Cheyenne County, Nebraska Genealogy

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United States
Nebraska
Cheyenne County
 

Guide to Cheyenne 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: Sidney
Organized: June 22, 1867
Parent County(s): unorganized territory[1]
Neighboring Counties
Banner  • Deuel  • Garden  • Kimball  • Logan (CO)  • Morrill  • Sedgwick (CO)  • Weld (CO)
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Courthouse
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Location Map
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County Information

Description

Cheyenne County was formed in June 22, 1867. It was fully organized in August 1870 and detached from Lincoln County. The county was named after the Cheyenne Native American tribe.[2]

County Courthouse

Cheyenne County Courthouse
1000 10th Ave.
Sidney, NE 69162-1612
Phone: 308.254.2141
Cheyenne County Website

County Clerk has marriage and land records.
County Court has probate records.
Clerk District Court has divorce records. [1]

Cheyenne 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
1867 1871 1871 1870

Record Loss

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

Boundary Changes

Populated Places

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

  • Dalton
  • Gurley
  • Lodgepole
  • Potter
  • Sidney

History Timeline

Resources

Bible Records

Biographies

Business, Commerce, and Occupations

Cemeteries

Cemeteries of Cheyenne 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.  %±
1870 190
1880 1,558 720.0%
1890 5,693 265.4%
1900 5,570 −2.2%
1910 4,551 −18.3%
1920 8,405 84.7%
1930 10,187 21.2%
1940 9,505 −6.7%
1950 12,081 27.1%
1960 14,828 22.7%
1970 10,778 −27.3%
1980 10,057 −6.7%
1990 9,494 −5.6%
2000 9,830 3.5%
2010 9,998 1.7%
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 Cheyenne 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.

Court Records

Cheyenne County has both a District and a County Court. The District Court issues writs, files papers delivered to him, endorses papers, and keeps records of court proceedings. The County Court files copies of Land records as well as birth, marriage, and death records.

  • District Court
    Courthouse
    1000 10th Ave
    PO Box 217
    Sidney, Nebraska 69162-0217
    Telephone: (308)254-2814
  • County Court
    Courthouse
    1000 10th Ave
    Sidney, Nebraska 69162-0217
    Telephone: (308)254-2141

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 Cheyenne 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

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 - Cheyenne - 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

Museums

Societies

  • Cheyenne County Genealogical Society (DDGS)
    P.O. Box 802
    Sidney, NE 69162
    The society has all Cheyenne County marriage records prior to 1 Jan 1987, cemetery transcription books done in 1998, census films for the county, and a county history with biographies. See their GenWeb site for fees. The collections of the CCGS have been moved to the Sidney Public Library to the B. Seda Heritage Room.
  • Cheyenne County Historical Society
    P.O. Box 802
    Sidney, NE 69162
  • Cheyenne County Historical Society
    Fort Sidney Complex
    6th & Jackson Sts.
    Sidney, NE 69162
    Phone: 308-254-2550

Websites

  • NEGenWeb
  • USGenWeb project. May have maps, name indexes, history or other information for this county. Select the state, then the county.
  • 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. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cheyenne_County,_Nebraska 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, "Cheyenne County, Nebraska," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cheyenne_County,_Nebraska, accessed 29 July 2016.