Fall 2014

We are now located at the Merit Building Suite M3. This is a good location in the downtown area on C street between west 1st and Norris Avenue. A large parking lot is available within close walking distance. Downtown shopping and restaurants are within walking distance of the Merit building. The entrance to Suite M 3 is on the north side of the building on C street. An elevator is available to the "M" level suite's. Suite M 3 is a large two room space with ample room for the library as well as a nice research center.

Thomas E Corey SWNGS Webmaster

Next Meeting : 6 Dec 2014 at 1:00 PM, Everyone is welcome to attend.

For research questions pertaining to Red Willow or South West Nebraska please contact South West Nebraska Genealogical Society or Sherrie Dack. If you have a correction for names listed on any of the web pages I maintain please contact me and I will verify and correct. When you contact me please state what county or site as well as what page on that site. The following table is the Web Sites I maintain. If you have anything that pertains to Red Willow County, or Southwest Nebraska in General please contact me. Material that has been copyrighted and published after 1923 I cannot use on the website. Every item found on these pages has been extracted from actual documents with the exception of submitted stories. THOMAS COREY

Please do not ask for BIRTH or DEATH certificates, they are only available from HHS in Lincoln. You have to prove relationship to the person you are asking about to get the record.

Nebraska State Genealogical Society Furnas County Nebraska Red Willow County Nebraska
South West Nebraska Genealogical Society   Corey Family Home Page

This search engine will allow you to quickly search all of the text pages on this site. Simply type in the surname of the person you are looking for and click on the find button. Don't forget about variant spellings of your surname. Freefind does not always find every person listed on the site, take time to actually visit the pages to be sure the person is not listed.

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The Southwest Nebraska Genealogical Society is an organization dedicated to archiving and saving genealogical documents for future generations. As a society we are interested in the Southwest Nebraska Counties of Red Willow, Frontier, Hayes, Hitchcock, Chase and Dundy. Our address is P.O. Box 156, McCook, NE 69001-0156. The library is available to all that want to use it, you must be a member to check out books.


This page contains the Constitution and bylaws of the society. We are a non profit society and have a charter under 501 C 3 of the tax code.
This page has a listing of some of the books at the genealogy library. The listing here is for Red Willow County and State of Nebraska books we have. We also have an extensive collection of books for researching DAR/SAR Patriot lines, as well as Mayflower lines.
This page shows meeting times and dates of the society.
This page is an application form to join the society. Membership is renewed on an annual basis, and runs January 1st to December 31.
This page has the current officers of the Southwest Nebraska Genealogical Society. The bylaws of the society allows an officer to hold a post for two years when elected to it.
This page lists the books and newsletter we publish.
Visit this page to get a small primer on doing genealogy.
Visit this web site to learn how to become a certified genealogist. This site is the Board For Certification of Genealogist. Test your skills, see if you are ready to be certified.
This genealogy page is a compilation of SWNGS research. We used The Next Generation software package to provide this enhanced genealogy search ability. Scanned images of actual documents are being posted as source evidence. This part of the web site is for members only, to join go to MEMBERSHIP
This page will have links to forms that have been created for use with the Adobe Reader. The forms will have fields that can be filled out and printed from Adobe Reader.


This is a new addition. We hope to list Patriot ancestor's of people living in Red Willow County. If you had a Patriot Ancestor and would like him listed contact SWNGS
We hope to list Civil War Veterans that lived in Red Willow County, as well as Civil War Veteran ancestors of people that live in Red Willow County. We would like to list GAR, Union Soldiers and Confederate Soldiers. We would like to have the soldiers name and unit/units he served with as well as rank. If you have a picture we would love to put it up and linked to your soldier. If you had a Civil War Ancestor and would like him listed contact SWNGS
This page is for the cemetery index of the Red Willow County, Nebraska cemeteries.
This page is for the 1906 City of McCook census. It lists all the individuals in the household.
The US Census 1880 and Nebraska State Census for 1885 Red Willow County are in the process of being transcribed and indexed. The 1890 Civil War Pensioners & Widows Index is complete. Portions of the 1900 census are online. The complete 1910 census is on line. McCook Ward 1 & 2 are very large files, please be patient while they download. Portions of the 1920 census are on line.
This page is an index of available court records. The society has the first 55 volumes of the Red Willow County records. The 55 volumes go to 1975, to protect living individuals it was decided not to put records online that were dated after 1930. The Red Willow County courthouse does not have a copy of these records. If you find an item in these records, and would like a copy. Contact SWNGS
This is an index of the probate records by surname. The index includes those that were processed in Probate court from the beginning of the county to 1985.
This is an index of HIGH SCHOOL graduates in Red Willow County. As graduating classes are submitted they will be added to the index. If you have a class you would like posted please submit it. At the present time I only have classes from the McCook High School and the Indianola High School.
This page is an index to take you to the individual volumes of the marriage records. Once on a volume page you can do a quick search of the page by pressing the Ctrl and F key at the same time. Just type in the surname you are searching for and select Find Next. This will cause a search of the whole document for the name you are looking for.
This page is an index of the landowners in 1905. The landowners are listed by the precinct they owned land in. The owner is listed as well as the land description and how many acres he owned. If a church or school was on the land it will be listed in the notes column. There were 2,878 land owners in 1905. This index could serve as a census of sorts to show where someone lived.

This page will be a index table of the early McCook newspaper extractions for the Births, Marriages and Deaths. The information presented will be for the town of McCook and surrounding area. The early papers were the McCook Republican, McCook Democrat, and the McCook Tribune.
This is an index of the Carpenter Funeral Home for 1890 ~ 1900, and 1900 ~ 1910.
This is a table of the individuals listed in the newspaper obituary for the years 1960 ~ 2000.
This link will take you to the Nebraska On Line Library where images of the 1905 Red Willow County Plat Map can be viewed. If you would like a copy of a particular precinct contact SWNGS The map images on this site are full size 18" by 24".

This link will take you to the pages of the Furnas County Plat map compiled in 1916. Also find the first 6 volumes of the Furnas County marriage records. The scanned images of the St. Matthew Lutheran church registers. The registers are in German and can be viewed with your Acrobat Reader.
This will take you to the Sanborn map index page. At the present time we have the 1889 through 1921 maps for McCook. If you have access to Sanborn maps for other towns in South West Nebraska please contact us.

This will take you to the school census index page. The earliest census we found was for the year 1886. The school census was and is taken every year to determine the number of children that will be in school. The entire family is listed for the particular school district they were in.
The following surname indexes of World War I draft registration cards contains about 2,300 men from Red Willow County. Information found for an individual includes: name, place of residence, date and place of birth, race, occupation, and employer.
This annual contains the McCook highschool graduating class of 1909. A bonus in the annual is all of the previous graduates are listed. Many pictures of McCook are included.


This is one research site everyone should use. This site is the best most comprehensive list of holdings at the National Archives.
This site is the Government Land Office Bureau of Land Management. This site contains the images of the original land patents and grants back to the early 1800's. Many of your ancestors bought or obtained land by grant or patent. Land records prove a persons location at a particular time.
Civil War System This site is for the American Civil War Soldiers and Sailors system. This is a National Parks supported site and is very good. Simply type in the name you are looking for and if that name is in the data base it will return information on that person.
This site is for the Nebraska Online services, the Nebraska Virtual Library. Heritage Quest is part of this service, they have all of the scanned images of the census records for all states. Heritage also has images of the Revolutionary War pension records. Another plus is 22,000, yes 22,000 genealogy research books online. All of the images will be in Adobe pdf format. IE 7 doesn't work well on this site, I recommend you download Mozilla Firefox and the latest Adobe Acrobat reader. If you use Norton Internet Security, it probably won't let you into the site, follow the instructions to allow site use. To use this site simply enter your Nebraska Drivers license number, all Nebraska residence have free access with a drivers license.




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