Howard County, Nebraska Genealogy Guide

Howard County, Nebraska (Map It) was created on March 1, 1871 from Hall County. The county was named in honor of Oliver Otis Howard, an American Civil War general. Learn More About State of Nebraska History

Howard County is bordered by Merrick County  (east), Hall County  (south), Buffalo County  (southwest), Sherman County  (west), Greeley County  (north).

Howard County Cities and Towns include St. Paul, Boelus, Cotesfield, Cushing, Dannebrog, Elba, Farwell.

A Map of Howard County, Nebraska contains detailed information about roads and boundaries, these maps may include rural communities, churches, and cemeteries.

Howard County, Nebraska Courthouse Records

Howard County, Nebraska Courthouse
Howard County, NE Courthouse

The Howard County Courthouse is located in Saint Paul, Nebraska. Learn More About State of Nebraska Court, Tax, Land and Probate Records.

Please contact the each clerk's department to confirm mailing address, hours, fees and other information before visiting or requesting information because contact information sometimes changes.  The Clerk's Office DOES NOT DO RESEARCH.  The documents are available to interested parties, barring confidential issues.  Most staff will assist people in finding the materials, but it is up to the individual to do the research.

The following dates indicates what vital, land, probate, and court records are in Howard county. The date listed for each category of record is usually the earliest registration filed. The earliest date does not indicate that there are numerous records for that year and does not mean that all such events were actually registered.

  • Howard County Clerk has Marriage Records from 1872. The County Clerk is responsible for Marriage Licenses and can also be expected to hold delayed birth registrations. Other records of interest to the researcher include military discharges, voter registrations, estray notices, marks and brands, physician’s registers, farm and ranch names, and school registers.
  • Howard County Register of Deeds has Land Records from 1871. The County Register of Deeds is responsible for maintaining and securing the land records of the county. The duties include preserving of old land records and maintaining records that have been recorded which include, warranty deeds, mortgages, deeds of trust, plats and any other documents that affect a specific piece of land in the county.
  • Howard Clerk of Courts has Probate Records from 1871 and Court Records from 1871. The Clerk of Courts duties include misdemeanor cases, including preliminary hearing in felony cases, civil cases involving less than $45,000, small claims involving less than 1871,400, probate, guardianship, conservatorship, adoption, and eminent domain and function as juvenile courts.

Howard County, Nebraska Census Records

Howard County, Nebraska Vital Records

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