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I am requesting information and assistance with discovering Thomas County resources.

Information on the following resources would be welcome: county records (births, deaths, marriages, wills, deeds, etc), local libraries (history books, genealogical records, etc), local newspapers (back issue files), local mortuaries (funeral records), cemetery locations, and cemetery listings.

In addition, anyone with access to any of these county resources, and who is willing to volunteer to assist with searching these records in response to researcher queries, please contact me. Your assistance would be gratefully welcomed.

Vital Records available for Thomas County

Birth Certificates
Death Certificates
Marriage Certificates
Divorce Certificates

Nebraska Department of
Health & Human Services
Vital Records
P.O. Box 95065
Lincoln, NE 68509-5065

Or, go online to:
Dept. of Health & Human Services
for information, fees, and forms

Thomas County addresses
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Thomas County Courthouse
Thedford, NE 69166
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Thomas County Library
P. O. Box 228
Thedford, NE 69166-0228
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Thedford Thomas County Herald (newspaper)
P. O. Box 271
Thedford, NE 69166-0271
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Thomas County Genealogical Society
c/o Mrs. Calvin Jones
P. O. Box 136
Thedford, NE 69166-0136
[Brass Links] Links to related online resources

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Who's Who in Nebraska, 1940
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U.S. Census Bureau Gazetteer
Thomas County
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Place Names in Thomas County (USGS)
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Thomas County cemetery locations
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1890 Gazetteer and Business Directory, Thomas County
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Census Data Sources

There are three main sources for viewing the microfilms containing Federal Census data: the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA), the Nebraska State Historical Society, and the LDS (Mormon) Church Family History Centers (FHC). The Nebraska State Historical Society also has films of the State Censuses. In addition, state and local historical or genealogical societies may have some of these films.

The NARA regional offices have available all Federal censuses from 1790-1920 (most of 1890 was lost in a fire), as well as many other records. All NARA regional offices contain the federal records, but the NARA regional office in Kansas City also contains other Nebraska specific records.

Addresses for viewing census data are:

  • National Archives - Central Plains Region
    2312 East Bannister Road
    Kansas City, Missouri
  • National Archives - Rocky Mountain Region
    Denver Federal Center, Building 48
    Denver, Colorado
  • Nebraska State Historical Society Library
    1500 R Street
    Lincoln, Nebraska

The Family History Centers will contain varying amounts of census microfilm and other records. They should all have (on microfiche or computer) the index of publications available from their main archives in Salt Lake City. Only those FHCs in the larger cities may have extensive permanent files, but all can request (for a small fee) microfilm and microfiche copies for your research. They do not loan books from the archives, but if the books have been filmed, you can request those films. Many local FHCs may also contain donated books and other records of historical or genealogical interest, some will have the Nebraska state census records also.

Family History Centers in Nebraska can be found in Gordon, Hastings, Grand Island, Lincoln, North Platte, Omaha, and Papillon. For addresses, consult telephone books in the appropriate city, or check the NEGenWeb Nebraska Resources Page.

Census Bureau Data-- Population Totals
1900191019201930 1940195019601970 198019902000
6281,1911,7731,5101,553 1,2061,078954973851729
Other LDS resources

The following records concerning Thomas County are available in the LDS archives, and can be requested (for a small fee) from any FHC for your viewing pleasure:

  • County Court Records, 1940-1984; County Estate Records, 1940-1970 -- microfilm #1598325 (item 7)
  • Seneca Cemetery, pub. 1983 by Hooker County Genealogical Society (60 pages) -- microfiche #6075792

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