Cass County, Nebraska Genealogy

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

County Facts
County seat: Plattsmouth
Organized: November 23, 1854
Parent County(s): Original county[1]
Neighboring Counties
Fremont (IA)  • Lancaster  • Mills (IA)  • Otoe  • Sarpy  • Saunders
See County Maps
Location Map
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County Information[edit | edit source]

Description[edit | edit source]

The County was named for Lewis Cass. The County is located in the southeast area of the state.[2]

County Courthouse[edit | edit source]

Cass County Courthouse
346 Main Street
Plattsmouth, NE 68048
Phone: 855-658-5736 (toll free)
Cass County Website

County Clerk has marriage records from 1855.
County Court has probate and court records from 1854.
Cemetery Board has burial records.
Clerk District Court has divorce records from 1855.
Register of Deeds has land records. [1]

Cass County, Nebraska Record Dates[edit | edit source]

Information for this chart was taken from various sources, often containing conflicting dates. This information should be taken as a guide and should be verified by contacting the county and/or the state government agency.

Known Beginning Dates for Major Records[3]
Birth* Marriage Death* Court Land Probate Census
1904 1855 1904 1854 1855 1854 1854
*Statewide registration for births and deaths started in late 1904. General compliance by 1920.

Record Loss[edit | edit source]

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

Boundary Changes[edit | edit source]

Populated Places[edit | edit source]

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:[4]

Unincorporated communities
Census-designated places
  • Avoca
  • Center
  • East Rock Bluff
  • Eight Mile Grove
  • Elmwood
  • Greenwood
  • Liberty
  • Louisville
  • Mount Pleasant
  • Nehawka
  • Plattsmouth
  • Salt Creek
  • South Bend
  • Stove Creek
  • Tipton
  • Weeping Water
  • West Rock Bluff

History Timeline[edit | edit source]

Resources[edit | edit source]

Bible Records[edit | edit source]

Biographies[edit | edit source]

Business, Commerce, and Occupations[edit | edit source]

Cemeteries[edit | edit source]

Cemeteries of Cass 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 Records[edit | edit source]

Historical populations
Census Pop.
1860 3,369
1870 8,151 141.9%
1880 16,683 104.7%
1890 24,080 44.3%
1900 21,330 −11.4%
1910 19,786 −7.2%
1920 18,029 −8.9%
1930 17,684 −1.9%
1940 16,992 −3.9%
1950 16,361 −3.7%
1960 17,821 8.9%
1970 18,076 1.4%
1980 20,297 12.3%
1990 21,318 5.0%
2000 24,334 14.1%
2010 25,241 3.7%
Source: "".

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

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

State Census Records

Church Records[edit | edit source]

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.
List of Churches and Church Parishes

  • Immanuel Lutheran Church, located at 36712 Church Road, Louisville, Nebraska, 68037-2918
  • Trinity Lutheran Church, located at 31104 Church Road, Murdock, Nebraska 68407-2216

Online Church Records[edit | edit source]

Court Records[edit | edit source]

Directories[edit | edit source]

Emigration and Immigration[edit | edit source]

Ethnic, Political, and Religious Groups[edit | edit source]

Funeral Homes[edit | edit source]

Genealogies[edit | edit source]

Guardianship[edit | edit source]

Land and Property Records[edit | edit source]

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 Histories[edit | edit source]

Local histories are available for Cass 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.

Maps and Gazetteers[edit | edit source]

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Migration[edit | edit source]

Early migration routes to and from Cass 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.

Military Records[edit | edit source]

Revolutionary War[edit | edit source]

Civil War[edit | edit source]

World War I[edit | edit source]

World War II[edit | edit source]

Naturalization and Citizenship[edit | edit source]

Newspapers[edit | edit source]

For information on Nebraska newspapers, see Nebraska Newspapers.

Nebraska Newspapers Online

Nebraska Newspaper Catalogs

Obituaries[edit | edit source]

Other Records[edit | edit source]

Periodicals[edit | edit source]

Probate Records[edit | edit source]

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 - Cass - Probate records.

Online Probate Indexes and Records

School Records[edit | edit source]

Social Security Records[edit | edit source]

Tax Records[edit | edit source]

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 Records[edit | edit source]

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.

Birth[edit | edit source]

Marriage[edit | edit source]

Death[edit | edit source]

Divorce[edit | edit source]

Research Facilities[edit | edit source]

Archives[edit | edit source]

Listed below are archives in Cass County. For state-wide archival repositories, see Nebraska Archives and Libraries.

Family History Centers[edit | edit source]

Family History Center and Affiliate Library Locator map - search for local Family History Centers or Affiliate Libraries

  • Family History Centers provide one-on-one assistance, free access to center-only databases, and to premium genealogical websites.
  • FamilySearch Affiliate Libraries have access to most center-only databases, but may not always have full services normally provided by a family history center.

Local Centers and Affiliate Libraries

Libraries[edit | edit source]

Listed below are libraries in Cass County. For state-wide library facilities, see Nebraska Archives and Libraries.

  • Plattsmouth Public Library
    401 Avenue A
    Plattsmouth, NE 68048
    Phone: 402-296-4154
    Fax: 402-296-4712
  • Elmwood Public Library
    124 West D St
    PO Box 283
    Elmwood, NE 68349-0283
    Phone: 402-994-4125
    Fax: 402-994-4125
    Director: Janet L Sorensen
  • Greenwood Public Library
    619 Main St
    PO Box 29
    Greenwood, NE 68366-0029
    Phone: 402-789-2301
    Fax: 402-789-2323
    Director: Karen Frank

Museums[edit | edit source]

Societies[edit | edit source]

Listed below are societies in Cass County. For state-wide genealogical societies, see Nebraska Societies.

  • Cass County Genealogy Club
    1116 Third Avenue
    Plattsmouth, NE 68048

Websites[edit | edit source]

  • NEGenWeb
  • 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 Guides[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 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. Wikipedia contributors, "Cass, Nebraska," in,_Nebraska"
  3. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Cass 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.
  4. Wikipedia contributors, "Cass County, Nebraska," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia,,_Nebraska, accessed 18 January 2019.
  5. National Park Service, "(Auto Tour Route) Maps" in Oregon National Historic Trail at (accessed 18 July 2011).
  6. National Park Service, "(Auto Tour Route) Maps" in California National Historic Trail at (accessed 18 July 2011).
  7. National Park Service, "Auto Tour Route Maps" in Mormon Pioneer National Historic Trail at (accessed 18 July 2011).