Sheridan County Public Records

Nebraska Public Records

Source:
http://www.statearchives.us/public/nebraska.htm

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Nebraska State Vital Records Office

Nebraska Health & Human Services System
Vital Records
301 Centennial Mall South
P.O. Box 95065
Lincoln, NE 68509
(402) 471-2871
Email: vitalrecords@hhss.state.ne.us
Web Site: Nebraska Bureau of Vital Statistics

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Sheridan County Vital Records
Sheridan County Clerk
P.O. Box 39
Rushville, NE 69360-0039
(308) 327-2633


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Event: Birth

Dates: From late 1904

Cost of copy: $8.00

Comments: Birth Records in Nebraska are not considered to be public records and are only available to the person named on the certificate or their spouse, parent or child. Records that are 50 years old or older may be accessed for genealogy purposes. With your request you will need to provide the full name at birth, date of birth (month, day, year), city or county of birth, father's full name, mother's full maiden name, your relationship to the person named on the certificate and the reason for your request.

*If the birth occurred prior to 1904 then try contacting the county where the birth occurred.

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Event: Death

Dates: From late 1904

Cost of copy: $7.00

Comments: Death Records in Nebraska are not considered to be public records and are only available to the person named on the certificate, or their spouse, parent or child. Records that are 50 years old or older may be accessed for genealogy purposes. With your request you will need to provide the decedent's full name at birth, date of birth (month, day, year), city or county of birth, father's full name, mother's full maiden name, your relationship to the person named on the certificate and the reason for your request.

*If the death occurred prior to 1904 then try contacting the county where the death occurred.

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Event: Marriage

Dates: From January 1909

Cost of copy: $7.00

Comments: Marriage Records in Nebraska are not considered to be public records and are only available to the person named on the certificate or their children. Records that are 50 years old or older may be accessed for genealogy purposes. With your request you will need to provide the full name of the groom, the full maiden name of the bride, the county in which license was issued the date of marriage, your relationship to the person named on the certificate and the reason for your request.

* For marriages occurring prior to 1909, contact the County Clerk of the county in which the marriage license was issued or the State Historical Society.

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Event: Divorce

Dates: From January 1909

Cost of copy: $10.00 (for a 5-year search)

Comments: Divorce Records in Nebraska are not considered to be public records and are only available to the person named on the certificate or their children. Records that are 50 years old or older may be accessed for genealogy purposes. With your request you will need to provide the full name of the husband, the full name of the wife, the county in which license was issued, the date of divorce, your relationship to the person named on the certificate and the reason for your request.

* For records occurring prior to 1909, or if you wish to obtain a divorce decree, contact the District Court of the county where the divorce was granted.

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Event: Adoption

Nebraska Adoption Search & Support Resources

Nebraska State Historical Society
P.O. Box 82554, 1500 R Street, Lincoln, NE 68501

http://www.nebraskahistory.org/lib-arch/services/refrence/la_pubs/guide1.htm

The Library/Archives Division of the Historical Society maintains a large collection of library, archival, and photographic materials that may be used in compiling family histories. These materials are available to all researchers in the Society's Reference Room at 1500 R Street, Lincoln, Nebraska.

1. NEBRASKA FEDERAL CENSUS ENUMERATIONS OF POPULATION are available on microfilm for 1860, 1870, 1880, 1900, 1910, and 1920; an 1885 STATE CENSUS OF POPULATION and the 1890 FEDERAL CENSUS OF CIVIL WAR VETERANS AND WIDOWS are also on microfilm.

2. LAND RECORDS held by the Society include the U.S. GENERAL LAND OFFICE TRACT BOOKS for Nebraska, which describe the acquisition of land from the federal government, the date, the legal description, the type of acquisition, and the final certificate number. NEBRASKA COUNTY PLAT BOOKS AND ATLASES for various dates. These maps show land ownership at a specific time.

3. NEWSPAPERS can be sources for obituaries, birth and marriage announcements, and other events in a family's life. The Society has more than 30,000 rolls of Nebraska newspapers on microfilm dating from the territorial period to the present. Specific incidents such as deaths, marriages, births, etc., will be checked by mail if the exact names (both first and last names) of the individuals are provided, as well as the exact date and place of the event.

4. NATURALIZATION RECORDS that document the process of becoming a United States citizen were issued by the courts, primarily district courts in Nebraska. Pre-1906 naturalization records seldom provide detailed personal information about a person's country of birth or emigration.

5. MARRIAGE RECORDS have been filed with each county court since the organization of that county. Some counties have given their early marriage records to the Historical Society; others have kept them in the county. There is no statewide index of marriages. The county in which the license was issued, as well as the names of the parties involved and approximate date(s) within one year, must be given in mail requests. Since 1909, official marriage licenses have been filed with the Nebraska State Bureau of Vital Statistics

6. BIRTH AND DEATH RECORDS for Nebraska were not consistently kept prior to 1904 at either the state or county level. The Historical Society does not have official records of births and deaths on file, with the exception of an OMAHA BIRTH REGISTRY, 1869-1907; an OMAHA DEATH REGISTRY, 1873-1915; and a few vital records for early eastern Nebraska, which can be found in THE NEBRASKA AND MIDWEST GENEALOGICAL RECORD. Some earlier birth and death records exist for Lincoln and Omaha and have been filed with the Bureau of Vital Statistics. For available records of births and deaths after 1904, contact the Bureau of Vital Statistics, 301 Centennial Mall South, Lincoln, Nebraska 68509-5007 to obtain prices and procedures.

7. MILITARY RECORDS:

ROSTERS OF NEBRASKA SOLDIERS IN THE CIVIL WAR, 1861-1865, were published in Andreas's 1882 History of Nebraska. This publication includes rosters of those persons serving in Nebraska units during the Civil War and Indian campaigns on the Plains, 1861-1869.

ROSTERS OF SOLDIERS, SAILORS, AND MARINES, 1887-1925 were printed and published by the secretary of state from information furnished by county clerks or assessors. These rosters were issued irregularly, with the early ones listing veterans of the Mexican and Civil Wars. Later rosters also included Spanish-American and World War I veterans.

Besides the 1890 FEDERAL CENSUS OF CIVIL WAR VETERANS AND WIDOWS, we also have SPANISH-AMERICAN WAR SERVICE CARDS that provide name, birthplace, age or birth date, residence, dates of service, and assigned unit of Nebraskans.

For assistance in locating service records for veterans who served during World War I and after, contact the Nebraska Department of Veteran's Affairs, 301 Centennial Mall South, P.O. Box 95083, Lincoln, NE 68509-5083.

The Society has available WORLD WAR I SERVICE CARDS that provide name, serial number, residence, age or birth date, and dates of service of Nebraskans. A WORLD WAR II SERVICEMEN'S INDEX cites references to Nebraska servicemen from local newspapers in the state.

8. PROBATE RECORDS are generated by county courts. The Society has probate records for some counties; others can be obtained by contacting the county clerk in the county where the will was probated.

9. STATE AND LOCAL GOVERNMENT RECORDS provide a variety of information on individuals, collected by various state and local governmental offices and agencies. In addition to the publications and records previously mentioned, there are numerous Nebraska state and local public records and documents retained by the archives.

10. CHURCH RECORDS can document church membership, baptisms, marriages, and confirmations. The Society has records from a number of Nebraska churches on microfilm.

11. LOCAL AND FAMILY HISTORIES (GENEALOGIES) AND CEMETERY RECORDS often include valuable information on local families. The Society has an extensive collection of Nebraska state and local histories, transcriptions of tombstones and cemetery records, and more than 3000 family histories and biographical accounts.

12. PHOTOGRAPHS provide a visual record of Nebraska people, places, and events. The Society has copied more than 50,000 of its most used photographs on high quality, tonal microfiche, which can be interlibrary loaned. This allows the researcher to look at the images without needing to visit the Society's headquarters in Lincoln.

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