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Greeley County

Greeley County, Nebraska
Map of Nebraska highlighting Greeley County
Location in the state of Nebraska
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Location of Nebraska in the U.S.
Founded March 1, 1871
County Seat Greeley
Address Greeley County Courthouse
101 South Kildare Street
P.O. Box 302
Greeley, NE 68842
Phone: 308.428.2705
County Website

Greeley 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

Greeley County, Nebraska Record Dates

Beginning Dates for Major County Records[1]
Birth Marriage Death Census Land Probate
1871 1880 1871 1871

County Courthouse

County Clerk has marriage, land, military and naturalization records. County Court has probate records. Clerk Discharge Court has divorce and court records. [2]


Parent County

1871 Greeley County was created 1 March 1871 from unorganized territory. County seat: Greeley [3]


Greeley County was named in honor of Horace Greeley (1811-1872) to whom is credited the saying: "Go west young man and grow up with the country."[4] Its county seat is Greeley. Greeley County was organized in 1872.[5]

Boundary Changes

Record Loss

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


Populated Places[6]
  • Belfast
  • Brayton
  • Greeley Center
  • O'Connor
  • Scotia
  • Scotia Junction
  • Spalding
  • Wolbach
  • Horace

Neighboring Counties



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


Historical populations
Census Pop.  %±
1880 1,461
1890 4,869 233.3%
1900 5,691 16.9%
1910 8,047 41.4%
1920 8,685 7.9%
1930 8,442 −2.8%
1940 6,845 −18.9%
1950 5,575 −18.6%
1960 4,595 −17.6%
1970 4,000 −12.9%
1980 3,462 −13.5%
1990 3,006 −13.2%
2000 2,714 −9.7%
2010 2,538 −6.5%
Source: "".

For tips on accessing Greeley 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 Greeley 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 - Greeley - 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

  • Greely County Historical Society Courthouse Museum
    Courthouse Square
    Greeley, NE 68842
    Phone: 308-428-3115
  • Wheeler County Historical Society
    Hc 61
    Box 2
    Spalding, NE 68665
    Phone: 308-497-2163


  • Greeley Public Library
    117 South Galloway Street
    P.O. Box 4 C
    Greeley, NE 68842
    Phone: 308-428-4010; 308-428-2545
  • Scotia Public Library
    Scotia & Greeley Avenue
    P.O. Box 188
    Scotia, NE 68875
  • Wolbach Public Library
    610 Kingston
    P.O. Box 67
    Wolbach, NE 68882
    Phone: 308-246-5278

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), Greeley County, Nebraska page 431, 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. accessed 09/29/2016
  5.,_Nebraska accessed 09/29/2016
  6. Wikipedia contributors, "Greeley County, Nebraska," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia,,_Nebraska, accessed 1 August 2016.