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Cherry County, Nebraska
Map of Nebraska highlighting Cherry County
Location in the state of Nebraska
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Location of Nebraska in the U.S.
Founded February 23, 1883
County Seat Valentine
Address Cherry County Courthouse
365 N. Main Street
Valentine, NE 69201-0120
Phone: 402.376.2771
County Website

Cherry 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 Information

Cherry County, Nebraska Record Dates

Beginning Dates for Major County Records[1]
Birth Marriage Death Census Land Probate
1883 1900 1883 1883

County Courthouse

County Clerk has marriage and land records. County Court has probate and court records. Clerk District Court has divorce records. [2]


Early Settlers of County

Homestead settlers followed the fur traders, soldiers, circuit riders, missionaries, and cattlemen in their westward trek. Until January 1, 1863, a settler in the territory of Nebraska could make his home on 160 acres of government land. [3](See reference site for full article.)

Homesteader surnames (please add as found):

  • Weigel

Parent County

1883 Cherry County was created 23 February 1883 from unorganized territory. County seat: Valentine. [4]


Cherry county seat is Valentine. Cherry County was named for Lieutenant Samuel A. Cherry, a popular army officer who was stationed at Fort Niobrara and was killed in South Dakota in 1881. It was founded in 1883.[5]

Boundary Changes

Record Loss

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


Populated Places[6]

  • Valentine
  • Cody
  • Crookston
  • Kilgore
  • Merriman
  • Nenzel
  • Wood Lake
Unincorporated communities
  • Brownlee
  • DeWitty
  • Elsmere
  • Sparks

Neighboring Counties



Mt. Hope Cemetery, the largest cemetery within the city limits of Valentine, Nebraska. Some images can be found at: and

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


Historical populations
Census Pop.  %±
1890 6,428
1900 6,541 1.8%
1910 10,414 59.2%
1920 11,753 12.9%
1930 10,898 −7.3%
1940 9,637 −11.6%
1950 8,397 −12.9%
1960 8,218 −2.1%
1970 6,846 −16.7%
1980 6,758 −1.3%
1990 6,307 −6.7%
2000 6,148 −2.5%
2010 5,713 −7.1%
Source: "".
State Census Records
Federal Census Records

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

For tips on accessing Cherry 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.

For more information see Nebraska Land and Property

Local Histories

Local histories are available for Cherry 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.

  • Here is the link to the local library for a catalog and contact information to the local library that contains history of the area:  Valentine Public Library. Marianne Beel has done a nice job on several Sandhill area local histories such as "Sand in my Shoes: Four decades of sandhill stories and history" found at the Valentine Public library: [1].

Maps and Gazetteers



Revolutionary War
Civil War


For information on Nebraska newspapers, see Nebraska Newspapers.

The Valentine Midland News is the primary newspaper in the area. Information on this newspaper can be found at: Nebraska Press Association

Also, back issues of prior newspapers that have been microfilmed are available; index found at: NebraskaHistory.Org

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 - Cherry - 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 Records

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

Marriage Records

Online Marriage Records Indexes and Images

Societies and Libraries

County, Township and City Societies

  • Cherry County Genealogical Society
    P.O. Box 380
    Valentine, NE 69201


Family History Centers

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



  1. 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
  2. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Cherry County, Nebraska page 429, At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  3. "Early History of Cherry County, Nebraska"
  4. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).
  5.,_Nebraska accessed 09/29/2016
  6. Wikipedia contributors, "Cherry County, Nebraska," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia,,_Nebraska, accessed 29 July 2016.