Nebraska Genealogy

Nebraska Genealogy is being developed as a genealogical and historical resource for your personal use. It contains information and records for Nebraska ancestry, family history, and genealogy. Specifically, it provides sources for birth records, death records, marriage records, census records, tax records, court records, and military records. It also provides some historical details about different times and people in Nebraska history.

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Pioneers of Fillmore and Adjoining Counties
In 1915, G. R. McKeith compiled a series of narratives entitled “Pioneer Stories of the Pioneers of Fillmore and Adjoining Counties,” published by the Press of Fillmore County News in Exeter, Nebraska. This collection serves as a historical account, documenting the experiences and contributions of the early settlers who established the foundations of the local communities. While the book’s format and occasional errors reflect its humble beginnings, its content holds intrinsic value. The stories of these pioneers provide pleasure to the current generation and serve as a factual foundation for future historical research. The accounts included herein are not merely tales but are the documented realities of those who braved the unknown to build the communities we inhabit today.

Families of Merrick County
This is a compilation of family sketches submitted as part of the History of Merrick County, Nebraska, vol. 1.

Biographies of Richardson County
We have begun publishing the biographies that were compiled and published in the 1917 version of the History of Richardson County, Nebraska by Lewis C. Edwards.

Nebraska Obituaries by County

Compendium of History Reminiscence and Biography of Nebraska
Work in progress, many early Nebraska names.

New Nebraska Genealogy

Stanley & Opal Bice Family of Merrick County, Nebraska

On July 19, 1931, Stanley B. Bice and Opal Daniels eloped and married secretly in Papillion, Nebraska, later announcing their marriage on Stanley’s birthday, October 17, 1931. Stanley, the son of William H. and Etta Campbell Bice, and Opal, daughter of B.D. and Emily Roark Daniels, began their married life on the Bice family farm near Central City. Due to the drought and depression, Stanley transitioned to welding and worked in various industries, including war work and heating and air conditioning. The couple lived in Denver for 32 years before retiring to Central City in 1978. They have one son,…
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Frank K. and Rose Betts Family of Merrick County, Nebraska

Frank Klar Betts was profoundly influenced by his grandparents, who raised him after his father’s early death. Living with them from 1917, he returned to Scudder School and absorbed their values of justice, honesty, and community involvement. Active members of Pierce Chapel church, they instilled in Frank a commitment to community service. As an adult, Frank served nearly twenty years on the District #7 school board, contributed to the farm program’s early development, and was involved in the county Soil Conservation Service board. He also helped expand the Farmers Cooperative Association. Frank married Rose (Shepherd) Colby in 1965, and they…
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James H. Berryman Family of Merrick County, Nebraska

James Hayden Berryman, born June 20, 1837, near Hartford, Kentucky, settled in Lone Tree (now Central City), Nebraska, in 1866 after his honorable discharge from the Union Army. Initially serving in the Confederate Army, he was captured and later joined the Union Army. In Lone Tree, he built the first frame building, which hosted the first district court session. James married three times: Mary Comstock, Kate Howsley, and Kate’s sister Amanda. He had five children, but only four survived to adulthood. A prominent early settler, James was active in the Methodist and Friends’ Churches and the Masonic Lodge. He died…
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Bell Edward Berryman Family of Merrick County, Nebraska

Bell Edward Berryman, a prominent businessman in Central City, Nebraska, was known for his ability and straightforward principles. He, along with his brother James, established one of the first buildings in Merrick County and later founded the J.H. Berryman and Brother Mercantile Business. Bell married Ellen Riley in Kentucky in 1873 and they had four children: William, Clyde, Mary Sue (died in infancy), and Cary. After Ellen’s death in 1903, Bell retired and pursued the bee industry until his death in 1940. A Mason, he was honored for his long membership. His descendants include his granddaughter Martha McAleer, who shared…
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Donald & Shirley Berg Family of Merrick County, Nebraska

Donald Berg was raised near Elm Creek, Nebraska, by his parents, Ernest and Mildred (Einspah) Berg. He attended school in Overton and was baptized and confirmed in the Lutheran Church. After his father’s death, his family moved to Grand Island, Nebraska. Donald worked at the Twin Rivers Egg Plant before joining the Aluminum Supply Company in 1964, later part of Gifford Hill, where he has worked for sixteen years. In 1965, he married Shirley Schuette, with whom he has four sons: Bradley, Calvin, Steven, and Travis. The family is active in the Messiah Lutheran Church in Grand Island and resides…
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Jacob C. Benner Family of Merrick County, Nebraska

Jacob C. Benner was born on December 18, 1882, on a farm southwest of Central City, Nebraska, to Lewis and Anna (Hilton) Benner. He married Jennie L. Gaw on June 28, 1916, and they had two children, Alice Hoback and Charles Benner. Jacob farmed until the early 1950s when his son took over. He moved to Central City in 1957 and lived there until his death on January 20, 1969. Jacob attended District #48 School and had five sisters: Mary Cox, Gertrude Bowers, Lena, Margaret, and Ester Benner. The Benner farm received the Ak-Sar-Ben Award in 1976 for being in…
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