemetery Listings - may include photos, records, name lists, etc..
    3. Cities/Towns/Townships - compiled by Wikipedia
    4. Genealogy Forum - Nance County, NE Genealogy Forum (Genealogy.com)
    5. Society/Museum/Assn - (None found online at the time of this update.)
    6. US/NEGenWeb site - Nance County Archives
    7. US/NEGenWeb - Nance County Genealogy & History
    8. Vital Records - Nance County Clerk, Courthouse, Fullerton, NE 68638.
               Note:  For marriage records, contact the County Clerk's office in the county where the marriage license was applied for. For divorce records contact the Clerk of the District Court in the county where the divorce was granted.
    Additional Local History/Genealogy:
        Adjacent counties (GHLL listings):
             Platte County (Northeast), Merrick County (South), Greeley County (West),
             Boone County (North).

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    Census Information:
        1870 Census (T) - Federal Census, Nance County, Pawnee Reservation (Text: 1 page).


  • Nuckolls County, Nebraska —
    Information Updated for:  Dec 6, 2010
  • Formed from:  portions of unorganized territorial lands [Clay county], 1860.
    Established:  xx-Jun-1871
    County Seat:  Nelson, Nebraska

    County history - Nuckolls County is named in honor of Lafayette Nuckolls, a member of the first Nebraska territorial legislature; and his brother, Stephen Nuckolls, a pioneer Nebraska settler, businessman and banker.
             Elkton was the first county seat. In the election of 1873 the county seat was centralized in Nelson.

    Nuckolls Courthouse
    GHLL Nuckolls County Package:
    1. American History & Genealogy Project (None found online at the time of this update.)
    2. Cemetery Listings - may include photos, records, name lists, etc..
    3. Cities/Towns/Townships - compiled by Wikipedia
    4. Genealogy Forum - Nuckolls County, NE Genealogy Forum (Genealogy.com)
    5. Society/Museum/Assn - (Nuckolls County Historical Society and Museum / Superior, NE)
          Nuckolls County Genealogical Society
          P.O. Box 441
          Superior, NE 68978-0441

    6. US/NEGenWeb site - Nuckolls County Archives
    7. US/NEGenWeb - Nuckolls County Genealogy & History
    8. Vital Records - Nuckolls County Clerk, Courthouse, Nelson, NE 68961.
               Note:  For marriage records, contact the County Clerk's office in the county where the marriage license was applied for. For divorce records contact the Clerk of the District Court in the county where the divorce was granted.
    Additional Local History/Genealogy:
        Adjacent counties (GHLL listings):
             Clay County (north), Fillmore County (northeast), Thayer County (east),
             Republic County, Kansas (southeast), Jewell County, Kansas (southwest),
             Webster County (west).

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    Census Information:
        1870 Census (T) - Federal Census, Nuckolls County (Text: 1 page).


  • Pawnee County, Nebraska —
    Information Updated for:  Feb 20, 2012
  • Formed from:  portions of Richardson County.
    Established:  xx-xxx-1855
    County Seat:  Pawnee City, Nebraska

    County history - Pawnee County is named in honor of the Native American tribe, Pawnee (also Paneassa, Pari, Pariki) are a Caddoan-language Native American tribe that historically lived along outlying tributaries of the Missouri River: the Platte, Loup and Republican Rivers in present-day Nebraska and in Northern Kansas. They were one of the dominant tribes on the Great Plains and followed a way of life which major patterns had been continuous since about the year, 1250.


    Pawnee Courthouse
    GHLL Pawnee County Package:
    1. American History & Genealogy Project (None found online at the time of this update.)
    2. Cemetery Listings - may include photos, records, name lists, etc..
    3. Cities/Towns/Townships - compiled by Wikipedia
    4. Genealogy Forum - Pawnee County, NE Genealogy Forum (Genealogy.com)
    5. Society/Museum/Assn - (Pawnee City Historical Society & Museum / Pawnee City, NE)
    6. Society/Museum/Assn - (Table Rock Historical Society & Museum / Table Rock, NE)
    7. US/NEGenWeb site - Pawnee County Archives
    8. US/NEGenWeb - Pawnee County Genealogy & History
    9. Vital Records - Pawnee County Clerk, Register of Deeds or Treasurer, P.O. Box 431, Pawnee City, NE 68420-0431.
               Note:  For marriage records, contact the County Clerk's office in the county where the marriage license was applied for. For divorce records contact the Clerk of the District Court in the county where the divorce was granted.
    Additional Local History/Genealogy:
        Adjacent counties (GHLL listings):
             Richardson County (East), Nemaha County, Kansas (Southeast), Marshall
                County, Kansas
    (Southwest), Gage County (West), Johnson County (North),
             Nemaha County (Northeast).

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  • Phelps County, Nebraska —
    Information Updated for:  Mar 15, 2010
  • Formed from:  portions of Kearney County.
    Established:  xx-xxx-1873
    County Seat:  Holdrege, Nebraska

    County history - Phelps County is named in honor of William Phelps, a riverboat captain on the Mississippi River who is alleged to have settled in the area.

    Phelps Courthouse
    1. Phelps County - American History & Genealogy Project (None found online at the time of this update.)
    2. Phelps County - Cities/Towns/Townships:  From Wikipedia
    3. Phelps County - Genealogical/Historical Society  (Phelps County Historical Society & Museum / Holdrege, NE)
    4. Phelps County - US/NEGenWeb site:  (Archives)
    5. Phelps County - US/NEGenWeb site:  Genealogy & History
    6. Phelps County - Genealogy Forum (Genealogy.com)

      Additional Local History/Genealogy:
    7. Phelps County Cemeteries - Listings (county & cemetery); may include photos, records, name lists, etc..
    8. Phelps County Vital Records - Phelps County Clerk, P.O. Box 334, Holdrege, NE 68949-0334.
               Note:  For marriage records, contact the County Clerk's office in the county where the marriage license was applied for. For divorce records contact the Clerk of the District Court in the county where the divorce was granted.

  • Society/Museum/Assn - (Holdrege Area Genealogical Club / Holdrege, NE)
  • Society/Museum/Assn - (National Sod House Society / Holdrege, NE)


  • Pierce County, Nebraska —
    Information Updated for:  Dec 14, 2009
  • Formed from:  portions of Izard, and McNeale Counties and Un-Organized territory.
    Established:  xx-xxx-1856
    County Seat:  Pierce, Nebraska

    County history - Pierce County is named in honor of Franklin Pierce, the fourteenth president of the United States.

    Pierce Courthouse
    1. Pierce County - American History & Genealogy Project (None found online at the time of this update.)
    2. Pierce County - Cities/Towns/Townships:  From Wikipedia
    3. Pierce County - Genealogical/Historical Society  (Pierce Historical Society & Museum / Pierce, NE)
    4. Pierce County - US/NEGenWeb site:  (Archives)
    5. Pierce County - US/NEGenWeb site:  Genealogy & History
    6. Pierce County - Genealogy Forum (Genealogy.com)

      Additional Local History/Genealogy:
    7. Pierce County Cemeteries - Listings (county & cemetery); may include photos, records, name lists, etc..
    8. Pierce County Vital Records - Pierce County Clerk, P.O. Box 218, 111 W. Court Room 1, Pierce, NE 68767-0218.
               Note:  For marriage records, contact the County Clerk's office in the county where the marriage license was applied for. For divorce records contact the Clerk of the District Court in the county where the divorce was granted.

    Census Information:
  • 1870 Census (I) and (T) - Pierce County, NE 1870 Federal Census.


  • Platte County, Nebraska —
    Information Updated for:  Aug 31, 2009
  • Formed from:  portions of territorial lands [original county].
    Established:  xx-xxx-1856
    County Seat:  Columbus, Nebraska

    County history - Platte County is named for the Platte River, which runs through the area. French explorer &tienne de Veniard, sieur de Bourgmont in 1714, who named it the Nebraskier, an Oto [Indian] word meaning "flat water". The French word for flat, plate (pronounced plat, or platte), was later applied. The river provided valuable transportation for the French trade in furs with the Pawnee and Oto Indians.

    Platte Courthouse
    1. Platte County - American History & Genealogy Project (None found online at the time of this update.)
    2. Platte County - Cities/Towns/Townships:  From Wikipedia
    3. Platte County - Genealogical/Historical Society  (Platte County Historical Society & Museum (Columbus, NE)
    4. Platte County - US/NEGenWeb site:  (Archives)
    5. Platte County - US/NEGenWeb site:  Genealogy & History
    6. Platte County - Genealogy Forum (Genealogy.com)

      Additional Local History/Genealogy:
    7. Platte County Cemeteries - Listings (county & cemetery); may include photos, records, name lists, etc..
    8. Platte County Vital Records - Platte County Clerk, 2610 14th Street, Columbus, NE 68601-4929.
               Note:  For marriage records, contact the County Clerk's office in the county where the marriage license was applied for. For divorce records contact the Clerk of the District Court in the county where the divorce was granted.

    Census Information:
       1870 Census (T) - Federal Census of Platte County (51 separate pages which may be viewed by number)


  • Polk County, Nebraska —
    Information Updated for:  Sep 7, 2009
  • Formed from:  portions of territorial lands (York county in those days), [original county], 1856.
    Established:  06-Aug-1870
    County Seat:  Osceola, Nebraska

    County history - Polk County is named in honor of James Knox Polk, eleventh President of the United States (1845 - 1849).

    Polk Courthouse
    1. Polk County - American History & Genealogy Project (None found online at the time of this update.)
    2. Polk County - Cities/Towns/Townships:  From Wikipedia
    3. Polk County - Genealogical/Historical Society (None found online at the time of this update.)
          Polk County Historical Society
          P.O. Box 565
          Osceola, NE 68651
          402-747-7901

    4. Polk County - US/NEGenWeb site:  (Archives)
    5. Polk County - US/NEGenWeb site:  Genealogy & History
    6. Polk County - Genealogy Forum (Genealogy.com)

      Additional Local History/Genealogy:
    7. Polk County Cemeteries - Listings (county & cemetery); may include photos, records, name lists, etc..
    8. Polk County Vital Records - Polk County Clerk, Courthouse, Osceola, NE 68651.
               Note:  For marriage records, contact the County Clerk's office in the county where the marriage license was applied for. For divorce records contact the Clerk of the District Court in the county where the divorce was granted.

    Census Information:
        1870 Census (T) - NE 1870 Federal Census, McFadden Post Office.

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