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'''Blaine 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.  
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Guide to '''Blaine County, Nebraska ancestry, genealogy and family history''', birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.
  
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{{Infobox U.S. County 2016
  
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|organized=  March 5,  1885
| county = Blaine County
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|county seat= Brewster
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|parent county= [[Custer County, Nebraska Genealogy|Custer]]<ref name="HBG">''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'', 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Nebraska.{{WorldCat|50140092|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|1049485|item|disp=FHL Book 973 D27e 2002}}.</ref>
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|county1= [[Brown County, Nebraska Genealogy|Brown]]
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|county2= [[Cherry County, Nebraska Genealogy|Cherry]]
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|county3= [[Custer County, Nebraska Genealogy|Custer]]
| founded title = [[Nebraska County Creation Dates and Parent Counties|Founded]]
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|county4= [[Logan County, Nebraska Genealogy|Logan]]
| founded year = 1885
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|county5= [[Loup County, Nebraska Genealogy|Loup]]
| founded date = March 5
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|county6= [[Rock County, Nebraska Genealogy|Rock]]
| seat wl= Brewster
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|county7= [[Thomas County, Nebraska Genealogy|Thomas]]</br><center>[[Blaine County, Nebraska Genealogy#Maps and Gazetteers|See County Maps]]</center>
| building image = Blaine county courthouse.gif
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| building address = '''[[Blaine County, Nebraska Courthouse|Blaine County Courthouse]]'''<br>P.O. Box 136<br>Brewster, Nebraska 68821<br>Phone: 308.547.2222
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== County Courthouse  ==
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== County Information ==
  
[http://www.blainecounty.ne.gov/ Blaine County Courthouse]<br>PO Box 136<br> Brewster, NE 68821<br> Phone: 308.547.2222<br><br>County Judge has probate and court records.<br>County Clerk has divorce and land records from 1887. <ref name="HBG">''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'', 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Blaine County, Nebraska page 428, {{WorldCat|50140092|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|1049485|item|disp=FHL Book 973 D27e 2002}}.</ref>  
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=== Description ===
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Blaine county was formed by legislation in 1885 and fully organized in 1886.<ref>"Nebraska Historic Buildings Survey" (PDF). Nebraska State Historical Society. May 15, 1989. http://www.nebraskahistory.org/histpres/reports/blaine_county.pdf </ref> It is named after presidential candidate James G. Blaine.<ref>https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blaine_County,_Nebraska accessed 10/26/2016</ref> Blaine County is located in the mid-section of the state and is the county seat is Brewster.<ref>http://genealogytrails.com/neb/blaine/ accessed 10/26/2016 </ref>  
  
== History  ==
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=== County Courthouse ===
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{{NE Courthouse Intro|Blaine}}
  
==== Parent County ====
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'''Blaine County Courthouse'''<br>145 Lincoln Avenue<br>Brewster, NE 68821-9700<br>Phone: 308.547.2222, ext. 211 or 308.547.2340<br>[http://www.blainecounty.ne.gov/ Blaine County Website]<br><br>County Judge has probate and court records. <br>County Clerk has divorce and land records from 1887. <ref name="HBG">''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'', 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Nebraska.{{WorldCat|50140092|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|1049485|item|disp=FHL Book 973 D27e 2002}}.</ref>
  
'''1885--'''Blaine County was created 5 March 1885 from [[Custer County, Nebraska|Custer County]]. '''County seat:''' Brewster <ref name="Handybook">''The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'',10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).</ref>  
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=== Blaine County, Nebraska Record Dates  ===
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{{NE Record Dates Intro}}
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| bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" colspan="7" | <center>'''Known Beginning Dates for Major Records<ref>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</ref>'''</center>
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| width="14.2%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Blaine County, Nebraska Genealogy#Birth|Birth*]]'''
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| width="14.2%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Blaine County, Nebraska Genealogy#Marriage|Marriage]]'''
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| width="14.2%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Blaine County, Nebraska Genealogy#Death|Death*]]'''
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| width="14.2%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Blaine County, Nebraska Genealogy#Court Records|Court]]'''
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| width="14.2%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Blaine County, Nebraska Genealogy#Land and Property Records|Land]]'''
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| width="14.2%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Blaine County, Nebraska Genealogy#Probate Records|Probate]]'''
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| width="14.2%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Blaine County, Nebraska Genealogy#Census Records|Census]]'''
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| width="14.2%" align="center" |1885
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| width="14.2%" align="center" |1885
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==== Boundary Changes  ====
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=== Record Loss ===
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There is no known history of courthouse disasters in this county.
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==== Record Loss  ====
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=== Boundary Changes ===
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{{NE Boundary Changes Intro|Blaine}}
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*'''1885''' Blaine County was created 5 March 1885 from [[Custer County, Nebraska Genealogy|Custer County]].
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*'''County seat:''' Brewster<ref name="HBG">''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'', 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Nebraska.{{WorldCat|50140092|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|1049485|item|disp=FHL Book 973 D27e 2002}}.</ref><br>
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*[http://www.mapofus.org/nebraska/ Interactive Formation Boundary Map of Nebraska] - shows boundary changes for Nebraska Counties
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*[http://publications.newberry.org/ahcbp/documents/NE_Individual_County_Chronologies.htm Nebraska Historical Boundary Changes] - list of all boundary changes by county provided by [https://www.newberry.org/ Newberry Library]
  
== Places/Localities  ==
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==== Populated Places ====
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=== Populated Places ===
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{{NE Populated Places Intro|Blaine}}
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The following are locations in Blaine County, Nebraska:<ref>Wikipedia contributors, "Blaine County, Nebraska," in ''Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia'', https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blaine_County,_Nebraska, accessed 29 July 2016.</ref>
  
==== Neighboring Counties  ====
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'''''Villages'''''<br>
  
*[[Brown County, Nebraska|Brown]]
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*[[Cherry County, Nebraska|Cherry]]
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*[[Custer County, Nebraska|Custer]]
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*[[Logan County, Nebraska|Logan]]
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* Brewster (county seat)
*[[Loup County, Nebraska|Loup]]
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*[[Rock County, Nebraska|Rock]]
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* Dunning
*[[Thomas County, Nebraska|Thomas]]
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* Halsey (partial)
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== Resources  ==
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'''''Unincorporated community'''''<br>
  
==== Cemeteries  ====
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* Purdum
  
==== Census  ====
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=== History Timeline ===
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{{NE Historical Timeline Intro|Blaine}}
  
{{Census|Nebraska}}  
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== Resources ==
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{{NE Resources Intro|Blaine}}
  
==== Church  ====
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=== Bible Records ===
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{{NE Bible Intro|Blaine}}
  
==== Court ====
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=== Biographies ===
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{{NE Biographies Intro|Blaine}}
  
==== Land  ====
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=== Business, Commerce, and Occupations ===
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{{NE Business Records Intro|Blaine}}
  
==== Local Histories  ====
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=== Cemeteries ===
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{{NE Cemeteries Intro|Blaine}}
  
==== Maps ====
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| colspan="2" bgcolor="#E0E0E0" style="border:1px solid black"| <center>'''Cemeteries of Blaine County, Nebraska''' online and in print</center>
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| width="25%" bgcolor="#E0E0E0" style="border:1px solid black" | <center>'''Tombstone Transcriptions Online'''</center>
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* [http://findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gsr&GSfn=&GSmn=&GSln=&GSbyrel=all&GSby=&GSdyrel=all&GSdy=&GScntry=4&GSst=31&GScnty=1808&GSgrid=&df=all&GSob=n Findagrave.com]
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* [http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~neblaine/ NEGenWeb]
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* [http://usgwtombstones.org/nebraska/blaine.html Tombstone Project]
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* [http://nebraskagravestones.org/cemeteries.php?selected_cid=5 Nebraska Gravestones]
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* [https://billiongraves.com/pages/search/# Billion Graves]
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| width="25%" bgcolor="#E0E0E0" style="border:1px solid black" | <center>'''Tombstone Transcriptions in Print''' ([[The Value of Cemetery Records in Print |Often more complete]])</center>
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* {{FHL|1355822|subject-id|disp=Family History Library}}
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* [http://www.worldcat.org/search?q=su%3Acemetery+blaine+nebraska&qt=advanced&dblist=638 WorldCat]
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| width="25%" bgcolor="#E0E0E0" style="border:1px solid black" |<center>'''List of Cemeteries in the County'''</center>
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* [http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=csr&CScn=&CScntry=4&CSst=31&CScnty=1808 Findagrave.com]
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* [https://billiongraves.com/search/results?year_range=5&action=search_cemetery&exact=true&country=United%20States&state=Nebraska&county=Blaine&cemetery_name=a Billion Graves]
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| colspan="2" bgcolor="#E0E0E0" style="border:1px solid black"| <center>See '''[[Nebraska Cemeteries]]''' for more information</center>
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*[http://www.historygeo.com/search/ Family Maps of {{PAGENAME}}] (land patent maps) at HistoryGeo.com ($). Free surname search.
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=== Census Records ===
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{{NE Census Intro|Blaine}}
  
==== Military  ====
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{{Historical populations
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|type = USA
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|heading = Census
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|footnote = Source: [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blaine_County,_Nebraska "Wikipedia.org".]
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|1890 |1146
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|1900 |603
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|1910 |1672
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|1920 |1778
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|1930 |1584
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|1940 |1538
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|1950 |1203
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|1960 |1016
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|1970 |847
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|1980 |867
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|1990 |675
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|2000 |583
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|2010 |478
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==== Newspapers  ====
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Federal Censuses were taken for Nebraska starting in 1860. For links to Federal census indexes, see [[Nebraska Census]].
  
==== Probate  ====
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{{Census|Nebraska}}
  
==== Taxation  ====
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'''''State Census Records'''''<br>
  
==== Vital Records  ====
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*'''1854 - 1870''' - [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=3559 Nebraska, Compiled Census Index, 1854-1870] at [http://ancestry.com Ancestry.com] - index ($)
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*'''1860 - 1885''' - [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=1668 Nebraska State Census Collection 1860-1885] at [http://ancestry.com Ancestry.com] - index and images ($)
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*'''1885''' - {{RecordSearch|1810728|Nebraska State Census 1885}} at [https://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index and images
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*'''1885''' - [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=6585 Nebraska State Census 1885] at [http://ancestry.com Ancestry.com] - index and images ($)
  
== Societies and Libraries  ==
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=== Church Records ===
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{{NE Church Intro|Blaine}}
  
==== Family History Centers<br>  ====
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=== Court Records ===
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{{NE Court Intro|Blaine}}
  
*[[Introduction to LDS Family History Centers]]
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=== Directories ===
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{{NE Directories Intro|Blaine}}
  
== Web Sites ==
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=== Emigration and Immigration ===
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{{NE Emigration Intro|Blaine}}
  
*USGenWeb project. May have maps, name indexes, history or other information for this county. Select the state, then the county.
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=== Ethnic, Political, and Religious Groups ===
*{{FHL|Nebraska%2C+Blaine|subject|disp=Family History Library Catalog}}
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{{NE Ethnic Groups Intro|Blaine}}
  
== References ==
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=== Funeral Homes ===
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{{NE Funeral Homes Intro|Blaine}}
  
<references />
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=== Genealogies  ===
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{{NE Genealogies Intro|Blaine}}
  
{{Nebraska|Nebraska}} {{Nebraska-stub}}  
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=== Guardianship ===
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{{NE Guardianship Intro|Blaine}}
  
[[Category:Blaine_County,_Nebraska]]
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=== Land and Property Records ===
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{{NE Land Intro|Blaine}}
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{{NE Land}}
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*[http://www.glorecords.blm.gov/search/ Land Patent Search] - index to federal patents and homesteads on the [http://www.glorecords.blm.gov/default.aspx Bureau of Land Management] website, some images available
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*'''1796 - 1907''' - [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=1246 U.S. General Land Office Records, 1796-1907] at [http://ancestry.com Ancestry] - index, info taken from Bureau of Land Management website
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*'''1861 - 1936''' - [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=60593 U.S. Homestead Records 1861-1936] at [http://home.ancestry.com Ancestry.com] - ($), index and images
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For more information see [[Nebraska Land and Property]]
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=== Local Histories ===
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{{NE Histories Intro|Blaine}}
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{{NE History Intro}}
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=== Maps and Gazetteers ===
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{{NE Maps Intro|Blaine}}
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*[http://www.historygeo.com/search/ Family Maps of Blaine County, Nebraska Genealogy] (land patent maps) at HistoryGeo.com ($). Free surname search.
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*[http://www.nebraskahistory.org/databases/gazetteer.shtml Nebraska Gazetteer] - database for all known places found in 1890 and 1911 Nebraska gazetteers
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*[http://www.mapofus.org/nebraska/ Interactive Formation Boundary Map of Nebraska] - shows boundary changes for Nebraska Counties
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[[Image:Neblaine.png|500px|Neblaine.png]]
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=== Migration ===
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{{NE Migration Intro|Blaine}}
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=== Military Records ===
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{{NE Military Intro|Blaine}}
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==== Revolutionary War ====
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{{NE Revolutionary War Intro|Blaine}}
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*'''1775 - 1783''' - {{RecordSearch|2546162|United States Rosters of Revolutionary War Soldiers and Sailors, 1775-1783}} at [https://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] - images only
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*''For more nationwide Revolutionary War databases, see [[United_States_Military_Online_Genealogy_Records|US Military Online Genealogy Records]].''
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==== Civil War ====
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{{NE Civil War Intro|Blaine}}
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*'''1861 - 1865''' - {{RecordSearch|1932417|Nebraska Civil War Service Records of Union Soldiers, 1861-1865}} at [https://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index
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*'''1891''' - [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=4755 Nebraska Resident Military Roster on June 1, 1891] at [http://ancestry.com Ancestry.com] - ($), Roster of Soldiers, Sailors, and Marines of the War of 1812, the Mexico War, and the War of the Rebellion, residing in Nebraska June 1, 1891
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*'''1893''' - [http://www.usgennet.org/usa/ne/county/holt/1893/nebraska.html Roster of Nebraska Veterans] - list of veterans in 1893
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*''For more nationwide Civil War databases, see [[United_States_Military_Online_Genealogy_Records|US Military Online Genealogy Records]].''
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==== World War I ====
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{{NE World War I Intro|Blaine}}
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*'''1917 - 1918''' - [http://www.nebraskahistory.org/databases/WWIdraft.shtml World War I Drafts 1917-1918] - index only
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*''For more nationwide World War I databases, see [[United_States_Military_Online_Genealogy_Records|US Military Online Genealogy Records]].''
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=== Naturalization and Citizenship ===
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{{NE Naturalization Intro|Blaine}}
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=== Newspapers ===
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{{NE Newspapers Intro|Blaine}}
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{{NE Newspaper abstracts|Adams}}
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'' Nebraska Newspapers Online''
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*[http://nebnewspapers.unl.edu/search/advanced/ Nebraska Newspapers] - contains images of newspapers throughout Nebraska
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*[http://www.genealogybank.com/explore/newspapers/all/usa/nebraska GenealogyBank] - ($), contains images of Nebraska newspapers
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*[http://newspaperarchive.com/us/nebraska/ Newspaper Archive] - ($), contains images of Nebraska newspapers
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*[http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/ Chronicling America] - contains images of some Nebraska newspapers; [http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/help/#basic_searching searching tips]
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*[http://elephind.com/ Elephind] - Free; search engine that retrieves newspaper images from other free newspaper websites
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''Nebraska Newspaper Catalogs''
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*[http://nhs.mlasolutions.com/oasis/catalog/(S(zbsz4355ibqf0u45unq01wrq))/Default.aspx?installation=NebraskaHistorical Nebraska State Historical Society] - catalog of known Nebraska newspapers; lists repositories that have the newspapers
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*[http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/search/titles/ U.S. Newspaper Directory, 1690-Present] on Chronicling America - contains a list of all known newspapers and the dates they cover; once you locate a newspaper name, contact the local library to see if they have copies of the newspaper
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=== Obituaries ===
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{{NE Obituaries Intro|Blaine}}
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=== Other Records ===
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{{NE Other Records Intro|Blaine}}
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*'''1870 - 1990''' — [http://www.nebraskahistory.org/databases/prisoners.shtml Nebraska Prisoner Records 1870-1990] — index only
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=== Periodicals ===
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{{NE Periodicals Intro|Blaine}}
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=== Probate Records ===
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{{NE Probate Intro|Blaine}}
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'''Online Probate Records'''
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*'''1806 – 1989''' [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=9073 Nebraska Wills and Probate Records 1806-1989] at [http://home.ancestry.com Ancestry.com] — index and images $
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=== School Records ===
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{{NE Schools Intro|Blaine}}
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=== Tax Records ===
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{{NE Tax Intro|Blaine}}
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=== Vital Records ===
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{{NE Vital Intro|Blaine}}
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==== Birth ====
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{{NE Vital Records - Birth Intro|Blaine}}
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==== Marriage ====
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{{NE Vital Records - Marriage Intro|Blaine}}
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*'''1855 - 1995''' — {{RecordSearch|1708654|Nebraska Marriages, 1855-1995}} at [https://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index only
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==== Death ====
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{{NE Vital Records - Death Intro|Blaine}}
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==== Divorce ====
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{{NE Vital Records - Divorce Intro|Blaine}}
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== Research Facilities ==
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{{NE Research Facilities Intro|Blaine}}
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=== Archives ===
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{{NE Archives Intro|Blaine}}
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=== Family History Centers ===
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{{Family History Centers Intro}}
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=== Libraries ===
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{{NE Libraries Intro|Blaine}}
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:*'''[http://www.blainecountylibrary.org/ Blaine County Library]'''<br>Director: Valerie Frank<br>P.O. Box 610<br>112 4th St. W.<br>Chinook, MT 59523<br>Phone: (406) 357-2932<br>Fax:  (406)357-2552<br>E-mail: [mailto:blcolib@itstriangle.com blcolib@itstriangle.com]
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=== Museums ===
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{{NE Museums Intro|Blaine}}
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== Societies ==
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{{NE Societies Intro|Blaine}}
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:*'''[http://www.blainecounty.ne.gov/history.html Blaine County Historical Society]'''<br>P.O. Box 7<br>Brewster, NE 68821
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== Websites ==
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{{NE Websites Intro|Blaine}}
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*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~neblaine/ NEGenWeb]
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*[http://www.usgwarchives.net/ne/blaine/blatable.htm USGenWeb]
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*{{FHL Place IDNum|204246|Nebraska|Blaine}}- The FamilySearch catalog contains descriptions and access information for all genealogical materials (including books, online materials, microfilm, microfiche, and publications) in their collection.  Use [https://familysearch.org/search/ Historical Records] to search for specific individuals in genealogical records
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== Research Guides ==
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{{NE Research Guides Intro|Blaine}}
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== References ==
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<references />
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{{Nebraska|Nebraska}}
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[[Category:Blaine County, Nebraska]][[Category:Nebraska_Counties]]

Latest revision as of 16:28, 30 October 2017

United States
Nebraska
Blaine County
 

Guide to Blaine 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: Brewster
Organized: March 5, 1885
Parent County(s): Custer[1]
Neighboring Counties
Brown  • Cherry  • Custer  • Logan  • Loup  • Rock  • Thomas
See County Maps
Courthouse
NebraskaBlaineCourthouse.jpg
Location Map
200px-Map of Nebraska highlighting Blaine County svg.bmp
Adoption


County Information

Description

Blaine county was formed by legislation in 1885 and fully organized in 1886.[2] It is named after presidential candidate James G. Blaine.[3] Blaine County is located in the mid-section of the state and is the county seat is Brewster.[4]

County Courthouse

Blaine County Courthouse
145 Lincoln Avenue
Brewster, NE 68821-9700
Phone: 308.547.2222, ext. 211 or 308.547.2340
Blaine County Website

County Judge has probate and court records.
County Clerk has divorce and land records from 1887. [1]

Blaine 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[5]
Birth* Marriage Death* Court Land Probate Census
1885 1885 1885 1900

Record Loss

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

Boundary Changes

Populated Places

The following are locations in Blaine County, Nebraska:[6]

Villages

  • Brewster (county seat)
  • Dunning
  • Halsey (partial)

Unincorporated community

  • Purdum

History Timeline

Resources

Bible Records

Biographies

Business, Commerce, and Occupations

Cemeteries

Cemeteries of Blaine 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.  %±
1890 1,146
1900 603 −47.4%
1910 1,672 177.3%
1920 1,778 6.3%
1930 1,584 −10.9%
1940 1,538 −2.9%
1950 1,203 −21.8%
1960 1,016 −15.5%
1970 847 −16.6%
1980 867 2.4%
1990 675 −22.1%
2000 583 −13.6%
2010 478 −18.0%
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 Blaine 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.

For more information see Nebraska Land and Property

Local Histories

Local histories are available for Blaine 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 - Blaine - 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

Websites

  • NEGenWeb
  • USGenWeb
  • 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. "Nebraska Historic Buildings Survey" (PDF). Nebraska State Historical Society. May 15, 1989. http://www.nebraskahistory.org/histpres/reports/blaine_county.pdf
  3. https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blaine_County,_Nebraska accessed 10/26/2016
  4. http://genealogytrails.com/neb/blaine/ accessed 10/26/2016
  5. 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
  6. Wikipedia contributors, "Blaine County, Nebraska," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blaine_County,_Nebraska, accessed 29 July 2016.