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Additional History Nebraska Research Resources and Databases

Atlases/Plat BooksThe History Nebraska library collection contains over 500 county atlases or plat books dating from 1885 to the present. About 150 have been microfilmed. Check this database for an accurate account of our holdings and find atlases/plat books years of interest.

Blog:  Search our History Nebraska Blog for recent posts.

City and County Directories:  Listing of the various city and county directories held by History Nebraska.

Civil War collections:  List of various manuscript and government records collections containing materials relating to the Civil War.

Civil War Veterans:   Locate names referenced in the Civil War Veterans Indexes. Enter the Last Name, First Name, Unit Served, GAR Unit Number, GAR Unit City, and/or GAR Unit County for a list of all matching name index entries.

Gazetteer Index, 1890 and 1911:  A statewide place/name index includes communities, businesses, and farmers directories.

Nebraska Maps: A sampling of Nebraska maps held by History Nebraska. Includes territorial, state, county, and city maps.

Newspaper Indexes and Inventories:  Lists of newspapers held by History Nebraska on microfilm and links to various indexes.

Prison Records, 1870-1990:  Locate names referenced within Prison Records.

Public Instruction Reports, (Nebraska Department of), 1861-1960: Locate references within the reports.

Research Guides: History Nebraska reference leaflets and miscellaneous other resources.

Sherard’s Nebraska Place Names:  Find more than 3500 Nebraska Place Names researched by Jerry Sherard and compiled from more than 25 sources.

U.S. General Land Office Tract BooksSearch homestead applications, proofs, final certificates, and supplemental information.

World War I Draft Registration Cards (Nebraska), 1917-1918:  Over 276,000 WWI draft registration records arranged by county.


Misc. other Research Resources and Databases

Land Entry Files (Nebraska) – National ArchivesThe 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.

Marriage Records (Nebraska) – FamilySearch:  Statewide marriage index (incomplete).

Nebraska Public Documents (University of Nebraska):  Launched in October 2007, this website includes reports from 1891 to 1942 and is a keyword searchable collection of digitized historic reports of Nebraska constitutional officers and state agencies. The website now has about 169,000 pages of digital content.

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