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The archives, libraries, and societies listed below have major collections or services helpful to genealogical researchers.

Wiki Articles on Major Repositories in Nebraska[edit | edit source]

Nebraska State Historical Society · Beatrice Public Library · State DAR Library · American Historical Society of Germans from Russia · National Archives at Kansas City · Mid-Continent Public Library Midwest Genealogy Center

Nebraska Archives[edit | edit source]

Nebraska State Historical Society Library and Archives[edit | edit source]

Nebraska State Historical Society
1500 "R" Street
Lincoln, NE 68501
Telephone: 402-471-4751
Fax: 402-471-3100

Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 82554
Lincoln, NE 68501

The Department of Reference Services includes two divisions of particular interest to genealogists—the Library Division and the State Archives. The Library Division houses printed materials, whereas the State Archives maintains Nebraska government records, newspapers, and other historical documents.
The state of Nebraska is actively microfilming records. Most of the state and many of the county records described in this outline are available on microfilm at the Nebraska State Historical Society. They cannot be borrowed by interlibrary loan, but most are available for purchase.
A useful guide to records at the State Archives is A Guide to the Manuscript Division of the State Archives, Nebraska State Historical Society (Lincoln: Nebraska State Historical Society, 1974); Family History Library book 978.2 A3n No. 5; includes a 1983 supplement.
The Nebraska State Historical Society has also published a series of helpful leaflets describing genealogical sources in Nebraska. You can write to the society for copies.

National Archives at Kansas City, Missouri[edit | edit source]

400 West Pershing Road
Kansas City, MO 64108
Telephone: 816-268-8000

The National Archives at Kansas City, Missouri has the records of regional federal offices for Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, and Nebraska, including the following:

  • Federal naturalization records including A-files
  • Bureau of Indian Affairs and other American Indian records
  • Copies of federal land, census, military, and immigration records

Nebraska State Genealogical Society[edit | edit source]

P.O. Box 5608
Lincoln, NE 68505-0608

Nebraska Libraries[edit | edit source]

The Nebraska Library Commission provides a comprehensive list of websites for the libraries within Nebraska.

Nebraska State Historical Society,Go to Search Collections tab, select Additional Research Databases to access indexes to names in cemetery records, county atlases, plat books and prison records.

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American Historical Society of Germans from Russia
631 "D" Street
Lincoln, Nebraska 68502-1199
Telephone: 402-474-3363

The Danish American Archive and Library
1738 Washington Street
Blair, Nebraska
Telephone: 402-426-7910

The collection consists of books, recordings, photographs, and unpublished written materials relating to the people of Danish extraction in North America.
To learn more about the history and record-keeping systems of Nebraska counties, use the seven inventories of county archives published by the Historical Records Survey around 1940. The Family History Library has copies of these.

Nebraska Online Records[edit | edit source]

Links to online databases and indexes that may include vital records, biographies, cemeteries, censuses, histories, immigration records, land records, maps, military records, naturalizations, newspapers, obituaries, or probate records.

Websites[edit | edit source]

You can find computerized research tips and information about ancestors from Nebraska in a variety of sources at local, state, national, and international levels. The list of sources is growing rapidly. Most of the information is available at no cost. You can use Internet search engines to help locate information.

Addresses on the Internet change frequently. The following sites are important gateways linking you to many more sites:

  • USGenWeb


This site is a cooperative effort by many volunteers to list genealogical databases, libraries, bulletin boards, and other resources available on the Internet for each county, state, and country.
  • RootsWeb


RootsWeb is a useful list of sites and resources. Includes a large, regularly updated research coordination list.
  • FamilySearch™


The Family History Library and family history centers have access to FamilySearch on the Internet. This is a good place to begin your research.