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Kearney County, Nebraska Genealogy

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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.



Kearney County, Nebraska
Map
Map of Nebraska highlighting Kearney County
Location in the state of Nebraska, United States Genealogy
Map of the U.S. highlighting Nebraska
Location of Nebraska in the U.S.
Facts
Founded January 10, 1860
County Seat Minden
Courthouse
Photo courtesy [[]]
Address Kearney County Courthouse
Minden, Nebraska 68959-0339
Phone: 308.832.2723


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

Kearney County Courthouse
Minden, NE 68959
Phone: 308.832.2723

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

History

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]

Boundary Changes

Record Loss

Places/Localities

Populated Places

Axtell

Minden

Wilcox

Hildreth

Heartwell

Norman

Neighboring Counties

Resources

Cemeteries

Census

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

Church

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.

Court

Land

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 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

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Migration

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

Military

Newspapers

For information on Nebraska newspapers, see Nebraska Newspapers.


Probate

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.

Taxation

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

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

References

  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. Jim Tompkins, "The Oregon Trail 1841-1848 Map II" in Oregon Trail Landmarks at OTMap2.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).

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