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Buffalo 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.

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Coordinates: 39.99°0′N 91.19°0′W / 39.99°N 91.19°W / 39.99; -91.19
Buffalo County, Nebraska
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Location in the state of Nebraska
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Location of Nebraska in the U.S.
Facts
Founded March 14, 1855
County Seat Kearney
Courthouse
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Address Buffalo County Courthouse
1512 Central Ave.
Kearney, Nebraska 68848
Phone: 308.236.1226



Contents

County Courthouse

Buffalo County Courthouse
1512 Central Ave
PO Box 1270
Kearney NE 68848
Phone: 308-236-1270
County Vital Records Telephone: (308)236-1226

County Clerk has marriage records from 1872.
County Judge has probate and court records
from 1872. Clerk District Court has divorce records.
Reg of Deeds has land records. [1]

History

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Parent County

1855--Buffalo County was created 14 March 1855 as an original county.
County seat: Kearney [2]

Boundary Changes

The records are in the county record office.

Record Loss

Places/Localities

Populated Places

Cities and Villages

Buffalo County is also divided into some 26 townships

Neighboring Counties

Resources

Cemeteries

  • Buffalo County Cemeteries. Most of the county's cemeteries have been inventoried since around the year 2000 and posted on Rootsweb, There is an alphabetical list of burials, also a list by cemetery. Each Cemetery is listed by name, code, and township and range.
  • The cemetery for the Immanuel Lutheran Church is located about 3 miles Northwest of the town of Amherst. It's a small cemetery. Many of the headstones are for people of German descent.

Census

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

Church

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.

Court

Buffalo County houses a District Court and a County Court. The District Court issues writs and orders, collects and disperses child support fees, keeps court records, and records court proceedings.The County Court handles probate, civil, criminal and traffic cases.

Land

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.

  • Buffalo County Register of Deeds
    PO Box 1270
    Kearney, Nebraska 68848
    In Nebraska counties with more than 20,000 inhabitants, there is a separate office for the Register of Deeds. The Register of Deeds website has an alphabetical index to Buffalo County Land Patents compiled by the agency.

Local Histories

Local histories are available for Buffalo County, Nebraska. 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.

Maps

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Migration

Early migration routes to and from Buffalo County, Nebraska for European and African American settlers included:

Military

Newspapers

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

Probate

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 Family History Library Catalog lists films of probate records. To find the records for this county, use the Place Search for Nebraska - Buffalo - Probate records.

Probate records are held and created by the Buffalo County Court listed in the County section on this page.

The Family History Library has microfilm copies of Buffalo County &columns=*,0,0 probate records 1906-1956housed by the North Platte Genealogical Society in North Platte, Nebraska. As of April 2010 the society has an internet address but no web content.

Points of Interest

Taxation

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.

The Family History Library has microfilm copies of Buffalo County &columns=*,0,0 marriage records 1896-1993housed in the Nebraska State Historical Society and the Buffalo County Courthouse.

Societies and Libraries

  • Buffalo County Historical Society
    PO Box 523
    Kearney, Nebraska 68848
    Telephone: (308)234-3041
    The Trails and Rails Museum at 710 West 11th St. in Kearney houses their collection. The Society's archives have county atlases for various years, family papers from a few families, family histories, marriage records beginning 1872, probate records from 1872, newspapers published in Kearney and Shelton,  naturalization records, school census records, Kearney water company records from 1887-1893, and more.
  • Fort Kearney Genealogical Society
    PO Box 22
    Kearney, Nebraska
    The Fort Kearney Genealogical Society was organized in 1978. It has in its own collection, or has access to early school records, cemetery inventories, census and Soundex records, microfilms of the Kearney HUB and other county newpapers, land patents, marriages, delayed birth records naturalizations, early probates, etc. It publishes a quarterly journal titled Buffalo Chips,  They are happy to do look-ups in their own archives and libraries and at the courthouse.
  • Ravenna Historical Society
    105 Aba Ave
    Ravenna, Nebraska 68869

Family History Centers

Web Sites

References

  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Buffalo County, Nebraska page 428, At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  2. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).
  3. Jim Tompkins, "The Oregon Trail 1841-1848 Map II" in Oregon Trail Landmarks at http://www.oregonpioneers.com/OTMap2.jpg (accessed 18 July 2011).
  4. "Oregon California Trails Association" at http://octatrails.micromaps.com/ (accessed 18 July 2011).
  5. "The Pioneer Story: The Mormon Pioneer Trail" in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints at http://lds.org/gospellibrary/pioneer/pioneerstory.htm (accessed 18 July 2011).