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Blaine 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.


Coordinates: 39.99°0′N 91.19°0′W / 39.99°N 91.19°W / 39.99; -91.19

Blaine County, Nebraska
Map of Nebraska highlighting Blaine County
Location in the state of Nebraska
Map of the U.S. highlighting Nebraska
Location of Nebraska in the U.S.
Founded March 5, 1885
County Seat Brewster
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Address Blaine County Courthouse
P.O. Box 136
Brewster, Nebraska 68821
Phone: 308.547.2222


County Information

Blaine County, Nebraska Record Dates

Beginning Dates for Major County Records[1]
Birth Marriage Death Census Land Probate
1885 1900 1885 1885

County Courthouse

Blaine County Courthouse
PO Box 136
Brewster, NE 68821
Phone: 308.547.2222

County Judge has probate and court records.
County Clerk has divorce and land records from 1887. [2]


Parent County

1885--Blaine County was created 5 March 1885 from Custer County. County seat: Brewster [3]

Boundary Changes

Record Loss


Populated Places

Neighboring Counties



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


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


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.



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.

Local Histories

Local histories are available for Blaine 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.





Additional newspapers abstracts can sometimes be found using search phrases such as Blaine County, Nebraska Genealogy newspapers in online catalogs like:


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 - Blaine - Probate records.

Online Probate Records


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

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.

Societies and Libraries

Nebraska Historical & Genealogical Societies

Nebraska State Genealogical Society

Box 5608
Lincoln, NE
Email- General Inquiry: Website: The Nebraska State Genealogical Society (NSGS)

Nebraska State Historical Society
P.O. Box 82554
1500 R St.
Lincoln, NE
Phone: 402-471-3270
Website: Nebraska State Historical Society

Nebraska Military Historical Society
1330 N. Burlington Ave.
P.O. Box 1286
Hastings, NE

Nebraska Jewish Historical Society
333 S. 132nd St.
Omaha, NE
Phone: 402-334-6442

North Central Nebraska Genealogical Society
P.O. Box 362
O’Neill NE

Northeastern Nebraska Genealogical Society
P.O. Box 169
Lyons NE

Northern Nebraska Genealogical Society
P.O. Box 362
O’Neill NE

Northwest Nebraska Genealogical Society
P.O. Box 6
Alliance, Nebraska

Nebraska Society of Mayflower Descendants Contact: Martin W. Beerman, Historian
Nebraska Society of Mayflower Descendants
19509 Frances Circle
Omaha, NE
Website: Nebraska Society of Mayflower Descendants

Museum of Danish America

4210 Main Street
PO Box 249
Elk Horn, IA
Phone: 712.764.7008
877.764.7008 (toll free)
Email: genealogy@danishmuse Website: The Danish Brotherhood/Sisterhood

County, Township and City Societies

Blaine County Historical Society
P.O. Box 7
Brewster NE

Family History Centers

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.

Web Sites

  • USGenWeb project. May have maps, name indexes, history or other information for this county. Select the state, then the county.
  • FamilySearch Catalog


  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), Blaine County, Nebraska page 428, 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).


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