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Colfax County, Nebraska
Map of Nebraska highlighting Colfax County
Location in the state of Nebraska
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Location of Nebraska in the U.S.
Founded February 15, 1869
County Seat Schuyler
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Address Colfax County Courthouse
411 E. 11th Street
Schuyler, Nebraska 68661-1940
Phone: 402.352.3434

Colfax 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.


County Information

Colfax County, Nebraska Record Dates

Beginning Dates for Major County Records[1]
Birth Marriage Death Census Land Probate
1869 1870 1869 1869

County Courthouse

Colfax County Courthouse
411 E 11th Street
Schuyler, NE 68661
Phone: 402.352.3434[[Image:]]402.352.3434

County Judge has marriage records from 1869, probate records from 1886
and court records form 1885.
Clerk District Court has divorce records from 1881.
County Clerk has land records from 1860. [2]


Parent County

1869--Colfax County was created 15 February 1869 from Platte County. County seat: Schuyler [3]


Colfax County is located in the eastern part of the state.

Its county seat is Schuyler.

The county and the county seat is named after the former Vice President of the United States, Schuyler Colfax. [4]

The county was formed in 1869. The Largest city is Schuyler. [5]

Boundary Changes

Record Loss

There is no known history of courthouse disasters in this county.


Populated Places[6]

  • Clarkson
  • Howells
  • Leigh
  • Richland
  • Rogers
  • Schuyler (county seat)

Neighboring Counties



Clarkson, Nebraska
Sousek Cemetery

Columbus Cemetery Supervisor
1060 12th Avenue, Columbus NE
(402)562-4251 (402) 562-4251

Dodge, Nebraska:
Saint Patricks Cemetery
Tabor Cemetery

Howells, Nebraska
Grove Hill Cemetery
S S Peter and Paul Cemetery
Saint Johns Cemetery
Danish Lutheran Cemetery

Schuyler, Nebraska:
Dry Creek Cemetery
Saint Johns Cemetery
Grandview Cemetery

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


Historical populations
Census Pop.  %±
1870 1,424
1880 6,588 362.6%
1890 10,453 58.7%
1900 11,211 7.3%
1910 11,610 3.6%
1920 11,624 0.1%
1930 11,434 −1.6%
1940 10,627 −7.1%
1950 10,010 −5.8%
1960 9,595 −4.1%
1970 9,498 −1.0%
1980 9,890 4.1%
1990 9,139 −7.6%
2000 10,441 14.2%
2010 10,515 0.7%
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State Census Records
Federal Census Records

Federal Censuses were taken for Nebraska starting in 1860. For links to Federal census indexes, see Nebraska Census.

For tips on accessing Colfax 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.

For more information see Nebraska Land and Property

Local Histories

Local histories are available for Colfax 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.

Maps and Gazetteers



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


Revolutionary War
Civil War


For information on Nebraska newspapers, see Nebraska Newspapers.

Nebraska Newspapers Online

Nebraska Newspaper Catalogs


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 - Colfax - 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.

Marriage Records

Online Marriage Records Indexes and Images

Societies and Libraries

5 County, Township and City Societies

  • Clarkson Historical Society
    221 Pine St.
    Clarkson 68629-4015

Nebraska Historical & Genealogical Societies

  • Nebraska Military Historical Society
    1330 N. Burlington Ave.
    P.O. Box 1286
    Hastings 68901-1286
  • 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 68763
  • Northeastern Nebraska Genealogical Society
    P.O. Box 169
    Lyons NE 68038
  • Northern Nebraska Genealogical Society
    P.O. Box 362
    O’Neill NE
  • Northwest Nebraska Genealogical Society
    P.O. Box 6
    Alliance, Nebraska 69301

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


  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), Colfax County, Nebraska page 429, 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).
  6. Wikipedia contributors, "Colfax County, Nebraska," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia,,_Nebraska, accessed 29 July 2016.
  7. Jim Tompkins, "The Oregon Trail 1841-1848 Map I" in Oregon Trail Landmarks at (accessed 18 July 2011).
  8. "Oregon California Trails Association" at (accessed 18 July 2011).
  9. "The Pioneer Story: The Mormon Pioneer Trail" in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints at (accessed 18 July 2011).