Sheridan County, Nebraska Genealogy

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Sheridan County
Sheridan County, Nebraska
Map of Nebraska highlighting Sheridan County
Location in the state of Nebraska
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Location of Nebraska in the U.S.
Founded February 25, 1885
County Seat Rushville
Address Sheridan County Courthouse
301 East 2nd Street
P.O. Box 39
Rushville, NE 69360
Phone: 308-327-5650

Sheridan 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

Sheridan County, Nebraska Record Dates

Beginning Dates for Major County Records
Birth Marriage Death Census Land Probate
1885 1890 1885 1894

County Courthouse

County Judge has marriage, probate and court records. Clerk District Court has divorce records. [1]


Parent County

1885 Sheridan County was created 25 February 1885 from Sioux County. County seat: Rushville [2]


Sheridan County is located in the northwestern part of the state.[3] The county was formed in 1885 and named after General Philip H. Sheridan.[4]

Boundary Changes

Record Loss

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


Populated Places[5]

  • Gordon
  • Rushville
  • Clinton
  • Hay Springs
Census-designated place
  • Whiteclay
Unincorporated communities
  • Bingham
  • Ellsworth
  • Hoffland
  • Lakeside
Ghost town
  • Antioch
1910 Census-designated places
  • Beaver
  • Box Butte
  • Clinton
  • Extension
  • Grant
  • Hunter
  • Kinkaid
  • Milan
  • Mill
  • Minnetonka
  • Mirage
  • Niobrara
  • Pine Creek
  • Ranch
  • Reno
  • Running Water
  • Schill
  • Sharp
  • Spring Lake
  • Township 31 - Hay Springs Village
  • Township 32 - Range 46
  • Township 33 - Gordon Village
  • Wolf Creek
  • Wounded Knee

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.  %±
1890 8,687
1900 3,066 −64.7%
1910 7,328 139.0%
1920 9,625 31.3%
1930 10,793 12.1%
1940 9,869 −8.6%
1950 9,539 −3.3%
1960 9,049 −5.1%
1970 7,285 −19.5%
1980 7,544 3.6%
1990 6,750 −10.5%
2000 6,198 −8.2%
2010 5,469 −11.8%
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 Sheridan 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 Sheridan 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 - Sheridan - 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


  • Rushville Public Library
    207 Sprague Street
    PO Box 389
    Rushville, NE 69360-0389
    Phone: 308-327-2740
    Fax: 308-327-2740
  • Cravath Memorial Library
    243 N Main St
    Hay Springs, NE 69347
    Phone: 308-638-4541

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), Sheridan County, Nebraska page 434, 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, "Sheridan County, Nebraska," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia,,_Nebraska, accessed 2 August 2016.