Thurston County, Nebraska Genealogy

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Thurston County
 

Guide to Thurston 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: Pender
Organized: March 28, 1889
Parent County(s): Burt[1]
Neighboring Counties
Burt  • Cuming  • Dakota  • Dixon  • Monona (IA)  • Wayne  • Woodbury (IA)
See County Maps
Courthouse
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Location Map
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Adoption


County Information

Description

Thurston County is located in the northeastern part of the state.[2] It was named after United States Senator John M. Thurston.[3]

County Courthouse

Thurston County Courthouse
106 S. 5th Street
P.O. Box G
Pender, NE 68047
Phone: 402.385.2343
Thurston County Website

County judge has marriage and probate records from 1889.
Clerk District Court has divorce and court records from 1889.
County Clerk has land records from 1885.[1]

Thurston 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[4]
Birth* Marriage Death* Court Land Probate Census
1855 1882 1895 1870

Record Loss

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

Boundary Changes

Populated Places

The following are locations in Thurston County, Nebraska:[5]

Cities

  • Emerson (partial)
  • Pender
  • Rosalie
  • Thurston
  • Walthill
  • Winnebago

Census-designated place

  • Macy

Townships

  • Anderson
  • Blackbird
  • Bryan
  • Dawes
  • Flournoy
  • Merry
  • Omaha
  • Pender
  • Perry
  • Thayer
  • Winnebago

History Timeline

Resources

Bible Records

Biographies

Business, Commerce, and Occupations

Cemeteries

Cemeteries of Thurston 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 31
1880 109 251.6%
1890 3,176 2813.8%
1900 6,517 105.2%
1910 8,704 33.6%
1920 9,589 10.2%
1930 10,462 9.1%
1940 10,243 −2.1%
1950 8,590 −16.1%
1960 7,237 −15.8%
1970 6,942 −4.1%
1980 7,186 3.5%
1990 6,936 −3.5%
2000 7,171 3.4%
2010 6,940 −3.2%
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 Thurston 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

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.

Online Land Records

For more information see Nebraska Land and Property

Local Histories

Local histories are available for Thurston 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 - Thurston - 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

  • House Memorial Library
    220 Thurston Av
    PO Box 519
    Pender, NE 68047-0519
    Phone: 402-385-2521
    Fax: 402-385-2521
    Email: hmlibrary@abbnebraska.com
    Director: Ann Bachman
  • Walthill Public Library
    PO Box 466
    Walthill, NE 68067
    Phone: 402-846-5051
  • Emerson Public Library
    110 N Main St
    Emerson, NE 68733
    Phone: 402-695-2449

Museums

Societies

  • Thomas County Genealogical Society
    c/o Mrs. Calvin Jones
    P O Box 136
    Thedford, NE 69166-0136

Websites

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/thurston/ accessed 09/29/2016
  3. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thurston_County,_Nebraska accessed 09/29/2016
  4. 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
  5. Wikipedia contributors, "Thurston County, Nebraska," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thurston_County,_Nebraska, accessed 2 August 2016.