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Seward County, Nebraska Genealogy

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Seward County, Nebraska
Map of Nebraska highlighting Seward County
Location in the state of Nebraska
Map of the U.S. highlighting Nebraska
Location of Nebraska in the U.S.
Founded March 6, 1855
County Seat Seward
Address Seward County Courthouse
529 Seward Street
P.O. Box 190
Seward, NE 68434
Phone: 402.643.2883

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.


County InformationEdit

Seward County, Nebraska Record DatesEdit

Beginning Dates for Major County Records
Birth Marriage Death Census Land Probate
1869 1860 1856 1856

County CourthouseEdit

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]


Parent CountyEdit

1855 Seward County was created 6 March 1855 from Cass and Pierce (old) Counties. County seat: Seward [2]


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.[3]

Boundary ChangesEdit

Record LossEdit

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


Populated Places [4]Edit

  • Milford
  • Seward
  • Beaver Crossing
  • Bee
  • Cordova
  • Garland
  • Goehner
  • Pleasant Dale
  • Staplehurst
  • Utica
Census-designated placeEdit
  • Tamora
Unincorporated communitiesEdit
  • Grover
  • Ruby
Ghost townEdit
  • Pittsburg

Neighboring CountiesEdit




Tombstone Transcriptions Online Tombstone Transcriptions in Print List of Cemeteries in the county Family History Library
NEGenWeb WorldCat Billion Graves
NEGenWeb Archives
Tombstone Project
Nebraska Cemeteries
Billion Graves
See Nebraska Cemeteries for more information.


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: "".
State Census RecordsEdit
Federal Census RecordsEdit

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.


Church records vary significantly depending on the denomination and the record keeper. They may contain information about members of the congregation, such as age, date of baptism, christening, or birth; marriage information and maiden names; and death date. For general information about Nebraska denominations, view the Nebraska Church Records wiki page.



Land and property records can place an ancestor in a particular location, provide economic information, and reveal family relationships. Land records include: deeds, abstracts and indexes, mortgages, leases, grants and land patents.

See Nebraska Land and Property for additional information about early Nebraska land grants. After land was transferred to private ownership, subsequent transactions were usually recorded at the county courthouse, where records are currently housed.

Online Land Records

For more information see Nebraska Land and Property

Local HistoriesEdit

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 GazetteersEdit



Revolutionary WarEdit
Civil WarEdit


For information on Nebraska newspapers, see Nebraska Newspapers.

Nebraska Newspapers Online

Nebraska Newspaper Catalogs


In most counties in Nebraska, probate records have been kept by the county judge. They include wills, fee books, claim registers, legacy records, inheritance records, probate ticklers, and dockets. The records are available at the county courthouse.

The FamilySearch Catalog lists films of probate records. To find the records for this county, use the Place Search for Nebraska - Seward - Probate records.

Online Probate Records


Nebraska tax records complement land records and can be used in place of censuses before 1820 or to supplement the years between censuses. There may be gaps of several years in the records.

Vital RecordsEdit

Vital Records consist of births, adoptions, marriages, divorces, and deaths recorded on registers, certificates, and documents. A copy or an extract of most original records can be purchased from the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services or the County Clerk's office of the county where the event occurred.

Marriage RecordsEdit

Online Marriage Records Indexes and Images

Societies and LibrariesEdit

County, Township and City Societies


Family History CentersEdit

  • Family history centers provide one-on-one assistance and free access to premium genealogical websites. In addition, many centers have free how-to genealogy classes. See family history center for more information. Search the online FHC directory for a nearby family history center.



  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Seward County, Nebraska page 434, At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  2. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).
  3.,_Nebraska accessed 09/29/2016
  4. Wikipedia contributors, "Seward County, Nebraska," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia,,_Nebraska, accessed 2 August 2016.