NEGenWeb Project
Merrick County, NE
Records of Merrick County among holdings of
NSHS Library, Lincoln, NE

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Merrick County, Nebraska

Records: 1870-1978
Cubic ft.: 5.8
Approx. # of Items: 5 boxes, 35 volumes on 12 reels
   of 35mm microfilm, and 3 misc. vols.


HISTORICAL NOTE

   Merrick County is located in the east central portion of Nebraska. The county was established and its boundaries defined by an act of Legislature approved November 4, 1858. No organized county government, existed until 1864 when a substantial increase in the county population prompted an election for April 18, 1864. In 1869, Lone Tree was selected as the county seat but a courthouse was not constructed until 1871. Until that time, the County Board of Supervisors met in private residences. In 1875, Lone Tree changed its name to Central City due to its central location in the agricultural region of Nebraska.
   Today, the population of Merrick County remains low compared to others, 8,042. It covers an area of 478 square miles. Peak population occurred in 1920 at 10,793. The county was named for Elvira Merrick, the maiden name of Representative Henry W. Depuy's wife. Depuy introduced the bill creating the county in 1858.

SCOPE AND CONTENT NOTE

   The bulk of Merrick County records remains at the county courthouse. The State Archives collection consists of records used most often by researchers. If records for a particular office are not available at our facility, this is noted on the inventory.

   The collection is arranged into nine subgroups: 1) Assessor (no records); 2) Treasurer (no records); 3) County Board of Supervisors, 1864-1972; 4) County Clerk, 1869-1972; 5) Register of Deeds (no records); 6) County Court (no records); 7) District Court, 1869-1961; 8) Superintendent of Schools (no records); and 9) School District Records (no records).

   Subgroup Three consists of the minutes of the County Board of Supervisors, October 14, 1864 through October 17, 1972. These records were borrowed from the county and microfilmed by our agency in 1973.

   Subgroup Four, County Clerk, is divided into three series: 1) Election Records, 1877-1972; 2) Marriage Records, 1869-1947; and 3) Brand and Estray Records. Indexes exist for the Marriage Records through August of 1923 only. The election records were loaned for microfilming with the Supervisors' records in 1973. The marriage


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records were microfilmed for the county by Kwik Chek Company of Red Cloud, Nebraska, in 1975.

   Subgroup Seven, District Court, is divided into eleven series: 1) Naturalization Records, 1850-1930; 2) Judgement & Execution Dockets, 1869-1936; 3) Trial Dockets & Calendars, 1946-1961; 4) General Index (no records); 5) Appearance Dockets (no records); 6) Daily Journals (no records); 7) Complete Record (no records); 8) Case Files, Civil & Criminal (no records); 9) Bills of Exception & Depositions, 1904-1982; 10) State Tax Suit (no records); and 11) Miscellaneous Volumes, 1894-1946.

   The most significant accession of district court records exists in Series One, Naturalization Records, 1850-1930. This series was recently microfilmed by the Genealogical Society of Utah for the Nebraska State Historical Society. The card index appears on roll #1.

 

DESCRIPTION

SUBGROUP ONE               ASSESSOR

There are currently no records in storage for the Merrick County Assessor's office.

 

SUBGROUP TWO              TREASURER

There are currently no records in storage for the Merrick County Treasurer's office.

 

SUBGROUP THREE            COUNTY BOARD OF SUPERVISORS, 1864-1972

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SERIES ONE    COUNTY BOARD PROCEEDINGS, 1864-1972

V.1

Supervisors' Record, Oct. 15, 1864 - Dec. 08, 1873

V.2

Supervisors' Record, Dec. 23, 1873 - Jan. 04, 1888

V.3

Supervisors' Record, Jan. 05, 1888 - May 03, 1898

   Starts, Section map of Merrick County, n.d.

   p.A, January 4, 1898 minutes

V.4

Supervisors' Record, June 14, 1898 - June 14, 1909

   Starts, Roll Call, 1899

   NOTE: Minutes end, p.638 (June 14, 1909)

   p.640: Clippings of minutes, January, 1909

V.5

Supervisors' Record, June 15, 1909 - July 11, 1916

   Starts, Index to Road Districts & actions.


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SUBGROUP THREE            COUNTY BOARD (cont)

V.6

Supervisors' Record, Aug. 01, 1916 - Dec. 31, 1937

   Starts, Index to road matters.

   p.1 - List of Supervisors' Districts

   p.2 - List of Polling places

   NOTE: Minutes start on p.5 (Aug. 1, 1916)

V.7

Supervisors' Record, Jan. 11, 1938 - Dec. 31, 1951

V.8

Supervisors' Record, Jan. 08, 1952 - May 31, 1955

V.9

Supervisors' Record, July 09, 1963 - Oct. 17, 1972

MICROFILM RECORD:

Roll #1

Supervisors' Proceedings, vol. #1, p.1

35mm

   October 15, 1864

#13510

thru

Supervisors' Proceedings, vol. #3 (indexed)

   p. 561, November 16, 1897

Roll #2

Supervisors' Proceedings, vol. #3 cont.

35mm

   p.562 (January 4, 1898)

#13511

thru

Supervisors' Proceedings, vol. #6 (indexed)

   p.309 (October 4, 1927)

   NOTE: Last page filmed is insert at p.308

      extract of minutes, June 18, 1928.

Roll #3

Supervisors' Proceedings, vol. #6 cont.

35mm

   p.310, October 4, 1927 cont.

#13512

thru

Supervisors' Proceedings, vol. #8 (indexed)

   p.143, May 31, 1955

   NOTE: Inserts (photostats) between pp.132-133

      are illegible due to filming error.

   NOTE: No End of Reel Target.

Roll #4

Supervisors' Proceedings, vol. #8 cont.

35mm

   p.144, May 31, 1955 cont.

#13514

thru

Supervisors' Proceedings, vol. #9 (indexed)

   p.536, October 17, 1972


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SUBGROUP FOUR            COUNTY CLERK

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SERIES ONE             ELECTION RECORDS, 1877-1972

V.1

Abstracts of Votes Cast, 1877-1892

V.2

Abstracts of Votes Cast, 1893-1922

   Starts, insert, Gen. Election Nov. 3, 1914

V.3

Abstracts of Votes Cast, 1922-1958

   Starts, insert, Elected officials list, Nov. 1944

   Insert, end of volume relates to

      contested election of Ralph G. Brooks, 1958

V.4

Abstracts of Votes Cast, 1947--1972

Starts, inserts, Special Election, Nebraska

   Mid-State Reclamation District, Oct. 29, 1957

   School Bond Elections, 1959

MICROFILM RECORD:

Roll #4

Abstracts of Votes Cast, vol. #1

frac. of roll

   p.1 (General Election, Nov. 6, 1877)

#13514

thru

Abstracts of Votes Cast, vol. #1

   p.85 (General Election, Nov. 9, 1887)

Roll #5

Abstracts of Votes Cast, vol. #1 cont.

35mm

   p.86 (General Election, Nov. 9, 1887 cont.)

#13515

thru

Abstracts of Votes Cast, vol. #4 (no paging)

   Primary Election Flay 13, 1966

Roll #6

Abstracts of Votes Cast, vol. #4 cont.

fractional

   Primary Election Hay 13, 1966

roll

thru

#13527

Abstracts of Votes Cast, vol. #4

   General Election, November 14, 1972

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SERIES TWO         MARRIAGE RECORDS, 1869-1947

V.1

Marriage Docket, Book A (indexed)

   p.1 (Dec. 5. 1869) - p.446 (Apr. 22, 1884)

V.2

Marriage Docket, Book B (indexed)

   p.1 (Apr. 19, 1884) - p.452 (Dec. 29, 1890)

V.3

Marriage Docket, Book C (indexed)

   p.1 (Jan. 06, 1891) - p.458 (Apr. 11, 1898)


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SUBGROUP FOUR            COUNTY CLERK (cont)

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SERIES TWO         MARRIAGE RECORDS (cont)

V.4

Marriage Docket, Book D (indexed)

   p.1, (Apr. 13, 1898) thru

   p.478, #1819 (Aug. 08, 1904)

V.5

Marriage Docket, Book E (indexed)

   p.1, #1820 (Aug. 08, 1904) thru

   p.476, #2289 (July 20, 1910)

V.6

Marriage Docket, Book F (no index)

   p.1, #2290 (Aug. 03, 1910) thru

   p.256 (Jan. 01, 1913)

V.7

Marriage Docket, Book G (no index)

   p.1, #2543 (Jan. 15, 1913) thru

   p.636, #3170 (Jan. 28, 1920)

V.8

Marriage Docket, Book H (no index)

   p.1, #3171 (Jan. 29, 1920) thru

   p.384 (August 16, 1923)

V.9

Marriage Docket, Book I (no index)

   p.1 (Sept 01, 1923) - p.650 (Nov. 16, 1932)

V.10

Marriage Docket, Book J (no index)

   p.1 (Nov. 13, 1932) - p.640 (Apr. 18, 1941)

V.11

Marriage Docket, Book K (no index)

   p.1 (Apr. 23, 1941) - p.458 (Nov. 15, 1947)

MICROFILM RECORD:

NOTE: This microfilm was produced for the county by Kwik Chek Co. of Red Cloud, Nebraska, under MP3211 (1977). The State Archives is not responsible for the quality of microfilm not produced by this agency.

Roll #1 (33C)

Marriage Docket, Bock A, p.1

35mm

   December 5, 1869

Diazo

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SF12518

Marriage Docket, Book D, p.179

   October 17, 1900


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SUBGROUP FOUR            COUNTY CLERK (cont)

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SERIES TWO         MARRIAGE RECORDS (cont)

Roll #2

Marriage Docket, Book D cont., p.180

35mm

   October 24, 1900

Diazo

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SF12450

Marriage Docket, Book H, p.209

   November 4, 1921

NOTE: indexes to volumes F-H were not filmed.

Roll #3

Marriage Docket, Book H cont., p.210

35mm

   November 10, 1921

Diazo

thru

SF12451

Marriage Docket, Book K

   November 14, 1947

NOTE: Indexes to these volumes were not filmed.

 

SUBGROUP FIVE      REGISTER OF DEEDS

There are currently no records in storage (except security microfilm) for the Merrick County Register of Deeds

 

SUBGROUP SIX      COUNTY COURT

There are no records in storage for the Merrick County Court except on security microfilm.

 

SUBGROUP SEVEN   DISTRICT COURT, 1869-1961

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SERIES ONE         NATURALIZATION RECORDS, 1850-1930

B.1

Card Index to Naturalizations 1870-1930

(to be microfilmed)

INDEXES (both card & volume) may not be

complete. Patrons are advised to check

volumes closely for Merrick County

Naturalizations. Index has been updated

for microfilm edition of this series.


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SUBGROUP SEVEN       DISTRICT COURT (cont)

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SERIES ONE         NATURALIZATION RECORDS (cont)
NOTE:   Indexes appear at start of volumes.

V.1

Naturalization Record - First Papers, vol. #1

p.1 (May 28, 1870) - p.124 (Sept 09, 1903)

V.2

Naturalization Record - First Papers, vol. #2

p.1 (Oct. 26, 1903) - p.49 (Sept 26, 1906)

V.3

Declarations of Intention, vol. #1

#1 (Apr. 13, 1907) - #178 (May 06, 1929)

V.4

Declarations of Intention (loose), 1850-1906

for Merrick County and other locations.

Declarations are filed alphabetically.

V.5

Naturalization Record - Final Papers, vol. #1

p.1 (Feb. 06, 1874) - p.94 (Sept 08, 1902)

V.6

Naturalization Record - Final Papers, vol. #2

p.1 (Sept 15, 1903) - p.127 (Sept 26, 1906)

V.7

Petition & Record, Vol. #1

p.1 (#1) March 20, 1907 (dismissed)

thru

p.131 (#130) June 29, 1929 thru Feb. 6, 1930

V.8

Supplemental Documents to Naturalizations, 1906-1930

relate to volumes 6 & 7 above. May contain

duplicate information found in vol. #6. Records

are filed alphabetically by name of petitioner.

NOTE: See following page for microfilm record of series produced by the Genealogical Society of Utah for the Historical Society in 1994. The card index appears on roll #1.


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SERIES ONE      NATURALIZATION RECORDS - MICROFILM RECORD      W4218

Roll #1

Item #1

GSU Project

Card Index to Naturalizations A-Z

GSU Roll #3

(each card is two sided)

#26,231

Item #2

Naturalization Record, v.1

First Papers (1870-1903)

thru

Item #5

Declarations of Intention (loose), v.4

John Human Wright (3/20/1878)

Roll #2

Item #1

GSU Project

Naturalization Record, v.1

GSU Roll #4

Final Papers (1874-1902)

#26,232

thru

Item #4

Supplemental Documents, v.8

(Keys, Thomas)

Roll #3

Item #1

GSU Project

Supplemental Documents, v.8 cont.

GSU Roll #5

Krempke, Charles (1906)

#26,233

thru

Supplemental Documents, v.8

Zmek, Frank (1912-1913)

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SERIES TWO      JUDGEMENT AND EXECUTION DOCKETS, 1869-1936

Roll #1

Vol. #1, Judgement Record, V.1

35mm

November 24, 1869 - Feb. 12, 1896

Diazo

Vol. #2, Judgement Record, V.2 (indexed)

SF12487

Feb. 4, 1896 - #3573 (Nov. 18, 1936)

Vol. #3, Execution Docket, V.1

April 5, 1872 - Aug. 22, 1884 (p.59)

SERIES THREE

TRIAL DOCKETS & CALENDARS, 1946-1961

  

V.1

Trial Docket, 1946-1961

SERIES FOUR      GENERAL INDEX TO DISTRICT COURT

Patrons should contact Merrick County District Court


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SUBGROUP SEVEN     DISTRICT COURT (cont)

SERIES FIVE     APPEARANCE DOCKETS
Patrons should contact Merrick County District Court

SERIES SIX      DAILY JOURNALS

Patrons should contact Merrick County District Court

SERIES SEVEN    COMPLETE RECORD

Patrons should contact Merrick County District Court

SERIES EIGHT    CASE FILES, CRIMINAL & CIVIL

Patrons should contact Merrick County District Court

SERIES NINE     BILLS OF EXCEPTION & DEPOSITIONS, 1904-1982

B.1

#26977

State vs. Charles Penn, 1929 - murder

   (Supreme Court transcript)

#83-410

State vs. Roland Morrow, 1932

B.2

#83-410

cont.

Running School w/o license

#5065

Kremer D/B/A Gene's Electric v.s

Village of Silver Creek (dispute

over awarding a bid for electrical

work for community park), 1975

B.3

#5065

cont.

----

John Marquis vs. Central City, 1904

   personal injury, collapsed bridge

----

John F. Huber, minor vs. C.B. & Q. RR

   1904 - personal injury

#5161

Bethesda Foundation vs.- Merrick County

   1976 - Parkview Home tax exemption

B.4

#5360

McCormick vs. Terry et al, 1979

   land dispute (Ft. Kearny & Omaha Rd)

#4888

Ronald L. Glause vs. Myra J. Glause

   Divorce, 1970

#36760

Dorothy K. Mustard vs. St. Paul Fire

   and Marine Ins. Co. (Supreme Court)

   re claim for death, 1967

#4982

Robert E. Smith vs. William F. Meier

   (M.E.O. Dairy Supply) for malfunctioning

   electric milker, 1971

#82-377

State vs. Marjorie Bigelow, 1982


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SUBGROUP SEVEN       DISTRICT COURT

SERIES NINE       BILLS OF EXCEPTION & DEPOSITIONS (cont)

B.5

#1508

in re estate of Earl H. McHargue, 1977

#42114

State vs. Larry Jones - Supreme Ct. appeal

#42986

   (Supreme Court appeal)

#43312

   (Supreme Court appeal

#42898

State vs. Roderick Allen Skay, 1979

   Supreme Court - extradition

#42899

State vs. Roderick Allen Skay, 1979

   Supreme Court - extradition

SERIES TEN           STATE TAX SUIT

Patrons should contact Merrick, County District Court

SERIES ELEVEN       MISCELLANEOUS VOLUMES

V.1            Decree of Foreclosure, 1894-1901
V.2            Moratorium Record, 1934-1946

SUBGROUP EIGHT    SUPERINTENDENT OF SCHOOLS

The School Census for Merrick County, 1869-1990, is stored on security microfilm. No other records have been accessioned for this subgroup.

SUBGROUP NINE     SCHOOL DISTRICT RECORDS

There are currently no individual school district records for Merrick County at the Archives.

END OF INVENTORY
DJJ/ht   9/14/1973
PMC/WP51    01/03/1994
GSU/pmc/WP51   4/11/1994

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