Nebraska Genealogy Resources

Nebraska became the 37th state in America on 1 March 1867, albeit among controversy as it is unique in being granted statehood over a presidential veto. This post isn’t about Nebraska Territory’s path to statehood, but its history is interesting.

Whether your ancestors settled in the newly opened Kansas-Nebraska Territory in 1854 or after it achieved statehood, I recommend beginning your research with a visit to the FamilySearch research wiki page, which provides extensive links across many categories.

The links are tagged so that you can tell if it goes to a paid site or if it can be viewed for free.

Nebraska is a big state with 93 counties, so it isn’t feasible to include links at the county level. My second recommendation is to again visit the FamilySearch wiki for the county of interest, as similar pages can be found for each of them. Omaha is in Douglas County.

Here are other online resources for Nebraska:

HistoryNebraska – the state archives and state historical society

NebraskAccess – the Nebraska state site

Nebraska State Genealogical Society – There are a number of links to both state and county resources that can be accessed without being a member of the society, including links to most of the state’s local genealogy societies. Well worth visiting the website!

Access Genealogy – Nebraska – Links to free resources

Cyndi’s List – Nebraska – a mix of free and paid resources

Nebraska Records – US GenNet

NEGenWeb – volunteer site with records set up by counties

Nebraska Genealogy Data on Genealogy Buff

Omaha Public Library – Genealogy Page

Online Nebraska Death Records & Indexes

Library of Congress – Nebraska Resources for Local History & Genealogy

University of Nebraska Archives and Special Collections

University of Nebraska Digital Collections

Adams County Historical Society

Dawson County Historical Society – maintains a research library

Gage County Historical Society & Museum

Nebraska Jewish Historical Society

Nebraska History Museum – online collections

American Historical Society of Germans from Russia

Crawford Historical Society & Museum

Happy researching in Nebraska!


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