NE GenWeb - Garden County

Resources for Research

(Prepared by Earl Rook)

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Garden County Churches

  • Lewellen
    • Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church
      • Organized: September 1906
      • History: 70th Anniversary, 6 September 1976, copy at church office
      • Records: baptism, marriage, and death; 1906 to present
    • Lewellen United Methodist Church
      • Organized: 1891
      • History: None known
      • Records: baptism, marriage, and death; 1891 to present; may not be complete; also membership rolls
  • Lisco
    • Evergreen Church - no longer in existence
      • Organized: unknown date
      • History: none known
      • Records: transferred to St. Mark's Lutheran, Oshkosh
    • Lisco Presbyterian Church
      • Organized: 14 March 1909
      • History: none known
      • Records: baptism, marriage, and death; November1913 to present
  • Oshkosh
    • Antelope Valley Sunday School
      • Built: 1916
      • Records: baptism, marriage, and death; only partial records
      • Cemetery: earliest date 1897
    • Assembly of God
      • Organized: 1949
      • History: none known
      • Records: none known
    • Kowanda Methodist Church - no longer in existence
      • Organized: 1897, closed 1974
      • History: Kowanda History 1978, copy at Oshkosh Museum
      • Records: baptism 1941 - 1970, marriage 1947 - 1954, death 1950 - 1975; records transferred to Oshkosh United Methodist Church.
      • Cemetery: established about 1915
    • Mount Hope Methodist Church - no longer in existence
      • Organized: date unknown
      • History: none known, Clary was early minister
      • Records: transferred to Lewellen Methodist Church, now in Oshkosh
    • Oshkosh Methodist Church
      • Organized 1 April 1911
      • History: none known
      • Records: baptism 1911 - 1983, 1911 baptisms are listed at Lewellen Methodist Church, now at Oshkosh; marriage and death records incomplete
    • Oshkosh Seventh Day Adventist
      • Organized: 11 April 1970
      • History: none known
      • Records: baptism, marriage, and death; 1970 to present
    • St. Elizabeth's Church
      • Organized: date unknown
      • History: none known
      • Records: baptism, marriage, and death; from about 1922
      • Cemetery: no records
    • St. George Episcopal
      • Organized: 1959
      • History: none known
      • Records: baptism, marriage, and death; 1959 to present
    • St. Mark's Lutheran
      • Organized: September 1906
      • History: annual report, 1982; booklet printed in 1976, copy at church office
      • Records: baptism, marriage, and death; 1906 to present
    • The Wesleyan Church
      • Organized:26 June 1924
      • Originally the International Holiness Church of Nebraska, located at Antelope Valley in 1921
      • History: 40 Year History, by Hortense Law
      • Records: baptism, marriage since 1968, and death since 1928 but incomplete


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Garden County Courthouse

  • Garden County, Nebraska official website* off site
  • County Assessor and County Treasurer
    • Assessments
    • Drivers License
    • Motor Vehicle
    • Personal Property
    • Real Estate
  • County Attorney and County Judge
    • Civil Court Records, 1910 to
    • District Court Records, 1910 to present
    • Marriage Records, 1910 to present
  • County Clerk and District Court
    • Commissioners Proceedings, 1910 to present
    • Divorce Records, 1910 to present
    • Jurors Records
    • Land Records, Patents, and Deeds, 1887 to present
    • Naturalization Records, 1910 to 1929, indexed
    • Voter Registrations, 1967 to present
  • County Superintendent of Schools
    • Minutes of School District, 28 June 1909 to present
    • Petition for Change of School Boundaries, 1910
    • School Board Members, Officers, and Teachers, 1916 to 1949
    • School Census, July 1917


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Garden County Funeral Homes



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Garden County Genealogical/Historical Societies

  • Historical Society of Garden County/Rock School Museum
    • Museum website * off site
    • PO Box 90
      West 2nd & Avenue G
      Oshkosh, NE 69154
    • Phone: (308) 772-3115
  • Nebraska State Historical Society Library & Archives
    • Library & Archives website * off site
    • 1500 "R" Street
      Lincoln, Nebraska 68501
    • Materials include but are not limited to Garden County marriages and newspapers on microfilm.
  • Nebraska State Genealogical Society
    • Nebraska State Genealogical Society website * off site
    • P.O. Box 5608
      Lincoln, NE 68505-0608
    • The NESGS Book Library is housed at the Beatrice Public Library
      • 100 North 16th St.
        Beatrice, NE 68310
      • Phone: (402) 223-3584


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Garden County Libraries

  • Lewellen Public Library
    • 208 Main Street
      PO Box 104
      Lewellen, Nebraska 69147-0104
    • Materials include Nebraska history books, histories of Panhandle counties, Volumes 1 and 2 of the 1882 History of the State of Nebraska, and an 1876 scrapbook of Lewellen. No newspaper collection.
  • Oshkosh Public Library
    • Oshkosh Public Library website * off site
    • 307 West First Street
      P.O. Box 140
      Oshkosh, Ne 69154
    • Materials include Shumway's 3 volume Nebraska history, pamphlets on Garden County and Oshkosh, Nebraska History Magazine (1970 - 1979), natural history materials, and The Brown Odessy, a local history of Lewellen. No newspaper collection.


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Garden County Newspapers

  • Lewellen
    • Deuel County News
      • See Oshkosh, Garden County News
    • Lewellen Gazette
      • June 1911 to February 1912; September 1914 to December 1917
      • Available on microfilm at the Nebraska State Historical Society
    • Lewellen Optimist
      • March 1917 to August 1918; June 1919 to April 1923
      • Available on microfilm at the Nebraska State Historical Society
    • Lewellen Times
      • December 1937 to October 1943
      • Available on microfilm at the Nebraska State Historical Society
    • West Nebraska Beacon
      • See Oshkosh, West Nebraska Beacon
  • Lisco
    • Lisco Tribune
      • July 1919 to July 1922
      • Available on microfilm at the Nebraska State Historical Society
  • Oshkosh
    • Garden County News
      • July 1909 to present
      • Available on microfilm at the Nebraska State Historical Society
    • Oshkosh Herald
      • August 1908 to January 1917; January 1918 to February 1919
      • Available on microfilm at the Nebraska State Historical Society
    • West Nebraska Beacon
      • February 1929 to July 1936
      • Available on microfilm at the Nebraska State Historical Society

Sources: Guide to the Newspaper Collection of the State Archives, Nebraska State Historical Society, Anne P. Diffendal, 1977, pp. 47, 50, 64; as cited in A Research Guide To Genealogical Data In DEUEL and GARDEN COUNTIES, Nebraska State Genealogical Society, January 1984, p. 38.



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