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{{Infobox U.S. County
 
| county = Seward County
 
| county_map = 200px-Map of Nebraska highlighting Seward County svg.bmp
 
| state = Nebraska
 
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| latd = 39.99
 
| longd = 91.19
 
| founded title = [[Nebraska County Creation Dates and Parent Counties|Founded]]
 
| founded year = 1855
 
| founded date = March 6
 
| seat = Seward
 
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| building address = '''[http://www2.connectseward.org/cgov/clerk.htm Seward County Courthouse]'''<br>529 Seward Street<br>P.O. Box 190<br>Seward, NE 68434<br>Phone: 402.643.2883
 
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'''Seward 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 '''Seward County, Nebraska ancestry, genealogy and family history''', birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.
  
{{Click|Image:NE_ORP.png|Nebraska Online Genealogy Records}}
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=== County Information ===
 
==== Seward County, Nebraska Record Dates ====
 
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<center>'''Beginning Dates for Major County Records'''</center>
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<center>{{Click|image:NE_ORP.png|Nebraska_Online_Genealogy_Records}}</center>
 
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|organized=  March 6,  1855
| width="16.6%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | [[#Land|'''Land''']]
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|county seat= Seward
| width="16.6%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[#Probate|Probate]]'''
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|parent county= [[Cass County, Nebraska Genealogy|Cass and]] Pierce (old) <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= [[Butler County, Nebraska Genealogy|Butler]]
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|county2= [[Fillmore County, Nebraska Genealogy|Fillmore]]
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|county3= [[Lancaster County, Nebraska Genealogy|Lancaster]]
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|county4= [[Polk County, Nebraska Genealogy|Polk]]
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|county5= [[Saline County, Nebraska Genealogy|Saline]]
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|county6= [[Saunders County, Nebraska Genealogy|Saunders]]
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|county7= [[York County, Nebraska Genealogy|York]]</br><center>[[Seward County, Nebraska Genealogy#Maps and Gazetteers|See County Maps]]</center>
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|county courthouse= [[Image:NebraskaSewardCourthouse.jpg|245x245px]]
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== County Information ==
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=== Description ===
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Seward County was organized in 1867. It was originally called Greene County, and in 1862 it was renamed in honor of William H. Seward, United States Secretary of State under Abraham Lincoln and Andrew Johnson.<ref>https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Seward_County,_Nebraska accessed 09/29/2016</ref>
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=== County Courthouse ===
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{{NE Courthouse Intro|Seward}}
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'''Seward County Courthouse'''<br>529 Seward Street<br>P.O. Box 190<br>Seward, NE 68434<br>Phone: 402.643.2883<br>[http://www.countyofsewardne.com/clerk Seward County Website]<br><br>County Clerk has marriage and land records from 1866. <br>County Court has probate records from 1869. <br>Clerk District Court has divorce records 1868 and court records from 1869. <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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=== Seward 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" | '''[[Seward County, Nebraska Genealogy#Birth|Birth*]]'''
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| width="14.2%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Seward County, Nebraska Genealogy#Marriage|Marriage]]'''
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| width="14.2%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Seward County, Nebraska Genealogy#Death|Death*]]'''
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| width="14.2%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Seward County, Nebraska Genealogy#Court Records|Court]]'''
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| width="14.2%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Seward County, Nebraska Genealogy#Land and Property Records|Land]]'''
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| width="14.2%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Seward County, Nebraska Genealogy#Probate Records|Probate]]'''
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| width="14.2%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Seward County, Nebraska Genealogy#Census Records|Census]]'''
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| width="14.2%" align="center" |1869
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| width="14.2%" align="center" |1856
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| width="14.2%" align="center" |1856
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| width="14.2%" align="center" |1860
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=== Record Loss ===
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| width="16.6%" align="center" |1869
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There is no known history of courthouse disasters in this county.
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| width="16.6%" align="center" |1860
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| width="16.6%" align="center" |1856
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| width="16.6%" align="center" |1856
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=== Boundary Changes ===
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{{NE Boundary Changes Intro|Seward}}
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*'''1855'''  Seward County was created 6 March 1855 from [[Cass County, Nebraska Genealogy|Cass and]] Pierce (old) Counties.
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*'''County seat:''' Seward<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]
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=== Populated Places ===
== County Courthouse  ==
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{{NE Populated Places Intro|Seward}}
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The following are locations in Seward County, Nebraska:<ref>Wikipedia contributors, "Seward County, Nebraska," in ''Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia'', https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Seward_County,_Nebraska, accessed 2 August 2016.</ref>
  
<br>County Clerk has marriage and land records from 1866. County Court has probate records from 1869. Clerk District Court has divorce records 1868 and court records from 1869. <ref name="HBG">''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'', 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Seward County, Nebraska page 434, {{WorldCat|50140092|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|1049485|item|disp=FHL Book 973 D27e 2002}}.</ref>  
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'''''Cities'''''<br>
  
== History  ==
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* Milford
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* Seward
  
==== Parent County  ====
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'''''Villages'''''<br>
  
'''1855'''  Seward County was created 6 March 1855 from [[Cass County, Nebraska Genealogy|Cass and]] Pierce (old) Counties. '''County seat:''' Seward <ref>''The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'',10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).</ref>
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* Beaver Crossing
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* Bee
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* Cordova
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* Garland
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* Goehner
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* Pleasant Dale
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* Staplehurst
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* Utica
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==== Description ====
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'''''Unincorporated communities'''''<br>
  
Seward County was organized in 1867. It was originally called Greene County, and in 1862 it was renamed in honor of William H. Seward, United States Secretary of State under Abraham Lincoln and Andrew Johnson.<ref>https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Seward_County,_Nebraska accessed 09/29/2016</ref>
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* Grover
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* Ruby
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'''''Census-designated place'''''<br>
  
==== Boundary Changes  ====
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* Tamora
  
*[http://www.mapofus.org/nebraska/ Interactive Formation Boundary Map of Nebraska] - shows boundary changes for Nebraska Counties
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'''''Ghost town'''''<br>
*[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]<br>
 
  
==== Record Loss  ====
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* Pittsburg
  
There is no known history of courthouse disasters in this county.
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=== History Timeline ===
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{{NE Historical Timeline Intro|Seward}}
  
== Places/Localities  ==
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== Resources ==
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{{NE Resources Intro|Seward}}
  
==== Populated Places <ref>Wikipedia contributors, "Seward County, Nebraska," in ''Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia'', https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Seward_County,_Nebraska, accessed 2 August 2016.</ref> ====
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=== Bible Records ===
=====Cities=====
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{{NE Bible Intro|Seward}}
*Milford
 
*Seward
 
=====Villages=====
 
{{div col|4}}
 
*Beaver Crossing
 
*Bee
 
*Cordova
 
*Garland
 
*Goehner
 
*Pleasant Dale
 
*Staplehurst
 
*Utica
 
{{div col end}}
 
=====Census-designated place=====
 
*Tamora
 
=====Unincorporated communities=====
 
*Grover
 
*Ruby
 
=====Ghost town=====
 
*Pittsburg
 
  
==== Neighboring Counties ====
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=== Biographies ===
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{{NE Biographies Intro|Seward}}
*[[Butler County, Nebraska Genealogy|Butler]]
 
*[[Fillmore County, Nebraska Genealogy|Fillmore]]
 
*[[Lancaster County, Nebraska Genealogy|Lancaster]]
 
*[[Polk County, Nebraska Genealogy|Polk]]
 
*[[Saline County, Nebraska Genealogy|Saline]]
 
*[[Saunders County, Nebraska Genealogy|Saunders]]
 
*[[York County, Nebraska Genealogy|York]]
 
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== Resources  ==
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=== Business, Commerce, and Occupations ===
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{{NE Business Records Intro|Seward}}
  
==== Cemeteries ====
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=== Cemeteries ===
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{{NE Cemeteries Intro|Seward}}
  
{| width="80%" cellspacing="1" cellpadding="3" border="1"
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| width="30%" bgcolor="#E0E0E0" align="center" | '''Tombstone Transcriptions Online'''
 
| width="30%" bgcolor="#E0E0E0" align="center" | '''Tombstone Transcriptions in Print'''
 
| width="30%" bgcolor="#E0E0E0" align="center" | '''List of Cemeteries in the county'''
 
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gsr&GSfn=&GSmn=&GSln=&GSbyrel=all&GSby=&GSdyrel=all&GSdy=&GScntry=4&GSst=31&GScnty=1883&GSgrid=&df=all&GSob=n Findagrave.com]
 
| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | {{FHL|367931|subject-id|disp=Family History Library}}
 
| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=csr&CScn=&CScntry=4&CSst=31&CScnty=1883 Findagrave.com]
 
 
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~neseward/SewCoCem.htm NEGenWeb]
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| colspan="2" bgcolor="#E0E0E0" style="border:1px solid black"| <center>'''Cemeteries of Seward County, Nebraska''' online and in print</center>
| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://www.worldcat.org/search?q=su%3Acemetery+Seward+Nebraska&qt=advanced&dblist=638 WorldCat]
 
| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [https://billiongraves.com/search/results?year_range=5&action=search_cemetery&exact=true&country=United%20States&state=Nebraska&county=Seward&cemetery_name=a Billion Graves]
 
 
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://www.usgwarchives.net/ne/seward/sewtable.htm NEGenWeb Archives]
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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=1883&GSgrid=&df=all&GSob=n Findagrave.com]
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* [http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~neseward/SewCoCem.htm NEGenWeb]
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* [http://www.usgwarchives.net/ne/seward/sewtable.htm NEGenWeb Archives]
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* [http://usgwtombstones.org/nebraska/seward.html Tombstone Project]
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* [http://nebraskagravestones.org/cemeteries.php?selected_cid=80 Nebraska Cemeteries]
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* [https://billiongraves.com/pages/search/# Billion Graves]
 
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://usgwtombstones.org/nebraska/seward.html Tombstone Project]
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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|367931|subject-id|disp=Family History Library}}
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* [http://www.worldcat.org/search?q=su%3Acemetery+Seward+Nebraska&qt=advanced&dblist=638 WorldCat]
 
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://nebraskagravestones.org/cemeteries.php?selected_cid=80 Nebraska Cemeteries]
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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=1883 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=Seward&cemetery_name=a Billion Graves]
 
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [https://billiongraves.com/pages/search/# 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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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" colspan="3" | See [[Nebraska Cemeteries|Nebraska Cemeteries]] for more information.
 
 
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=== Census Records ===
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{{NE Census Intro|Seward}}
  
==== Census  ====
 
 
{{Historical populations
 
{{Historical populations
 
|type = USA
 
|type = USA
 
|heading = Census
 
|heading = Census
|footnote = Source: [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Seward_County,_Nebraska#Demographics "Wikipedia.org".]  
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|footnote = Source: [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Seward_County,_Nebraska#Demographics "Wikipedia.org".]
|1870 |2953  
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|1870 |2953
 
|1880 |11147
 
|1880 |11147
 
|1890 |16140
 
|1890 |16140
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|1950 |13155
 
|1950 |13155
 
|1960 |13581
 
|1960 |13581
|1970 |14460  
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|1970 |14460
|1980 |15789  
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|1980 |15789
|1990 |15450  
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|1990 |15450
 
|2000 |16496
 
|2000 |16496
 
|2010 |16750
 
|2010 |16750
 
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===== State Census Records =====
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Federal Censuses were taken for Nebraska starting in 1860. For links to Federal census indexes, see [[Nebraska Census]].
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{{Census|Nebraska}}
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'''''State Census Records'''''<br>
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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 ($)
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=== Church Records ===
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{{NE Church Intro|Seward}}
  
*'''1854 - 1870''' - [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=3559 Nebraska, Compiled Census Index, 1854-1870] at [http://search.ancestry.com Ancestry.com] - index ($)
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=== Court Records ===
*'''1860 - 1885''' - [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=1668 Nebraska State Census Collection 1860-1885] at [http://search.ancestry.com Ancestry.com] - index and images ($)
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{{NE Court Intro|Seward}}
*'''1885''' - {{RecordSearch|1810728|Nebraska State Census 1885}} at [https://www.familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index and images
 
*'''1885''' - [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=6585 Nebraska State Census 1885] at [http://search.ancestry.com Ancestry.com] - index and images ($)
 
  
===== Federal Census Records =====
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=== Directories ===
Federal Censuses were taken for Nebraska starting in 1860. For links to Federal census indexes, see [[Nebraska Census]].
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{{NE Directories Intro|Seward}}
  
{{Census|Nebraska}}
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=== Emigration and Immigration  ===
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{{NE Emigration Intro|Seward}}
  
==== Church  ====
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=== Ethnic, Political, and Religious Groups ===
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{{NE Ethnic Groups Intro|Seward}}
  
{{NE Church Intro}}  
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=== Funeral Homes  ===
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{{NE Funeral Homes Intro|Seward}}
  
==== Court ====
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=== Genealogies ===
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{{NE Genealogies Intro|Seward}}
  
*'''1870 - 1990''' — [http://www.nebraskahistory.org/databases/prisoners.shtml Nebraska Prisoner Records 1870-1990] — index only
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=== Guardianship ===
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{{NE Guardianship Intro|Seward}}
  
==== Land ====
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=== Land and Property Records ===
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{{NE Land Intro|Seward}}
  
 
{{NE Land}}
 
{{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
 
*[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
*'''1796 - 1907''' - [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=1246 U.S. General Land Office Records, 1796-1907] at [http://search.ancestry.com Ancestry] - index, info taken from Bureau of Land Management website<br>
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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
*'''1861 - 1936''' - [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=60593 U.S. Homestead Records 1861-1936] at [http://search.ancestry.com/ Ancestry.com] - ($), index and images
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*'''1861 - 1936''' - [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=60593 U.S. Homestead Records 1861-1936] at [http://home.ancestry.com Ancestry.com] - ($), index and images
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For more information see [[Nebraska Land and Property]]
 
For more information see [[Nebraska Land and Property]]
  
==== Local Histories ====
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=== Local Histories ===
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{{NE Histories Intro|Seward}}
  
{{NE History Intro}}  
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{{NE History Intro}}
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=== Maps and Gazetteers ===
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{{NE Maps Intro|Seward}}
  
==== Maps and Gazetteers  ====
 
 
*[http://www.nebraskahistory.org/databases/gazetteer.shtml Nebraska Gazetteer] - database for all known places found in 1890 and 1911 Nebraska gazetteers
 
*[http://www.nebraskahistory.org/databases/gazetteer.shtml Nebraska Gazetteer] - database for all known places found in 1890 and 1911 Nebraska gazetteers
 
*[http://www.mapofus.org/nebraska/ Interactive Formation Boundary Map of Nebraska] - shows boundary changes for Nebraska Counties
 
*[http://www.mapofus.org/nebraska/ Interactive Formation Boundary Map of Nebraska] - shows boundary changes for Nebraska Counties
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[[Image:Neseward.png|400px|Neseward.png]]
 
[[Image:Neseward.png|400px|Neseward.png]]
  
==== Military  ====
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=== Migration ===
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{{NE Migration Intro|Seward}}
  
===== Revolutionary War =====
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=== Military Records ===
*'''1775 - 1783''' - {{RecordSearch|2546162|United States Rosters of Revolutionary War Soldiers and Sailors, 1775-1783}} at [https://www.familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] - images only<br>
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{{NE Military Intro|Seward}}
*''For more nationwide Revolutionary War databases, see [[United_States_Military_Online_Genealogy_Records|US Military Online Genealogy Records]].''
 
  
===== Civil War =====
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==== Revolutionary War ====
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{{NE Revolutionary War Intro|Seward}}
  
*'''1861 - 1865''' - {{RecordSearch|1932417|Nebraska Civil War Service Records of Union Soldiers, 1861-1865}} at [https://www.familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index
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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
*'''1891''' - [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=4755 Nebraska Resident Military Roster on June 1, 1891] at [http://search.ancestry.com Ancestry.com] - ($), Roster of Soldiers, Sailors, and Marines of the War of 1812, the Mexico War, and the War of the Rebellion, residing in Nebraska June 1, 1891<br>
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*''For more nationwide Revolutionary War databases, see [[United_States_Military_Online_Genealogy_Records|US Military Online Genealogy Records]].''
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==== Civil War ====
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{{NE Civil War Intro|Seward}}
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*'''1861 - 1865''' - {{RecordSearch|1932417|Nebraska Civil War Service Records of Union Soldiers, 1861-1865}} at [https://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index
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*'''1891''' - [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=4755 Nebraska Resident Military Roster on June 1, 1891] at [http://ancestry.com Ancestry.com] - ($), 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
 
*'''1893''' - [http://www.usgennet.org/usa/ne/county/holt/1893/nebraska.html Roster of Nebraska Veterans] - list of veterans in 1893
 
*'''1893''' - [http://www.usgennet.org/usa/ne/county/holt/1893/nebraska.html Roster of Nebraska Veterans] - list of veterans in 1893
 
*''For more nationwide Civil War databases, see [[United_States_Military_Online_Genealogy_Records|US Military Online Genealogy Records]].''
 
*''For more nationwide Civil War databases, see [[United_States_Military_Online_Genealogy_Records|US Military Online Genealogy Records]].''
  
===== WWI =====
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==== World War I ====
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{{NE World War I Intro|Seward}}
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*'''1917 - 1918''' - [http://www.nebraskahistory.org/databases/WWIdraft.shtml World War I Drafts 1917-1918] - index only
 
*'''1917 - 1918''' - [http://www.nebraskahistory.org/databases/WWIdraft.shtml World War I Drafts 1917-1918] - index only
 
*''For more nationwide World War I databases, see [[United_States_Military_Online_Genealogy_Records|US Military Online Genealogy Records]].''
 
*''For more nationwide World War I databases, see [[United_States_Military_Online_Genealogy_Records|US Military Online Genealogy Records]].''
  
==== Newspapers ====
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=== Naturalization and Citizenship ===
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{{NE Naturalization Intro|Seward}}
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=== Newspapers ===
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{{NE Newspapers Intro|Seward}}
  
 
{{NE Newspaper abstracts|Seward}}
 
{{NE Newspaper abstracts|Seward}}
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'' Nebraska Newspapers Online''
 
'' Nebraska Newspapers Online''
 
*[http://nebnewspapers.unl.edu/search/advanced/ Nebraska Newspapers] - contains images of newspapers throughout Nebraska
 
*[http://nebnewspapers.unl.edu/search/advanced/ Nebraska Newspapers] - contains images of newspapers throughout Nebraska
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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
 
*[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
  
==== Probate  ====
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=== Obituaries ===
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{{NE Obituaries Intro|Seward}}
  
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=== Other Records ===
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{{NE Other Records Intro|Seward}}
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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|Seward}}
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=== Probate Records ===
 
{{NE Probate Intro|Seward}}
 
{{NE Probate Intro|Seward}}
  
 
'''Online Probate Records'''
 
'''Online Probate Records'''
*'''1806 – 1989''' [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=9073 Nebraska Wills and Probate Records 1806-1989] at [http://search.ancestry.com/ Ancestry.com] — index and images $
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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 $
  
==== Taxation  ====
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=== School Records ===
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{{NE Schools Intro|Seward}}
  
{{NE Tax Intro}}  
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=== Tax Records ===
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{{NE Tax Intro|Seward}}
  
==== Vital Records ====
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=== Vital Records ===
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{{NE Vital Intro|Seward}}
  
{{NE Vital Intro}}
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==== Birth ====
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{{NE Vital Records - Birth Intro|Seward}}
  
==== Marriage Records ====
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==== Marriage ====
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{{NE Vital Records - Marriage Intro|Seward}}
  
''Online Marriage Records Indexes and Images''
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*'''1855 - 1995''' — {{RecordSearch|1708654|Nebraska Marriages, 1855-1995}} at [https://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index only
*'''1855 - 1995''' — {{RecordSearch|1708654|Nebraska Marriages, 1855-1995}} at [https://www.familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index only
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*'''1856 - 1898''' — [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=7871 Nebraska Marriages 1856-1898] at [http://ancestry.com Ancestry.com] ($), index only
*'''1856 - 1898''' — [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=7871 Nebraska Marriages 1856-1898] at [http://search.ancestry.com Ancestry.com] ($), index only
 
  
== Societies and Libraries  ==
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==== Death ====
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{{NE Vital Records - Death Intro|Seward}}
  
'''County, Township and City Societies'''
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==== Divorce ====
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{{NE Vital Records - Divorce Intro|Seward}}
  
:*'''[http://www.sewardcountymuseum.org/home.html Seward County Historical Society Museum]'''<br>Road 364 on the East Side<br>Goehner, NE<br>Phone: 402-523-4055
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== Research Facilities ==
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{{NE Research Facilities Intro|Seward}}
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=== Archives ===
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{{NE Archives Intro|Seward}}
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=== Family History Centers ===
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{{Family History Centers Intro}}
  
'''Libraries'''
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=== Libraries ===
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{{NE Libraries Intro|Seward}}
  
 
:*'''[http://www.sewardlibrary.org Seward Memorial Library Central Library]'''<br>233 South Fifth Street<br>Seward, NE 68434<br>Phone: 402-643-3318<br>Text: 402-260-2202<br>Email: info@sewardlibrary.org
 
:*'''[http://www.sewardlibrary.org Seward Memorial Library Central Library]'''<br>233 South Fifth Street<br>Seward, NE 68434<br>Phone: 402-643-3318<br>Text: 402-260-2202<br>Email: info@sewardlibrary.org
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=== Museums ===
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{{NE Museums Intro|Seward}}
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:*'''[http://www.sewardcountymuseum.org/home.html Seward County Historical Society Museum]'''<br>Road 364 on the East Side<br>Goehner, NE<br>Phone: 402-523-4055
  
==== Family History Centers  ====
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== Societies ==
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{{NE Societies Intro|Seward}}
  
:*{{FamilySearch Centers Intro}}
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== Websites ==
 
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{{NE Websites Intro|Seward}}
== Websites  ==
 
  
 
*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~neseward/ NEGenWeb]
 
*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~neseward/ NEGenWeb]
*[http://www.usgwarchives.net/ne/seward/sewtable.htm USGenWeb]  
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*[http://www.usgwarchives.net/ne/seward/sewtable.htm USGenWeb]
 
*[http://resources.rootsweb.ancestry.com/usa/NE/Seward/ Rootsweb]
 
*[http://resources.rootsweb.ancestry.com/usa/NE/Seward/ Rootsweb]
 
*[http://genealogytrails.com/neb/seward/ Genealogy Trails]
 
*[http://genealogytrails.com/neb/seward/ Genealogy Trails]
 
*[http://www.linkpendium.com/seward-ne-genealogy/ Linkpendium]
 
*[http://www.linkpendium.com/seward-ne-genealogy/ Linkpendium]
 
*[https://www.genealogyinc.com/nebraska/seward-county/ Genealogy Inc.]
 
*[https://www.genealogyinc.com/nebraska/seward-county/ Genealogy Inc.]
*{{FHL|Nebraska Seward|subject|disp=FamilySearch Catalog}}
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*{{FHL Place IDNum|204606|Nebraska|Seward}}- 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
 
 
== References  ==
 
  
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== Research Guides ==
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{{NE Research Guides Intro|Seward}}
  
{{Nebraska|Nebraska}} 
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Guide to Seward 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: Seward
Organized: March 6, 1855
Parent County(s): Cass and Pierce (old) [1]
Neighboring Counties
Butler  • Fillmore  • Lancaster  • Polk  • Saline  • Saunders  • York
See County Maps
Courthouse
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Location Map
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Adoption


County Information[edit | edit source]

Description[edit | edit source]

Seward County was organized in 1867. It was originally called Greene County, and in 1862 it was renamed in honor of William H. Seward, United States Secretary of State under Abraham Lincoln and Andrew Johnson.[2]

County Courthouse[edit | edit source]

Seward County Courthouse
529 Seward Street
P.O. Box 190
Seward, NE 68434
Phone: 402.643.2883
Seward County Website

County Clerk has marriage and land records from 1866.
County Court has probate records from 1869.
Clerk District Court has divorce records 1868 and court records from 1869. [1]

Seward County, Nebraska Record Dates[edit | edit source]

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
1869 1856 1856 1860

Record Loss[edit | edit source]

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

Boundary Changes[edit | edit source]

Populated Places[edit | edit source]

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

Cities

  • Milford
  • Seward

Villages

  • Beaver Crossing
  • Bee
  • Cordova
  • Garland
  • Goehner
  • Pleasant Dale
  • Staplehurst
  • Utica

Unincorporated communities

  • Grover
  • Ruby

Census-designated place

  • Tamora

Ghost town

  • Pittsburg

History Timeline[edit | edit source]

Resources[edit | edit source]

Bible Records[edit | edit source]

Biographies[edit | edit source]

Business, Commerce, and Occupations[edit | edit source]

Cemeteries[edit | edit source]

Cemeteries of Seward 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[edit | edit source]

Historical populations
Census Pop.
1870 2,953
1880 11,147 277.5%
1890 16,140 44.8%
1900 15,690 −2.8%
1910 15,895 1.3%
1920 15,867 −0.2%
1930 15,938 0.4%
1940 14,167 −11.1%
1950 13,155 −7.1%
1960 13,581 3.2%
1970 14,460 6.5%
1980 15,789 9.2%
1990 15,450 −2.1%
2000 16,496 6.8%
2010 16,750 1.5%
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 Seward County, Nebraska Genealogy census records online, see: Nebraska Census.

State Census Records

Church Records[edit | edit source]

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[edit | edit source]

Directories[edit | edit source]

Emigration and Immigration[edit | edit source]

Ethnic, Political, and Religious Groups[edit | edit source]

Funeral Homes[edit | edit source]

Genealogies[edit | edit source]

Guardianship[edit | edit source]

Land and Property Records[edit | edit source]

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[edit | edit source]

Local histories are available for Seward 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[edit | edit source]

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Migration[edit | edit source]

Military Records[edit | edit source]

Revolutionary War[edit | edit source]

Civil War[edit | edit source]

World War I[edit | edit source]

Naturalization and Citizenship[edit | edit source]

Newspapers[edit | edit source]

For information on Nebraska newspapers, see Nebraska Newspapers.

Nebraska Newspapers Online

Nebraska Newspaper Catalogs

Obituaries[edit | edit source]

Other Records[edit | edit source]

Periodicals[edit | edit source]

Probate Records[edit | edit source]

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 - Seward - Probate records.

Online Probate Records

School Records[edit | edit source]

Tax Records[edit | edit source]

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[edit | edit source]

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[edit | edit source]

Marriage[edit | edit source]

Death[edit | edit source]

Divorce[edit | edit source]

Research Facilities[edit | edit source]

Archives[edit | edit source]

Family History Centers[edit | edit source]

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[edit | edit source]

Museums[edit | edit source]

Societies[edit | edit source]

Websites[edit | edit source]

Research Guides[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

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