Cass County, Nebraska Genealogy

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Cass County
 

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

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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
Courthouse
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Location Map
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Adoption


County Information

Description

Cass County was named in honor of Lewis Cass, the son of Jonathan Cass, a Revolutionary Soldier.[2]

County Courthouse

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

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
1855 1855 1855 1860

Record Loss

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

Boundary Changes

Populated Places

The following are locations in Cass County, Nebraska:[4]

Cities

  • Louisville
  • Plattsmouth
  • Weeping Water

Villages

  • Alvo
  • Avoca
  • Cedar Creek
  • Eagle
  • Elmwood
  • Greenwood
  • Manley
  • Murdock
  • Murray
  • Nehawka
  • South Bend
  • Union

Unincorporated communities

  • Factoryville
  • Mynard
  • Rock Bluff
  • Wabash

Census divisions
Cass County is divided into the following divisions, called precincts, except for the cities of Plattsmouth and Weeping Water.

  • Avoca
  • Center
  • East Rock Bluff
  • Eight Mile Grove
  • Elmwood
  • Greenwood
  • Liberty
  • City of Louisville
  • Mount Pleasant
  • Nehawka
  • City of Plattsmouth
  • Plattsmouth
  • Salt Creek
  • South Bend
  • Stove Creek

History Timeline

Resources

Bible Records

Biographies

Business, Commerce, and Occupations

Cemeteries

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

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: "Wikipedia.org".

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

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.

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

Court Records

Directories

Emigration and Immigration

Ethnic, Political, and Religious Groups

Funeral Homes

Genealogies

Guardianship

Land and Property Records

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

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

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Migration

Early migration routes to and from Cass County for European and African American settlers included:

Military Records

Revolutionary War

Civil War

World War I

Naturalization and Citizenship

Newspapers

For information on Nebraska newspapers, see Nebraska Newspapers.

Nebraska Newspapers Online

Nebraska Newspaper Catalogs

Obituaries

Other Records

Periodicals

Probate Records

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 Records

School Records

Tax Records

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

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

Marriage

Death

Divorce

Research Facilities

Archives

Family History Centers

Family History Centers provide one-on-one assistance and free access to premium genealogical websites. In addition, many centers have free how-to genealogy classes.

Libraries

  • Plattsmouth Public Library
    401 Avenue A
    Plattsmouth, NE 68048
    Phone: 402-296-4154
    Fax: 402-296-4712
    Email: plattsmouthpubliclibrary@hotmail.com
  • Elmwood Public Library
    124 West D St
    PO Box 283
    Elmwood, NE 68349-0283
    Phone: 402-994-4125
    Fax: 402-994-4125
    Email: elmwoodlibrary@outlook.com
    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
    Email: kfranklibrary@hotmail.com
    Director: Karen Frank

Museums

Societies

Websites

  • 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

References

  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. http://genealogytrails.com/neb/cass/ accessed 09/29/2016
  3. Alice Eichholz, Ancestry’s Red Book: American State, County and Town Sources, Revised ed. (Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1992), 452-465. At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27rb 1992
  4. Wikipedia contributors, "Cass County, Nebraska," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cass_County,_Nebraska, accessed 29 July 2016.
  5. National Park Service, "(Auto Tour Route) Maps" in Oregon National Historic Trail at http://www.nps.gov/oreg/planyourvisit/maps.htm (accessed 18 July 2011).
  6. National Park Service, "(Auto Tour Route) Maps" in California National Historic Trail at http://www.nps.gov/cali/planyourvisit/maps.htm (accessed 18 July 2011).
  7. National Park Service, "Auto Tour Route Maps" in Mormon Pioneer National Historic Trail at http://www.nps.gov/mopi/planyourvisit/maps.htm (accessed 18 July 2011).