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== Societies and Libraries  ==
== Societies and Libraries  ==
'''County, Township and City Societies'''
:*'''Butler County Historical Society'''<br>200 D Street<br>David City 68632
'''Nebraska Historical & Genealogical Societies'''
:*'''[http://nsgs.org/  The Nebraska State Genealogical Society (NSGS)]'''<br>Box 5608<br>Lincoln, NE 68505-0608<br>Email- General Inquiry: conference@nsgs
:*'''[http://www.nebraskahistory.org/index.shtml Nebraska State Historical Society]'''<br>P.O. Box 82554 1500 R St.<br>Lincoln, NE 68501-2554<br>Phone: 402-471-3270
:*'''Nebraska Military Historical Society'''<br>1330 N. Burlington Ave.<br>P.O. Box 1286<br>Hastings 68901-1286
:*'''Nebraska Jewish Historical Society'''<br> 333 S. 132nd St.<br> Omaha, NE<br>68154<br> Phone: 402-334-6442
:*'''North Central Nebraska Genealogical Society'''<br>P.O. Box 362<br>O’Neill NE 68763
:*'''Northeastern Nebraska Genealogical Society'''<br>P.O. Box 169<br>Lyons NE 68038
:*'''Northern Nebraska Genealogical Society'''<br>P.O. Box 362<br>O’Neill NE <br>68763
:*'''Northwest Nebraska Genealogical Society'''<br>P.O. Box 6<br>Alliance, Nebraska 69301
:*'''[http://nebraskamayflower.org/ Nebraska Society of Mayflower Descendants Nebraska Society of Mayflower Descendants]'''<br>Contact: Martin W. Beerman, Historian<br>Nebraska Society of Mayflower Descendants<br>19509 Frances Circle<br>Omaha, NE <br>68130-2982
:*'''[http://www.danishmuseum.org/explore/danish-american-culture/danish-brotherhood-sisterhood The Danish Brotherhood/Sisterhood Museum of Danish America]''' <br>4210 Main Street<br>PO Box 249<br> Elk Horn, IA <br>51531<br>Phone: 712.764.7008<br>877.764.7008 (toll free)<br>712.764.7010<br>Email: genealogy@danishmuse
==== Family History Centers  ====
==== Family History Centers  ====
{{FamilySearch Centers Intro}}  
:*{{FamilySearch Centers Intro}}
== Web Sites  ==
== Web Sites  ==

Revision as of 18:25, 4 July 2016

United States Gotoarrow.png Nebraska Gotoarrow.png Butler County

Butler 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.


Butler County, Nebraska
Map of Nebraska highlighting Butler County
Location in the state of Nebraska
Map of the U.S. highlighting Nebraska
Location of Nebraska in the U.S.
Founded January 26, 1856
County Seat David City
Photo courtesy [[]]
Address Butler County Courthouse
451 5th Street
David City, Nebraska 68632
Phone: 402.367.7430

County Information

Butler County, Nebraska Record Dates

Beginning Dates for Major County Records[1]
Birth Marriage Death Census Land Probate
1856 1860 1856 1856

County Courthouse

Butler County Courthouse
451 5th Street
David City, NE 68632
Phone: 402.367.7430

County Clerk has land records from 1869.
County Court has marriage and probate records.
Clerk District Court has divorce and court records. [2]


Parent County

1856--Butler County was created 26 January 1856 from Greene County. County seat: David City [3]

Boundary Changes

Record Loss

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


Populated Places

Neighboring Counties



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


For tips on accessing Butler 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.

Local Histories

Local histories are available for Butler 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.




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



For information on Nebraska newspapers, see Nebraska Newspapers.


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 - Butler - 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.

Societies and Libraries

County, Township and City Societies

  • Butler County Historical Society
    200 D Street
    David City 68632

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

  • USGenWeb project. May have maps, name indexes, history or other information for this county. Select the state, then the county.
  • FamilySearch Catalog


  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), Butler County, Nebraska page 428, 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. Jim Tompkins, "The Oregon Trail 1841-1848 Map I" in Oregon Trail Landmarks at http://www.oregonpioneers.com/OTMap1.jpg (accessed 18 July 2011).
  5. "Oregon California Trails Association" at http://octatrails.micromaps.com/ (accessed 18 July 2011).
  6. "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).