You'll love this if…
- You're getting started tracing your ancestors in Nebraska
- You want new ideas and resources to get past a Nebraska brick wall
- Your genealogy search is focused mainly on Nebraska —you don't need the full State Research Guides collection
Trace your Nebraska ancestors with the advice and resources in our State Research Guide! This four-page download includes:
- a how-to article detailing Nebraska’s history and records, with helpful advice on tracking your family there
- the best websites, books and other resources for Nebraska research, handpicked by our editors and experts
- listings of key libraries, archives and organizations that hold the records you need
- descriptions of the top historic sites for learning about your ancestors' lives and times, including visitor information
- timeline of key events in the state's history
- full-color map to put your research in geographical context
Here's a sampling of the helpful tips you'll get in the Nebraska guide:
- The state’s reputation as a vast wasteland (the misnomered “Great American Desert”) stifled settlement until the end of the Civil War, when the Union Pacific Railroad reached the territory and Americans migrated west to claim new land under the Homestead Act of 1862.
- Several territorial, state and county enumerations were taken between the 1854 and 1917. Find descriptions of these censuses online at www.nebraskahistory.org/lib-arch/services/refrence/la_pubs/census2.htm, or consult county records resources and the state historical society for holdings.
- Few counties and cities kept birth and death records before 1904, and except for the Omaha Birth Registry, 1869-1907, the Nebraska State Historical Society has no copies of statewide or county birth and death records.
Plus, each guide contains active web links for one-click access to every recommended online resource. You can view this PDF on your computer and print pages for reference.