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Nebraska, State Census Collection, 1860-1885Free851,345
Nebraska, State Census, 1885737,606
Nebraska, Compiled Census Index, 1854-18708,303
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U.S., Presbyterian Church Records, 1701-19704,530,460
U.S., Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, Swedish American Church Records, 1800-19473,655,098
U.S., Dutch Reformed Church Records in Selected States, 1639-19891,868,002
Nebraska, Marriage Records, 1855-19081,452,885
U.S., Selected States Dutch Reformed Church Membership Records, 1701-1995465,390
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U.S. WWII Draft Cards Young Men, 1940-1947Updated54,293,029
U.S., World War II Draft Registration Cards, 1942Updated15,293,445
U.S., Union Soldiers Compiled Service Records, 1861-1865837,569
Nebraska Resident Military Roster on June 1, 189114,972
Nebraska Volunteers, 1861-695,169
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Nebraska, Federal Naturalization Records, 1890-195732,643
Omaha, Nebraska, Passenger and Crew Manifests of Airplanes, 1958-1965119
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Nebraska Extracted Family HistoryFree4,176
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U.S., Chicago and North Western Railroad Employment Records, 1935-1970Free1,095,640
U.S., Selected States Dutch Reformed Church Membership Records, 1701-1995465,390
A history of the Baptists in the western states east of the Mississippi421
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U.S., Homestead Records, 1863-1908107,521
Nebraska, Wills and Probate Records, 1806-19892,703
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The great valleys and prairies of Nebraska and the Northwest395
Report on the archives of the state of Nebraska56
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Western Nebraska History and Biography1,674
Southeastern Nebraska Biographical and Genealogical History597
Roster of soldiers, sailors, and marines of the War of 1812, the Mexican War, and the War of the Rebellion, residing in Nebraska551
Solitary places made glad : being observations and experiences for thirty-two years in Nebraska421
A history of the Baptists in the western states east of the Mississippi421
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A Genealogical History

Nebraska in brief

Statehood: March 1, 1867
Capital: Lincoln
Largest City: Omaha
Counties: 93
State motto: Equality Before the Law
State nickname: The Cornhusker State
Neighboring states: South Dakota, Colorado, Kansas, Iowa, Missouri, Wyoming


O. Street, Lincoln, Nebraska, c. 1901

Interesting Facts

  • It's estimated that about 500,000 emigrants followed the various trails to the West, many of which passed through Nebraska following along the Platte River.
  • In 1854, the Kansas-Nebraska Act created the territories of Kansas and Nebraska as the struggle over anti- and pro-slavery states escalated. In 1820, the Missouri Compromise of 1820 had designated territory north of the southern boundary of Missouri in the Louisiana Territory as free, and south of that line as slave. The Kansas-Nebraska Act would leave that decision up to voters in those two territories and an influx of pro- and anti-slavery settlers converged on the new territories to help sway the vote.
  • In 1874, the Plains states were invaded by swarms of grasshoppers. According to Nebraska: The Land and the People, "Growing crops disappeared in a single day. Trees were stripped of leaves. Potatoes, turnips and onions were pursued into the earth . . . . Many settlers had nothing to live on during the winter but their sod corn and garden. These were gone. It looked like starvation. The future held no hope, for the very soil was filled with eggs which would hatch a hundred times as many grasshoppers the next spring. Those were the darkest days for the Nebraska pioneers. Some sold or gave away their claims and went east." 1874 was the worst year, but the problem continued until 1877.

Featured Nebraska Data Collections

U.S., World War II Draft Registration Cards, 194215,293,445
U.S. WWII Draft Cards Young Men, 1940-194754,293,029
U.S., Presbyterian Church Records, 1701-19704,530,460
U.S., Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, Swedish American Church Records, 1800-19473,655,098
U.S., Homestead Records, 1863-1908107,521

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Resources

Nebraska Census Research

Federal censuses in Nebraska began in 1860.

The Nebraska State Historical Society has the original enumerations for the territorial censuses of 1854, 1855, and 1856. A few counties (most notably Cass and Lancaster) were recorded in state censuses taken in 1867, 1874, 1875, 1878, and 1879.

School censuses are taken every year in Nebraska. Many counties are available at the Nebraska State Historical Society, some complete and some fragmented. Some are also available on microfilm at the Family History Library in Salt Lake City.

 

Nebraska Vital Records

The statewide requirement for registration of births and deaths began late in 1904, and marriages and divorces in 1909. However, total compliance was not achieved for several years.

 

Nebraska Research Resources

The organizations listed below provide information about Nebraska history and genealogy. In addition to these state-level resources, many counties and towns maintain important genealogical collections in local libraries, genealogical societies, or historical societies, so check for a local resource when researching.