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Furnas County
Furnas County, Nebraska
Map of Nebraska highlighting Furnas County
Location in the state of Nebraska
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Location of Nebraska in the U.S.
Founded February 27, 1873
County Seat Beaver City
Address Furnas County Courthouse
912 R Street, P.O. Box 387
Beaver City, NE 68926-0387
Phone: 308.268.4145
County Website

Furnas 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

Furnas County, Nebraska Record Dates

Beginning Dates for Major County Records[1]
Birth Marriage Death Census Land Probate
1873 1880 1873 1873

County Courthouse

County Judge has marriage, probate and court records. Clerk District Court has divorce records. County Clerk has land records from 1873. [2]


Parent County

1873 Furnas County was created 27 February 1873 from unorganized territory. County seat: Beaver City [3]


Furnas County is located in the southwestern part of the state. It was named in honor of Robert Furnas, the third governor of the state. [4] Its county seat is Beaver City.[5]

Boundary Changes

Record Loss

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


Populated Places [6]

  • Arapahoe
  • Beaver City
  • Cambridge
  • Edison
  • Hendley
  • Holbrook
  • Oxford (partial)
  • Wilsonville

Neighboring Counties



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

Arapahoe Cemetery

Deaver Cemetery

Edison Cemetery

Fairview Cemetery (Cambridge)

Hendley Cemetery

Holbrook Cemetery

Hollinger (Union) Cemetery (Beaver City)

J. O. Stone Cemetery

Maple Creek Cemetery

Mount Hope Cemetery (Beaver City)

St. John's Catholic Cemetery (Cambridge)

St. Matthew's Cemetery (Arapahoe)

Spring Green Cemetery

Wilsonville Cemetery


Historical populations
Census Pop.  %±
1880 6,407
1890 9,840 53.6%
1900 12,373 25.7%
1910 12,083 −2.3%
1920 11,657 −3.5%
1930 12,140 4.1%
1940 10,098 −16.8%
1950 9,385 −7.1%
1960 7,711 −17.8%
1970 6,897 −10.6%
1980 6,486 −6.0%
1990 5,553 −14.4%
2000 5,324 −4.1%
2010 4,959 −6.9%
Source: "Wikipedia.org".

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

State Census Records
Federal Census Records

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


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 - Furnas - 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

County, Township and City Societies

  • Furnas County Historical Society
    401 Nebraska Ave
    P.O. Box 303
    Arapahoe, NE 68922
    Phone: 308-962-5236


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.



  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), Furnas County, Nebraska page 430, 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).
  4. http://genealogytrails.com/neb/furnas/ accessed 09/29/2016
  5. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Furnas_County,_Nebraska accessed 09/29/2016
  6. Wikipedia contributors, "Furnas County, Nebraska," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Furnas_County,_Nebraska, accessed 31 July 2016.