Buffalo County Historical Society Archives

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 afternoon from 1 pm to 4 pm or by appointment.

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

Our Archives are staffed by wonderful volunteers who spend countless hours pouring over records and log books! We appreciate their help and dedication to preserving the history of our great county! Are you wanting to volunteer in the Archives? We are always looking for people who would like to help digitize the records we have from Buffalo County. Fill out the volunteer form and submit it to bchs.us@hotmail.com or drop a completed form to our Family History Center!

Below is a list of what you can find in our Archives:

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.

Other County Resources
Nebraska Resources
Other adjacent resouce centers nearby
Frank Museum History Nebraska Hall County Historical Society
Fort Kearny Genealogical Society Nebraska State Genealogical Society Stuhr Museum
University Special Collections and Archives Nebraska Access Prarie Pioneer Genealogical Society
Kearney Public Library   Nebraska Prairie Museum
Ravenna Historical Society    
Gibbon Heritage Center    
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