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Box Butte 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

Box Butte County, Nebraska
Map of Nebraska highlighting Box Butte County
Location in the state of Nebraska
Map of the U.S. highlighting Nebraska
Location of Nebraska in the U.S.
Founded March 23, 1887
County Seat Alliance
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Address Box Butte County Courthouse
515 Box Butte Ave. #203
Alliance, Nebraska 69301
Phone: 308.762.6565


County Information

Box Butte County, Nebraska Record Dates

Beginning Dates for Major County Records[1]
Birth Marriage Death Census Land Probate
1886 1900 1886 1886

County Courthouse

Box Butte County Courthouse
515 Box Butte Ave #203;
Alliance, NE 69301
Phone:. 308.762.6565

County Clerk has marriage and land records.
County Judge has probate and court records.
Clerk District Court has divorce records. [2]


Parent County

1887--Box Butte County was created 23 March 1887 from Dawes County. County seat: Alliance [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 Box Butte 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 Box Butte 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 Box Butte 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 - Box Butte - Probate records.

Online 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


Alliance Public Library
Library in Alliance
1750 Sweetwater Ave, Suite 101
Alliance, NE 69301

Hemingford Public Library
Library in Hemingford
812 Box Butte, Box 6
Hemingford, NE 69348

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), Box Butte 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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