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Kearney County, Nebraska
Map of Nebraska highlighting Kearney County
Location in the state of Nebraska
Map of the U.S. highlighting Nebraska
Location of Nebraska in the U.S.
Founded January 10, 1860
County Seat Minden
Kearney County Courthouse (Nebraska)
Address Kearney County Courthouse
424 N. Colorado
Minden, NE 68959-0339
Phone: 308.832.2723
County Website

Kearney 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

Kearney County, Nebraska Record Dates

Beginning Dates for Major County Records[1]
Birth Marriage Death Census Land Probate
1860 1870 1860 1860

County Courthouse

County Clerk has marriage records from 1872 and land records. County Judge has probate and court records. Clerk District Court has divorce records. [2]


Note the city of Kearney is in BUFFALO county, NOT Kearney county.

Parent County

1860 Kearney County was created 10 January 1860 from unorganized territory. County seat: Minden [3]


Kearney County is located in bottom half of the state. [4] It was named after Fort Kearny, which in turn was named after Brigade General Stephen W. Kearny.[5]

Boundary Changes

Record Loss

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


Populated Places [6]

  • Minden
  • Axtell
  • Heartwell
  • Norman
  • Wilcox
Unincorporated communities
  • Keene
  • Lowell
  • Newark
Ghost town
  • Dobytown
  • Blaine
  • Cosmo
  • Eaton
  • Grant
  • Hayes
  • Liberty
  • Lincoln
  • Logan
  • Lowell
  • May
  • Mirage
  • Newark
  • Oneida
  • Sherman

Neighboring Counties



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


Historical populations
Census Pop.  %±
1860 474
1870 58 −87.8%
1880 4,072 6920.7%
1890 9,061 122.5%
1900 9,866 8.9%
1910 9,106 −7.7%
1920 8,583 −5.7%
1930 8,094 −5.7%
1940 6,854 −15.3%
1950 6,409 −6.5%
1960 6,580 2.7%
1970 6,707 1.9%
1980 7,053 5.2%
1990 6,629 −6.0%
2000 6,882 3.8%
2010 6,489 −5.7%
Source: "".
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 Kearney 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 Kearney 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 Kearney County 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 - Kearney - 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


  • Kearney Public Library
    2020 1st Ave.
    Kearney, NE 68847
    Director: Matthew R. Williams
    Phone: (308) 233-3282; (308) 233-3281; Fax: (308) 233-3291

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), Kearney County, Nebraska page 432, 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, "Kearney County, Nebraska," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia,,_Nebraska, accessed 1 August 2016.
  7. Jim Tompkins, "The Oregon Trail 1841-1848 Map II" 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).