Nebraska Archives, Libraries, and Societies

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This entry was originally written by Marsha Hoffman Rising, CG, FUGA, FASG and Dwight A. Radford for Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources.

This article is part of
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the Nebraska Family History Research series.
History of Nebraska
Nebraska Vital Records
Census Records for Nebraska
Background Sources for Nebraska
Nebraska Maps
Nebraska Land Records
Nebraska Probate Records
Nebraska Court Records
Nebraska Tax Records
Nebraska Cemetery Records
Nebraska Church Records
Nebraska Military Records
Nebraska Periodicals, Newspapers, and Manuscript Collections
Nebraska Archives, Libraries, and Societies
Nebraska Naturalization
Ethnic Groups of Nebraska
Nebraska County Resources
Map of Nebraska

Nebraska State Historical Society

P.O. Box 82554
1500 R St.
Lincoln, NE 68501-2554

Resources of the society consist of the library, public records, manuscripts, moving images/sound, photographs, and reference. The holdings are described in various sections of this chapter. Many published and unpublished family histories and biographical accounts of Nebraskans in various formats are included. The website has extensive links to resources for the state.

Nebraska State Genealogical Society

Box 5608
Lincoln, NE 68505

County record source guides are published by the society along with its quarterly Nebraska Ancestree and newsletter. The society’s library is housed in the Beatrice Public Library.

The State DAR Library

Lue R. Spencer Genealogical Library,
Edith Abbott Memorial Library
2nd and Washington Streets
Grand Island, NE 68801

Holdings include DAR cemetery records of Nebraska and originals of Nebraska DAR Ancestors Registry.

American Historical Society of Germans from Russia

631 D St.
Lincoln, NE 68502

The society’s collection includes special indexes, obituaries, and materials relating to Germans from Russia.

There are currently over forty-six genealogical societies and 150 historical societies operating in Nebraska. The Nebraska GenWeb Project website is an excellent resource for links to archives, libraries, and societies statewide. The “Nebraska Libraries Catalog” page on the University of Nebraska–Lincoln website provides access to academic libraries, public libraries, and other libraries throughout the state.