Valley County Nebraska
Valley County NEGenWeb
© 1996 - 2002
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Valley County, Nebraska was named because of its location in the
North Loup River Valley. The first homestead in Valley County was
selected in 1871. Early settlers included Danish immigrants and
Seventh Day Baptists. In March of 1871, the state legislature
provided for a county organization which was concluded two years
later in 1873. The county seat was located at Ord, Nebraska, where
it remains today despite the early rivalry of the community of North
In 1874, a military post known as Fort Hartsuff was established
in the North Loup Valley because of the threat of Indian attacks.
Although the Indian danger soon subsided, the construction of the
post offered jobs and wages for many of the farmers in the area who
had been impoverished by drought and grasshopper invasions. In 1881,
Fort Hartsuff was abandoned as an active military post. Fort Hartsuff
State Historical Park now serves as a local tourist attraction.
Vital Record Information
Statewide registration of births & deaths began in 1905 and
was generally complied with by 1920. For more information, send a
self-addressed, stamped envelope along with your inquiry to:
Health Records Management
P.O. Box 95065
14th and M Streets
The state did not records births, deaths and divorces
before 1904, so the only records available before 1904 are marriage
records. These are most likely at the Valley county courthouse.
Valley County Court
125 S 15th St
Ord, NE, 68862
HOURS: 8AM-5PM CST
SURNAMES AND QUERIES ARE TEMPORARILY OFF-LINE
State Historical Society leaflets
The NSHS has Records dating from 1873 - 1951 for Valley County,
Nebraska. There is approximately 1 cubic foot of archived
information. I've transcribed the NSHS Index of Holdings for Valley
County so you can see exactly what they have.
Valley County Resources
History of Nebraska, pub. (1882)
Tombstone Transcription Project
Pam Rietsch's 1895
Project Online Library
Who's Who in NE (1940)
Two of the most valuable resources you'll find while visiting
this site are the NEGenWeb Resource
Center where you'll find documents we've transcribed, and the Unknown County where
you can see where your ancestors may have lived.
Check the New Stuff page for links
that I haven't added to the site yet.
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check out the How Do I Begin page at the LDS, and the GEN-NEWBIE page.
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