BCHS mission statement:
“The object of this Society shall be to bring together those people interested in history, and especially the history of Buffalo County and the State of Nebraska. Understanding the history and preservation of the history of our community is basic to our democratic way of life and gives us a better appreciation of our American heritage.”

Memorial Day thru Labor Day:
Monday-Saturday 10 am to 6 pm
and Sundays from 1-5 pm
Monday-Friday 1-4 pm

September thru May:

Monday-Friday 1-5 pm
Mondays 1-4 pm


Buffalo County Historical Society
710 West 11th Street
PO Box 523
Kearney, NE 68848-0523





Below is a list of records you will find in the Archives of the Buffalo County Historical Society. The Archives is located in the southwest corner of Trails and Rails and is open every Monday afternoons from 1 pm to 4 pm.

Contact our archivists at bchs.archives@hotmail.com with any questions or queries.

The records are still being labored over by dedicated volunteers, feel free to stop by and help.

Atlases: Buffalo County - 1907, 1919, 1948, 1953, 1983 *** Nebraska 1885
Births in Buffalo County - 1917-1918
Birth records (Delayed)
Cemetery records for burials in Kearney Cemetery
Cemetery records for Buffalo County cemeteries
Dogs - 1930 & 1931
Docket Fees - 1904
Family history and papers of Myron Scott
Family history and papers of Lauritz Larson
Family history and papers of Marian Johnson
Family histories
Farm Loans
Hope Camp members
Kearney City Directories from 1889
Marriage records beginning in 1872
Probate records beginning in 1872
Poll Books for Kearney, 1875, 1876, 1878
Newspapers published in Kearney:
Kearney Weekly Hub
Kearney Daily Hub
New Era Standard
Central Nebraska Press
Newspapers published in Shelton
A scrapbook of obitiuaries published in the Gibbon newspaper
The Golden Record - obituaries printed in Gibbon and Shelton newspapers
Naturalization records
Register of Voters in Kearney in 1889
Register of Deaths in Buffalo County - 1917-1918
Register of Dentists in Buffalo County - 1888-1891,1896-1930, 1908-1932
Register of Farms-Ranches in Buffalo County
Embalmer Register - 1900 & 1901
Optometrist Register - 1912-1913
Nurses Register - 1910-1915
Physicians Record - 1881-1939
School census records
Kearney Water Company Application book & Register - 1887-1893
Kearney’s water system was installed in 1886.
Beginning in January, 1887, all applications to hook into the water system were registered in this book. A good way to date houses which were built in this time period.






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