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''[[United States|United States]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[Nebraska Genealogy|Nebraska]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]]'' '''Thomas County'''
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| founded title = [[Nebraska County Creation Dates and Parent Counties|Founded]]
 
| founded year = 1887
 
| founded date = February 10
 
| seat wl= Thedford
 
| building image = Thomas county courthouse.gif
 
| building image size = 100px
 
| building image cap = Photo courtesy [[]]
 
| building address = '''[[Thomas County, Nebraska Courthouse|Thomas County Courthouse]]'''<br>503 Main Street<br>Thedford, Nebraska 69166<br>Phone: 308.645.2261
 
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'''Thomas 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.
 
  
{{Click|Image:NE_ORP.png|Nebraska Online Genealogy Records}}
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Guide to '''Thomas County, Nebraska ancestry, genealogy and family history''', birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.
=== County Information ===
 
==== Thomas County, Nebraska Record Dates ====
 
  
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<center>'''Beginning Dates for Major County Records'''</center>
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|organized=  February 10,  1887
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|county seat= Thedford
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|parent county= unorganized territory<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= [[Blaine County, Nebraska Genealogy|Blaine]]
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|county2= [[Cherry County, Nebraska Genealogy|Cherry]]
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|county3= [[Hooker County, Nebraska Genealogy|Hooker]]
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|county4= [[Logan County, Nebraska Genealogy|Logan]]
| width="16.6%" align="center" |1887
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|county5= [[McPherson County, Nebraska Genealogy|McPherson]]</br><center>[[Thomas County, Nebraska Genealogy#Maps and Gazetteers|See County Maps]]</center>
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== County Information ==
  
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=== Description ===
== County Courthouse  ==
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The County was named for George Henry Thomas. The County is located in north central area of the state.<ref>Wikipedia contributors, "Thomas, Nebraska," in ''https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thomas_County,_Nebraska'' accessed 8/27/2018</ref>
  
[http://www.thomascountynebraska.us/ Thomas County Courthouse]<br>503 Main Street<br>Thedford, NE 69166<br>Phone: 308.645.2261<br><br>County Clerk has marriage records from 1887 and land records.<br>Clerk District Court has divorce and court records. <br>County Judge has probate records. <ref name="HBG">''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'', 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Thomas 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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=== County Courthouse ===
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{{NE Courthouse Intro|Thomas}}
  
== History  ==
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'''Thomas County Courthouse'''<br>503 Main Street<br>Thedford, NE 69166<br>Phone: 308.645.2261<br>[http://www.thomascountynebraska.us/webpages/clerk/clerk.html Thomas County Website]<br><br>County Clerk has marriage records from 1887 and land records. <br>Clerk District Court has divorce and court records. <br>County Judge has probate records.<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>
  
==== Parent County ====
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=== Thomas 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>''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'', 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Thomas County, Nebraska. Page 428-435 {{WorldCat|50140092|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|1049485|item|disp=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.</ref>'''</center>
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| width="14.2%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Thomas County, Nebraska Genealogy#Birth|Birth*]]'''
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| width="14.2%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Thomas County, Nebraska Genealogy#Marriage|Marriage]]'''
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| width="14.2%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Thomas County, Nebraska Genealogy#Death|Death*]]'''
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| width="14.2%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Thomas County, Nebraska Genealogy#Court Records|Court]]'''
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| width="14.2%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Thomas County, Nebraska Genealogy#Land and Property Records|Land]]'''
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| width="14.2%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Thomas County, Nebraska Genealogy#Probate Records|Probate]]'''
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| width="14.2%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Thomas County, Nebraska Genealogy#Census Records|Census]]'''
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| width="14.2%" align="center" |1904
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| width="14.2%" align="center" |1887
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| width="14.2%" align="center" |1887
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| width="14.2%" align="center" |1887
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| width="14.2%" align="center" |1887
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| colspan="7"| <center>Statewide registration for births and deaths started in late 1904. General compliance by 1920. </center>
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=== Record Loss ===
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There is no known history of courthouse disasters in this county.
  
'''1887--'''Thomas County was created 31 March 1887 from unorganized territory. '''County seat:''' Thedford <ref name="Handybook">''The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'',10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).</ref>
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==== Boundary Changes  ====
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=== Boundary Changes ===
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{{NE Boundary Changes Intro|Thomas}}
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*'''1887''' Thomas County was created 31 March 1887 from unorganized territory.
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*'''County seat:''' Thedford<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]
  
*[http://www.mapofus.org/nebraska/ Interactive Formation Boundary Map of Nebraska] - shows boundary changes for Nebraska Counties</nowiki>
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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]<br>
 
  
==== Record Loss  ====
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=== Populated Places ===
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{{NE Populated Places Intro|Thomas}}
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For a complete list of populated places, including small neighborhoods and suburbs, visit
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[https://nebraska.hometownlocator.com/ne/Thomas Hometown Locator].
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The following are the most historically and genealogically relevant populated
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places in this county:<ref>Wikipedia contributors, "Thomas County, Nebraska," in ''Wikipedia:
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the Free Encyclopedia'', https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thomas_County,_Nebraska,
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accessed 6 February 2019.</ref>
  
There is no known history of courthouse disasters in this county.
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== Places/Localities  ==
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=== History Timeline ===
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{{NE Historical Timeline Intro|Thomas}}
  
==== Populated Places  ====
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== Resources ==
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{{NE Resources Intro|Thomas}}
  
==== Neighboring Counties  ====
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=== Bible Records ===
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{{NE Bible Intro|Thomas}}
  
*[[Blaine County, Nebraska Genealogy|Blaine]]
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=== Biographies  ===
*[[Cherry County, Nebraska Genealogy|Cherry]]
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{{NE Biographies Intro|Thomas}}
*[[Hooker County, Nebraska Genealogy|Hooker]]
 
*[[Logan County, Nebraska Genealogy|Logan]]
 
*[[McPherson County, Nebraska Genealogy|McPherson]]
 
  
== Resources  ==
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=== Business, Commerce, and Occupations ===
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{{NE Business Records Intro|Thomas}}
  
==== Cemeteries ====
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=== Cemeteries ===
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{{NE Cemeteries Intro|Thomas}}
  
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| width="30%" bgcolor="#E0E0E0" align="center" | '''Tombstone Transcriptions Online'''
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| colspan="2" bgcolor="#E0E0E0" style="border:1px solid black"| <center>'''Cemeteries of Thomas County, Nebraska''' online and in print</center>
| 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.org/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gsr&GSfn=&GSmn=&GSln=&GSbyrel=all&GSby=&GSdyrel=all&GSdy=&GScntry=4&GSst=31&GScnty=1889&GSgrid=&df=all&GSob=n Findagrave.com]
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| width="25%" bgcolor="#E0E0E0" style="border:1px solid black" | <center>'''Tombstone Transcriptions Online'''</center>
| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | {{FHL|NUMBER|subject-id|disp=Family History Library}}
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=csr&CScn=&CScntry=4&CSst=31&CScnty=1889 Findagrave.com]
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* [https://www.findagrave.com/memorial Findagrave.com]
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* [http://negenweb.net/NEThomas/HillcrestCemetery.htm Hillcrest Cemetery NEGenWeb]
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* [http://www.usgwarchives.net/ne/thomas/thotable.htm NEGenWeb Archives]
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* [http://usgwtombstones.org/nebraska/thomas.html Tombstone Project]
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* [http://nebraskagravestones.org/cemeteries.php?selected_cid=86 Nebraska Cemeteries]
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* [https://familysearch.org/search/collection/results?count=20&query=%2Bdeath_place%3A%22Thomas%20County%2C%20Nebraska%22~&collection_id=2026973 Billion Graves Index at FamilySearch]
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* [http://www.interment.net/us/ne/index.htm NE Interment]
 
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~nethomas/resource.htm NEGenWeb]
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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>
| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://www.worldcat.org/search?q=su%3Acemetery+Thomas+Nebraska&qt=advanced&dblist=638 WorldCat]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [https://billiongraves.com/search/results?year_range=5&action=search_cemetery&exact=true&country=United%20States&state=Nebraska&county=Thomas&cemetery_name=a Billion Graves]
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* [http://www.worldcat.org/search?q=su%3Acemetery+Thomas+Nebraska&qt=advanced&dblist=638 WorldCat]
 
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://www.usgwarchives.net/ne/thomas/thotable.htm NEGenWeb Archives]
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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=1889 Findagrave.com]
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* [https://billiongraves.com/search/results?cemetery_country=United%20States&cemetery_state=Nebraska&cemetery_county=Thomas&year_range=5&size=15 Billion Graves]
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* [https://www.accessgenealogy.com/cemetery/nebraska-cemetery-records.htm Cemetery Records by Access Genealogy]
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* [http://www.epodunk.com/cgi-bin/localList.php?local=22443&locTGroup=Cemeteries&direction=down&sec=0&qty=2&stateAbbv=&stateName= Cemeteries for Thomas County by EPodunk]
 
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://usgwtombstones.org/nebraska/thomas.html Tombstone Project]
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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" | [http://nebraskagravestones.org/cemeteries.php?selected_cid=86 Nebraska Cemeteries]
 
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [https://billiongraves.com/pages/search/# Billion Graves]
 
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" colspan="3" | See [[Nebraska Cemeteries|Nebraska Cemeteries]] for more information.
 
 
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==== Census ====
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=== Census Records ===
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{{NE Census Intro|Thomas}}
  
===== State Census Records =====
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{{Historical populations
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|heading = Census
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|footnote = Source: [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thomas_County,_Nebraska#Demographics "Wikipedia.org".]
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|1890 |517
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|1900 |628
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|1910 |1191
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|1920 |1773
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|1930 |1510
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|1940 |1553
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|1950 |1206
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|1960 |1078
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|1970 |954
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|1980 |973
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|1990 |851
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|2000 |729
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|2010 |647
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}}
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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>
  
 
*'''1854 - 1870''' - [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=3559 Nebraska, Compiled Census Index, 1854-1870] at [http://ancestry.com Ancestry.com] - index ($)
 
*'''1854 - 1870''' - [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=3559 Nebraska, Compiled Census Index, 1854-1870] at [http://ancestry.com Ancestry.com] - index ($)
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*'''1885''' - [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=6585 Nebraska State Census 1885] at [http://ancestry.com Ancestry.com] - index and images ($)
 
*'''1885''' - [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=6585 Nebraska State Census 1885] at [http://ancestry.com Ancestry.com] - index and images ($)
  
===== Federal Census Records =====
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=== Church Records ===
Federal Censuses were taken for Nebraska starting in 1860. For links to Federal census indexes, see [[Nebraska Census]].
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{{NE Church Intro|Thomas}}
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*'''1875-1899''' - {{RecordSearch|2790263|Nebraska, Church Records, 1875-1899}} at [https://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index
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=== Court Records ===
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{{NE Court Intro|Thomas}}
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=== Directories ===
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{{NE Directories Intro|Thomas}}
  
{{Census|Nebraska}}
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=== Emigration and Immigration  ===
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{{NE Emigration Intro|Thomas}}
  
==== Church  ====
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=== Ethnic, Political, and Religious Groups ===
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{{NE Ethnic Groups Intro|Thomas}}
  
{{NE Church Intro}}  
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=== Funeral Homes  ===
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{{NE Funeral Homes Intro|Thomas}}
  
==== Court ====
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=== Genealogies ===
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{{NE Genealogies Intro|Thomas}}
  
*'''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|Thomas}}
  
==== Land ====
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=== Land and Property Records ===
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{{NE Land Intro|Thomas}}
  
 
{{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://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://home.ancestry.com Ancestry.com] - ($), index and images
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*'''1863 - 1908''' - [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=60593 U.S. Homestead Records 1863-1908] at [http://home.ancestry.com Ancestry.com] - ($), 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|Thomas}}
  
{{NE History Intro}}  
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{{NE History Intro}}
  
==== Maps ====
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=== Maps and Gazetteers ===
 
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{{NE Maps Intro|Thomas}}
*[http://www.historygeo.com/search/ Family Maps of {{PAGENAME}}] (land patent maps) at HistoryGeo.com ($). Free surname search.
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{{NE Neighboring Counties Intro|county={{NE Thomas County}}}}
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*[http://www.historygeo.com/v2/search/ Family Maps of Thomas County, Nebraska Genealogy] (land patent maps) at HistoryGeo.com ($). Free surname search.
 
*[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
[[Image:Nethomas.png|400px|Nethomas.png]]
 
  
==== Military  ====
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=== Migration ===
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{{NE Migration Intro|Thomas}}
  
===== 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://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] - images only<br>
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{{NE Military Intro|Thomas}}
*''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|Thomas}}
  
*'''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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*'''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://ancestry.com Ancestry.com] - ($), Roster of Soldiers, Sailors, and Marines of the War of 1812, the Mexico War, and the War of the Rebellion, residing in Nebraska June 1, 1891<br>
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*''For more nationwide Revolutionary War databases, see [[United_States_Military_Online_Genealogy_Records|US Military Online Genealogy Records]].''
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==== Civil War ====
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{{NE Civil War Intro|Thomas}}
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*'''1861 - 1865''' - {{RecordSearch|1932417|Nebraska Civil War Service Records of Union Soldiers, 1861-1865}} at [https://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index
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*'''1861 - 1948''' - {{RecordSearch|2721451|Nebraska, Grand Army of the Republic, Burial Records, 1861-1948}} at [https://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index
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*'''1891''' - [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=4755 Nebraska Resident Military Roster on June 1, 1891] at [http://ancestry.com Ancestry.com] - ($), 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|Thomas}}
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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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==== World War II ====
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*'''1940 - 1945''' - {{RecordSearch|2759156|Nebraska, World War II Draft Registration Cards, 1940-1945}} at [https://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index and images
  
{{NE Newspaper abstracts|Thomas}}  
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=== Naturalization and Citizenship ===
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{{NE Naturalization Intro|Thomas}}
  
==== Probate  ====
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=== Newspapers ===
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{{NE Newspapers Intro|Thomas}}
  
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{{NE Newspaper abstracts|Thomas}}
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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|Thomas}}
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=== Other Records ===
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{{NE Other Records Intro|Thomas}}
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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|Thomas}}
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=== Probate Records ===
 
{{NE Probate Intro|Thomas}}
 
{{NE Probate Intro|Thomas}}
  
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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 $
 
*'''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|Thomas}}
  
{{NE Tax Intro}}  
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=== Tax Records ===
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{{NE Tax Intro|Thomas}}
  
==== Vital Records ====
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=== Vital Records ===
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{{NE Vital Intro|Thomas}}
  
{{NE Vital Intro}}
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==== Birth ====
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{{NE Birth Intro|Thomas}}
  
==== Marriage Records ====
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==== Marriage ====
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{{NE Marriage Intro|Thomas}}
  
''Online Marriage Records Indexes and Images''
 
 
*'''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://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index only
 
*'''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://ancestry.com Ancestry.com] ($), index only
  
== Societies and Libraries  ==
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==== Death ====
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{{NE Death Intro|Thomas}}
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*'''1861 - 1948''' - {{RecordSearch|2721451|Nebraska, Grand Army of the Republic, Burial Records, 1861-1948}} at [https://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index
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==== Divorce ====
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{{NE Divorce Intro|Thomas}}
  
==== Family History Centers  ====
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== Research Facilities ==
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{{NE Research Facilities Intro|Thomas}}
  
{{FamilySearch Centers Intro}}  
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=== Archives ===
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{{NE Archives Intro|Thomas}}
  
== Web Sites  ==
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=== Family History Centers ===
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{{Family History Centers Intro}}
  
*USGenWeb project. May have maps, name indexes, history or other information for this county. Select the state, then the county.
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=== Libraries ===
*{{FHL|Nebraska%2C+Thomas|subject|disp=FamilySearch Catalog}}
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{{NE Libraries Intro|Thomas}}
  
== References  ==
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:*'''Thomas County Library'''<br>501 Main St, <br>Thedford, NE 69166<br>Phone: 308-645-2237
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=== Museums ===
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{{NE Museums Intro|Thomas}}
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== Societies ==
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{{NE Societies Intro|Thomas}}
  
<references />  
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:*'''Thomas County Genealogical Society'''<br>c/o Mrs. Calvin Jones<br>P O Box 136<br>Thedford, NE 69166-0136
  
{{Nebraska|Nebraska}}
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== Websites ==
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{{NE Websites Intro|Thomas}}
  
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*[http://negenweb.net/NEThomas/ NEGenWeb]
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*[http://usgenweb.org USGenWeb project]. May have maps, name indexes, history or other information for this county. Select the state, then the county.
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*[http://www.linkpendium.com/thomas-ne-genealogy/ Linkpendium]
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*[https://www.genealogyinc.com/nebraska/thomas-county/ Genealogy Inc.]
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*{{FHL Place IDNum|204628|Nebraska|Thomas}}- 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|Thomas}}
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== References ==
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<references />
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{{Nebraska|Nebraska}}
 
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Latest revision as of 08:49, 17 September 2019

 

Guide to Thomas 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: Thedford
Organized: February 10, 1887
Parent County(s): unorganized territory[1]
Neighboring Counties
Blaine  • Cherry  • Hooker  • Logan  • McPherson
See County Maps
Courthouse
NebraskaThomasCourthouse.jpg
Location Map
200px-Map of Nebraska highlighting Thomas County svg.bmp
Adoption


County Information[edit | edit source]

Description[edit | edit source]

The County was named for George Henry Thomas. The County is located in north central area of the state.[2]

County Courthouse[edit | edit source]

Thomas County Courthouse
503 Main Street
Thedford, NE 69166
Phone: 308.645.2261
Thomas County Website

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

Thomas 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
1904 1887 1904 1887 1887 1887 1854
Statewide registration for births and deaths started in late 1904. General compliance by 1920.

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]

For a complete list of populated places, including small neighborhoods and suburbs, visit Hometown Locator. The following are the most historically and genealogically relevant populated places in this county:[4]

Villages
Unincorporated communities


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 Thomas 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.
1890 517
1900 628 21.5%
1910 1,191 89.6%
1920 1,773 48.9%
1930 1,510 −14.8%
1940 1,553 2.8%
1950 1,206 −22.3%
1960 1,078 −10.6%
1970 954 −11.5%
1980 973 2.0%
1990 851 −12.5%
2000 729 −14.3%
2010 647 −11.2%
Source: "Wikipedia.org".

Federal Censuses were taken for Nebraska starting in 1860. For links to Federal census indexes, see Nebraska Census.

For tips on accessing Thomas 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 Thomas 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]

Cherry CountyBrown CountyHooker CountyBlaine CountyMcPherson CountyLogan CountyCuster CountyNE THOMAS.PNG
Click a neighboring county
for more resources


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]

World War II[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 - Thomas - 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]

  • Thomas County Library
    501 Main St,
    Thedford, NE 69166
    Phone: 308-645-2237

Museums[edit | edit source]

Societies[edit | edit source]

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

Websites[edit | edit source]

  • NEGenWeb
  • USGenWeb project. May have maps, name indexes, history or other information for this county. Select the state, then the county.
  • Linkpendium
  • Genealogy Inc.
  • 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[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. Wikipedia contributors, "Thomas, Nebraska," in https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thomas_County,_Nebraska accessed 8/27/2018
  3. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Thomas 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, "Thomas County, Nebraska," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thomas_County,_Nebraska, accessed 6 February 2019.