Monday, January 17, 2011

Nebraska Resources: Custer County

This is part of a series of posts regarding genealogy and local history resources, museums and other sites that may be helpful for your Nebraska research or if you are planning a research trip in Nebraska. If you have additional resources for this county, please add them in the Comments section below or email me.

  • Anselmo, 189
  • Ansley, 555
  • Arnold, 679
  • Berwyn, 122
  • Broken Bow, 3,778 - county seat
  • Callaway, 539
  • Comstock, 135
  • Mason City, 160
  • Merna, 377
  • Milburn, Unincorporated
  • Oconto, 147
  • Sargent, 710
  • Weissert, Unincorporated
  • Westerville, Unincorporated
Custer County Genealogy - RootsWeb

  • Civil Court Records from 1887 (Judge)
  • Probate records from 1887 (Judge)
  • Marriage Records from 1878 (Judge)
  • Divorce Records from 1866 (Clerk, District Court)
  • Land Records from 1880 (Registrar of Deeds)
  • Obituaries from 1915 (County Clerk)

Custer County Courthouse - Broken Bow

Broken Bow Public Library

Sargent Public Library

FindAGrave - Custer County cemeteries

History of Custer County - S.D. Butcher's pioneer history of Custer County (full view on Google books)

Homestead Records - search records of the Broken Bow land office (free)

Homestead Records - search records of the Broken Bow land office on Footnote (subscription)

Broken Bow - city web site

Custer County Chief - Broken Bow newspaper

Custer County Historical Society - on RootsWeb

Custer County Historical Museum - visitors are welcome to research their roots. Resources include maps, obituaries, pictures, marriage records.

Custer County Historical Museum - official

Custer County Research Library - resources

  • Family surname files
  • Newspapers on microfilm
  • Maps and Atlases
  • Pictures
  • Microfiche
  • Military notes
  • Early probate records
  • Obituary index and files
  • Population census
  • Books and biographies
  • Marriage records
  • Schools
  • Funeral records
  • Poor farm records
  • Homesteader's Index
  • Cemeteries
Nebraska State Grange historical marker

Solomon Butcher pioneer photographer - DVD for purchase

Solomon Butcher photo collection at the Library of Congress - photographs of homesteads; high quality digital images; indexed - MUST SEE digital collection

Books about Custer County - from the affiliate store with

Note: I will keep this page updated and it will have a permanent link under the Susan's Links tab above. Please email me or leave a Comment below if you have a suggestion for a link or resource.


  1. Wow, no sooner do I ask, I receive! Thanks Susan.

  2. Kevin, my "county resource" pages will be an ongoing thing, so if you come across links to add, please email me or leave a note in the Comments section!

  3. Susan, I'll remember. I am bookmarking the page.

    I have been here researching on these links for several hours. I have already found two sources I didn't already have for two different g-grandfathers. Plus there is much more still to go.

  4. I'm so happy to hear that you found some information on your great grandfathers, Kevin! I'm glad I was able to help.