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*[http://www.glorecords.blm.gov/search/ Land Patent Search] - index to federal patents and homesteads on the [http://www.glorecords.blm.gov/default.aspx Bureau of Land Management] website, some images available
*[http://www.glorecords.blm.gov/search/ Land Patent Search] - index to federal patents and homesteads on the [http://www.glorecords.blm.gov/default.aspx Bureau of Land Management] website, some images available
*'''1796 - 1907''' - [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=1246 U.S. General Land Office Records, 1796-1907] at [http://search.ancestry.com Ancestry] - index, info taken from Bureau of Land Management website<br>
*'''1796 - 1907''' - [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=1246 U.S. General Land Office Records, 1796-1907] at [http://search.ancestry.com Ancestry] - index, info taken from Bureau of Land Management website<br>
*'''1861 - 1936''' - [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=60593 U.S. Homestead Records 1861-1936] at [http://home.ancestry.com Ancestry.com] - ($), index and images
*'''1861 - 1936''' - [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=60593 U.S. Homestead Records 1861-1936] at [http://search.ancestry.com/ Ancestry.com] - ($), index and images
For more information see [[Nebraska Land and Property]]  
For more information see [[Nebraska Land and Property]]  
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'''Online Probate Records'''
'''Online Probate Records'''
*'''1806 – 1989''' [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=9073 Nebraska Wills and Probate Records 1806-1989] at [http://home.ancestry.com Ancestry.com] — index and images $
*'''1806 – 1989''' [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=9073 Nebraska Wills and Probate Records 1806-1989] at [http://search.ancestry.com/ Ancestry.com] — index and images $
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==== Taxation  ====

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Keith County, Nebraska
Map of Nebraska highlighting Keith County
Location in the state of Nebraska, United States Genealogy
Map of the U.S. highlighting Nebraska
Location of Nebraska in the U.S.
Founded February 27, 1873
County Seat Ogallala
Address Keith County Courthouse
511 N. Spruce Street
P.O. Box 149
Ogallala, NE 69153-0149
Phone: 308.284.4726
County Website

Keith 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[edit | edit source]

Keith County, Nebraska Record Dates[edit | edit source]

Beginning Dates for Major County Records[1]
Birth Marriage Death Census Land Probate
1873 1880 1873 1873

County Courthouse[edit | edit source]

County Clerk has birth, death, and land records. County Judge has marriage records. Clerk District Court has divorce, probate, and court records. [2]

History[edit | edit source]

Parent County[edit | edit source]

1873 Keith County was created 27 February 1873 from unorganized territory. County seat: Ogallala [3]

Description[edit | edit source]

Keith County is located in the western part of the state at the beginning of the panhandle. [4]

Boundary Changes[edit | edit source]

Record Loss[edit | edit source]

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

Places/Localities[edit | edit source]

Populated Places [5][edit | edit source]

City[edit | edit source]
  • Ogallala
Villages[edit | edit source]
  • Brule
  • Paxton
Census-designated places[edit | edit source]
  • Belmar
  • Keystone
  • Lemoyne
  • Martin
  • Roscoe
  • Sarben
Unincorporated communities[edit | edit source]
  • Nevens
  • Ruthton
Former Communities[edit | edit source]
  • Bertha
  • Korty
  • Megeath
  • Oren
  • Pickard
  • Plano

Neighboring Counties[edit | edit source]

Resources[edit | edit source]

Cemeteries[edit | edit source]

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

Census[edit | edit source]

Historical populations
Census Pop.
1880 194
1890 2,556 1217.5%
1900 1,951 −23.7%
1910 3,692 89.2%
1920 5,294 43.4%
1930 6,721 27.0%
1940 8,333 24.0%
1950 7,449 −10.6%
1960 7,958 6.8%
1970 8,487 6.6%
1980 9,364 10.3%
1990 8,584 −8.3%
2000 8,875 3.4%
2010 8,063 −9.1%
Source: "Wikipedia.org".
State Census Records[edit | edit source]
Federal Census Records[edit | edit source]

Federal Censuses were taken for Nebraska starting in 1860. For links to Federal census indexes, see Nebraska Census.

For tips on accessing Keith County, Nebraska Genealogy census records online, see: Nebraska Census.

Church[edit | edit source]

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.

Court[edit | edit source]

Land[edit | edit source]

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.

For more information see Nebraska Land and Property

Local Histories[edit | edit source]

Local histories are available for Keith 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[edit | edit source]


Migration[edit | edit source]

Early migration routes to and from Keith County for European and African American settlers included:

Military[edit | edit source]

Revolutionary War[edit | edit source]
Civil War[edit | edit source]
WWI[edit | edit source]

Newspapers[edit | edit source]

For information on Nebraska newspapers, see Nebraska Newspapers.

Nebraska Newspapers Online

Nebraska Newspaper Catalogs

Probate[edit | edit source]

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 - Keith - Probate records.

Online Probate Records

Taxation[edit | edit source]

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[edit | edit source]

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[edit | edit source]

Online Marriage Records Indexes and Images

Societies and Libraries[edit | edit source]

County, Township and City Societies


Family History Centers[edit | edit source]

  • 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.

Websites[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Alice Eichholz, Ancestry’s Red Book: American State, County and Town Sources, Revised ed. (Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1992), 452-465. At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27rb 1992
  2. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Keith County, Nebraska page 432, At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  3. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).
  4. http://genealogytrails.com/neb/keith/ accessed 09/29/2016
  5. Wikipedia contributors, "Keith County, Nebraska," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Keith_County,_Nebraska, accessed 1 August 2016.
  6. Jim Tompkins, "The Oregon Trail 1841-1848 Map II" in Oregon Trail Landmarks at OTMap2.jpg (accessed 18 July 2011).
  7. "Oregon California Trails Association" at http://octatrails.micromaps.com/ (accessed 18 July 2011).
  8. "The Pioneer Story: The Mormon Pioneer Trail" in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints at http://lds.org/gospellibrary/pioneer/pioneerstory.htm (accessed 18 July 2011).