Nebraska Church Records
Before 1900 the largest religious groups in Nebraska were the Roman Catholic, Methodist Episcopal, Lutheran, and Presbyterian churches.
The Nebraska State Historical Library has an extensive collection of Protestant church records. These are listed in the Guide to the Manuscript Division of the State Archives (see the Archives and Libraries section). For a fee, the staff will check the records if you provide the exact name and location of the church and the date and nature of the information desired.
The Family History Library has very few church records from Nebraska. It has microfilms of some Presbyterian records, such as session minutes, baptisms, and membership rolls. The library also has DAR transcripts of some other denominations' records.
You can write to the following addresses to learn where their records are located:
Archives of the Nebraska Synod
4980 South 118 Street, Suite D
Omaha, NE 68137-2220
Early congregations and pioneers are described in Charles F. Sandahl, The Nebraska Conference of the Augustana Synod. (n.p.: Nebraska Conference, 1931; Family History Library film 1036240 item 3).
Odessa3.org - This site contains German-Russian emigrant ancestry in pocket settlements in mid-west states of North Dakota, South Dakota and Nebraska . Contains transcribed minutes of meetings, membership lists (some with parentage listed), birth, deaths, and marriages.]
Nebraska Wesleyan University
Historical Archives United Methodist Church
5000 St. Paul Avenue
Lincoln, NE 68504
United Methodist Historical Center
P.O. Box 4553
Lincoln, NE 68504-0553
Presbyterian Historical Society
United Presbyterian Church in the U.S.
425 Lombard Street
Philadelphia, PA 19147
Hall's Index of American Presbyterian Congregations briefly summarizes information published as part of General Assembly minutes, annual denomination yearbooks, and related sources. The index contains the organization and dissolution dates of churches, denomination and location changes, mergers, etc. Search Hall's Index to see if a Presbyterian congregation existed in a town or city, and then search CALVIN, the on-line catalog, to learn what registers, minutes, and other records are available in the Presbyterian Historical Society Archives.
Archdiocese of Omaha
100 North 62 Street
Omaha, NE 68132-2795
For a helpful history see Henry Weber Casper, History of the Catholic Church in Nebraska, Three Volumes. (Milwaukee, Wisconsin: Catholic Life Pub., 1960-66; Family History Library book 978.2 K2c). A brief History of the Archidiocese of Omaha is available as part of the Catholic Encyclopedia.