There are many societies which may help family historians. Genealogical, historical, lineage, veterans, and ethnic societies are especially helpful because of the records and resources they collect, transcribe, and publish. Often their records contain birth, marriage, death, and biographical information. Below is a listing of Nebraska societies.
Nebraska State Genealogical Society
P.O. Box 5608
Lincoln, NE 68505-0608
The Nebraska State Genealogical Society book library is housed at the:
Beatrice Public Library
100 North 16th St.
Beatrice, NE 68310
Nebraska State Historical Society
P.O. Box 82554
1500 R Street
Lincoln, NE 68501
The Nebraska Historical Society maintains an informative website, which includes photographs, historical information and research guidance at http://www.nebraskahistory.org/ (see Website Contents for online resources).
A Lineage society is an organization whose members have shown proof of their descent from a qualifying ancestor such as a colonist or soldier. There are early settlers, ethnic, religious, and war societies. The Hereditary Society Blue Book is the annual Who's Who or Social Register of Hereditary, Lineage, and Patriotic societies. It also contains information on lineage societies, including the insignia, the membership requirements, and the national address of each organization. Books, articles, and publications that can be very helpful in genealogical research are kept by these societies. The applications for membership in these societies are preserved, and many are on microfilm at the Family History Library. See the Register of U. S. Lineage Societies (mentioned in the "Societies"), for lists of microfilmed records, and publications. Hundreds of organizations are in the United States, here are some with Nebraska ties:
- Colonial Dames
- Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR)
- Daughters of Union Veterans of the Civil War 1861-1865
- First Families of Nebraska. Sponsored by the Nebraska Genealogical Society to show lineage from an ancestor who settled in Nebraska no later than 1867. A "Pioneer Family" recognition is available for those ancestors who settled in Nebraska between 1868 & 1879.
- Nebraska Society of Mayflower Descendants
- Sons of the American Revolution
- Department of Nebraska Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War includes South Dakota.
- Hereditary Society Blue Book (1994), edited by Robert R. Davenport (The Family History Librarybook, FHL US/CAN Film 1697831 Item 4. ISBN 0806313986, 9780806313986