Buffalo County, Nebraska Genealogy

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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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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]


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


Populated Places

Cities and Villages

Buffalo County is also divided into some 26 townships

Neighboring Counties



  • Buffalo County Cemeteries. Most of the county's cemeteries have been inventoried since around the rear 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 2 miles Northwest of the town of Amherst. It's a small cemetery. Many of the headstones are for people of German descent.


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



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.


  • 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



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




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


Vital Records

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
    Kearnney, Nebraska 68848
    Telephone: (308)234-3041
    The Trails and Rails Museum at 717 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 companty 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


  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).