Webster County, Nebraska Genealogy

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Webster County

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

County Facts
County seat: Red Cloud
Organized: February 16, 1867
Parent County(s): unorganized territory[1]
Neighboring Counties
Adams  • Clay  • Franklin  • Jewell (KS)  • Kearney  • Nuckolls  • Smith (KS)
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County Information


Webster County is located in the on the southern border of the state. The county was formed 16 February 1867 and fully organized in 19 April 1871. The county was named after the statesman Daniel Webster. The County has Red Cloud as its seat.[2]

County Courthouse

Webster County Courthouse
621 N. Cedar Street
Red Cloud, NE 68970
Phone: 402.746.2716
Webster County Website

County Clerk has marriage, land, divorce, probate and court records from 1871 and naturalization records from 1874.[1]

Webster 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
1904 1871 1904 1871 1871 1871 1854
Statewide registration for births and deaths started in late 1904. General compliance by 1920.

Record Loss

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

Boundary Changes

Populated Places

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


Blue Hill Red Cloud


  • Bladen
  • Cowles
  • Guide Rock

Unincorporated communities

Amboy Rosemont

Census-designated place

  • Inavale

History Timeline


Bible Records


Business, Commerce, and Occupations


Cemeteries of Webster 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 16
1880 7,104 44300.0%
1890 11,210 57.8%
1900 11,619 3.6%
1910 12,008 3.3%
1920 10,922 −9.0%
1930 10,210 −6.5%
1940 8,701 −14.8%
1950 7,395 −15.0%
1960 6,224 −15.8%
1970 5,396 −13.3%
1980 4,858 −10.0%
1990 4,279 −11.9%
2000 4,061 −5.1%
2010 3,812 −6.1%
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 Webster 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


Emigration and Immigration

Ethnic, Political, and Religious Groups

Funeral Homes



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 Webster 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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Military Records

Revolutionary War

Civil War

World War I

Naturalization and Citizenship


For information on Nebraska newspapers, see Nebraska Newspapers.

Nebraska Newspapers Online

Nebraska Newspaper Catalogs


Other Records


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 - Webster - 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.





Research Facilities


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.


  • Auld Public Library
    P.O. Box 287
    Red Cloud, NE 68970-0287
    Phone: 402-746-3352
    Fax: 402-746-3352
    Email: rclibr@hotmail.com
    Director: Terri Eberly
  • Blue Hill Public Library
    317 West Gage St
    PO Box 278
    Blue Hill, NE 68930-0278
    Phone: 402-756-2701
    Fax: 402-756-2702
    Email: bluehillpubliclibrary@gmail.com
    Director: Shari Alber
  • Auld Doudna Public Library
    155 W Grant
    Guide Rock, NE 68942
    Phone: 402-257-4015




Research Guides


  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/Webster_County,_Nebraska accessed 09/29/2016
  3. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Webster County, Nebraska. Page 428-435 At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002; Alice Eichholz, ed. Ancestry’s Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources, Third ed. (Provo, Utah: Ancestry, 2004), 417-420.
  4. Wikipedia contributors, "Webster County, Nebraska," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Webster_County,_Nebraska, accessed 2 August 2016.