Red Willow County, Nebraska Genealogy

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United States
Red Willow County
Red Willow County, Nebraska
Map of Nebraska highlighting Red Willow County
Location in the state of Nebraska
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Location of Nebraska in the U.S.
Founded February 27, 1873
County Seat McCook
Address Red Willow County Courthouse
502 Norris Ave.
McCook, NE 69001-2006
Phone: 308.345.1552

Red Willow County, Nebraska genealogy and family history research page. Guide to genealogy, history, and courthouse sources including birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, wills, deeds and land records, Civil War records, family histories, cemeteries, churches, tax records, newspapers, and obituaries.


County Information

Red Willow County, Nebraska Record Dates

Beginning Dates for Major County Records
Birth Marriage Death Census Land Probate
1873 1880 1879 1873

County Courthouse

County Clerk has marriage records from 1874 and land records from 1888. County Court has probate records. Court has divorce and court records. Veteran Service Office has military records. School Superintendent has school census. [1]


Parent County

1873 Red Willow County was created 27 February 1873 from unorganized territory. County seat: McCook [2]


Red Willow country is located in lower western part of the state.[3] It was named after Red Willow Creek. [4]

Boundary Changes

Record Loss

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


Populated Places [5]

  • Bartley
  • Danbury
  • Indianola
  • Lebanon
  • Marion
  • McCook
  • Perry
  • Shippee

Neighboring Counties



Tombstone Transcriptions Online Tombstone Transcriptions in Print List of Cemeteries in the county Family History Library
NEGenWeb WorldCat Billion Graves
NEGenWeb Archives
Tombstone Project
Nebraska Cemeteries
Billion Graves
See Nebraska Cemeteries for more information.


Historical populations
Census Pop.  %±
1880 3,044
1890 8,837 190.3%
1900 9,604 8.7%
1910 11,056 15.1%
1920 11,434 3.4%
1930 13,859 21.2%
1940 11,951 −13.8%
1950 12,977 8.6%
1960 12,940 −0.3%
1970 12,191 −5.8%
1980 12,615 3.5%
1990 11,705 −7.2%
2000 11,448 −2.2%
2010 11,055 −3.4%
Source: "".
State Census Records
Federal Census Records

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

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


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.



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.

Online Land Records

For more information see Nebraska Land and Property

Local Histories

Local histories are available for Red Willow 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



Revolutionary War
Civil War


For information on Nebraska newspapers, see Nebraska Newspapers.

Nebraska Newspapers Online

Nebraska Newspaper Catalogs


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 - Red Willow - Probate records.

Online Probate 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.

Marriage Records

Online Marriage Records Indexes and Images

Societies and Libraries

County, Township and City Societies


  • Butler Memorial Library
    621 Penn St
    Cambridge, NE 69022
    Phone: 308-697-3836

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. See family history center for more information. Search the online FHC directory for a nearby family history center.



  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Red Willow County, Nebraska page 433, At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  2. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).
  3. accessed 09/29/2016
  4.,_Nebraska accessed 09/29/2016
  5. Wikipedia contributors, "Red Willow County, Nebraska," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia,,_Nebraska, accessed 1 August 2016.