Researching Nebraska ancestors? Yes? Then you’ll want to check out the databases available on the website of the Nebraska State Historical Society:
“Learn the many ways to search for your information in the Library and Archives.
Archival Collection search
The Archival Collection Database provides access to basic information on the Society's collections of manuscripts (papers of families and individuals, and records of businesses and organizations), photographs, moving images, and sound recordings.
Library Catalog search
The library collection (books, maps, serials, and newspapers) includes over 50,000 titles of which over 40,000 are represented in this online catalog.
Gazetteer Index, 1890 and 1911
A statewide place/name directory. Includes communities, businessess, and farmers directory.
Nebraska Atlases / Plat Books
The NSHS library has a collection of over 500 county atlases or plat books and about 150 have been microfilmed. The approximate time period of these atlases and plat books is 1885 to the present. This database gives an accurate account of our holdings and helps researchers verify the existence of atlases/plat books for their years of interest.
Nebraska Atlases / Plat Books Name Index
This database allows researchers to locate name references within the various Nebraska county atlases that are on microfilm.
Nebraska City / County Directories
The NSHS library collects all available city/county directories for all communities and counties in the state. The coverage is from territorial days to within the last two years. This database gives an accurate account of our holdings and helps researchers verify the existence of these directories for town/county and years of interest.
Nebraska Civil War Veterans
This database allows researchers to locate name references within the Civil War Veterans Indexes. The researcher may input a Last Name, First Name, Unit Served, GAR Unit Number, GAR Unit City, and/or GAR Unit County and will be given a listing of all the matching name index entries.
Nebraska Department of Public Instruction Reports, 1861-1960
This database allows researchers to locate references within the reports.
Nebraska History Index Search
Nebraska: Name Index to Cancelled, Regected, and Relinquished Land Entry Files (National Archives website)
The National Archives' Central Plains Region (Kansas City) has a variety of guides, reference information papers, lists, and other finding aids. Those available online for Nebraska are listed.
Nebraska Newspaper Indexes
Most of these newspaper indexes are card indexes or privately produced volumes at the Society Library. This database has grown to include indexes found in published material, other libraries within the state, as well as the worldwide web. It is an index of indexes. You can NOT look up a family name here.
Nebraska . . . Our Towns (University of Nebraska database)
Historic information for over 600 Nebraska cities. Compiled by Jane Graff.
Nebraska Government Records
By law, government records are public records. This database indexes federal, state, county, municipal, and special district records held in the Society Archives.
Nebraska Prison Records, 1870-1990
This database allows researchers to locate name references within the Prison Records.
Nebraska Public Documents
Launched in October 2007, this website includes reports from 1891 to 1929 and is a keyword searchable collection of digitized historic reports of Nebraska constitutional officers and state agencies.
Nebraska State Newspaper Project
This database has over 200,000 names indexed from Nebraska newspapers and is available at NEGenWeb website.
Nebraska Telephone Directories
The NSHS library is the only library in the state that collects old phonebooks from towns, cities, or regions in Nebraska. The coverage is from the early 1900s to near the present. This database gives an accurate account of our holdings and helps researchers verify the existence of phonebooks for towns/cities and years of interest.
Nebraska U.S. General Land Office Tract Books
Search homestead applications, proofs, final certificates, and supplemental information.
Nebraska Statewide Cemetery Registry
This database needs your help! Your assistance will enhance this valuable tool. It has not gone online due to limited funding.
Sherard's Nebraska Place Names
Find Nebraska Place Names researched by Jerry Sherard. From more than 25 sources and contains more than 3500 entries.
WWI Draft Registration Cards: 1917-1918, Nebraska
Over 276,000 records, arranged by county