Webster County, Nebraska Genealogy

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United States
Webster County
Webster County, Nebraska
Map of Nebraska highlighting Webster County
Location in the state of Nebraska
Map of the U.S. highlighting Nebraska
Location of Nebraska in the U.S.
Founded February 16, 1867
County Seat Red Cloud
Webster County Nebraska Courthouse.jpg
Address Webster County Courthouse
621 N. Cedar Street
Red Cloud, NE 68970
Phone: 402.746.2716

Webster 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

Webster County, Nebraska Record Dates

Beginning Dates for Major County Records
Birth Marriage Death Census Land Probate
1871 1870 1872 1872

County Courthouse

County Clerk has marriage, land, divorce, probate and court records from 1871 and naturalization records from 1874.[1]


Parent County

1867 Webster County was created 16 February 1867 from unorganized territory. County seat: Red Cloud [2]


Webster County is located in the on the southern border of the state.[3] The county was formed in 1871 and named after the statesman Daniel Webster.[4]

Boundary Changes

Record Loss

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


Populated Places[5]

  • Blue Hill
  • Red Cloud
  • Bladen
  • Cowles
  • Guide Rock
Census-designated place
  • Inavale
Unincorporated communities
  • Amboy
  • Rosemont

Neighboring Counties



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


Historical populations
Census Pop.  %±
1870 16
1880 7,104 44300.0%
1890 11,210 57.8%
1900 11,619 3.6%
1910 12,008 3.3%
1920 10,922 −9.0%
1930 10,210 −6.5%
1940 8,701 −14.8%
1950 7,395 −15.0%
1960 6,224 −15.8%
1970 5,396 −13.3%
1980 4,858 −10.0%
1990 4,279 −11.9%
2000 4,061 −5.1%
2010 3,812 −6.1%
Source: "Wikipedia.org".
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 Webster 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 Histories

Local histories are available for Webster 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



Revolutionary War
Civil War


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 - Webster - 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


  • Auld Public Library
    P.O. Box 287
    Red Cloud, NE 68970-0287
    Phone: 402-746-3352
    Fax: 402-746-3352
    Email: rclibr@hotmail.com
    Director: Terri Eberly
  • Blue Hill Public Library
    317 West Gage St
    PO Box 278
    Blue Hill, NE 68930-0278
    Phone: 402-756-2701
    Fax: 402-756-2702
    Email: bluehillpubliclibrary@gmail.com
    Director: Shari Alber
  • Auld Doudna Public Library
    155 W Grant
    Guide Rock, NE 68942
    Phone: 402-257-4015

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. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Webster County, Nebraska page 435, 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. http://genealogytrails.com/neb/webster/ accessed 09/29/2016
  4. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Webster_County,_Nebraska accessed 09/29/2016
  5. Wikipedia contributors, "Webster County, Nebraska," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Webster_County,_Nebraska, accessed 2 August 2016.