Nebraska Church Records

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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. The library 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 also 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
Telephone: 402-896-5311
Fax: 402-896-5354

Early congregations and pioneers are described in Charles F. Sandahl, The Nebraska Conference of the Augustana Synod. (n.p.: Nebraska Conference, 1931; FHL film 1036240 item 3).


Nebraska Wesleyan University
Historical Archives United Methodist Church
5000 St. Paul Avenue
Lincoln, NE 68504
Telephone: 402-465-2400
Fax: 402-465-2189

United Methodist Historical Center
Nebraska Conference
P.O. Box 4553
Lincoln, NE 68504-0553
Telephone: 402-465-2175


Presbyterian Historical Society
United Presbyterian Church in the U.S.
425 Lombard Street
Philadelphia, PA 19147
Telephone: 215-627-1852
Fax: 215-627-0509

Roman Catholic

Chancery Office
Archdiocese of Omaha
100 North 62 Street
Omaha, NE 68132-2795
Telephone: 402-558-3100
Fax: 402-558-3026

For a helpful history see Henry Weber Casper, History of the Catholic Church in Nebraska, Three Volumes. (Milwaukee, Wisconsin: Catholic Life Pub., 1960-66; FHL book 978.2 K2c).