Research Resources & Databases

Students studying in the Technical High School library, Omaha, Nebraska, ca. 1920s. [RG3882.PH0042-0075-1]

Additional Historical Society Research Resources and Databases

Atlases/Plat BooksThe NSHS 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.

Atlases/Plat Books Name Index:  Locate name referenced within the various Nebraska county atlases on microfilm.

Blog (NSHS):  Search the Nebraska State Historical Society blog for recent posts.

Cemetery Registry, Nebraska Statewide:  Registry for any cemetery, Native American burial ground, mausoleum, or columbarium in Nebraska.

City/County DirectoriesThe NSHS library collects all available city/county directories for all communities and counties in the state. Dates range from 1854 (territorial days) to 2015.  Check this database for inaccurate account of our holdings and find the directories for town/county and years of interest.

Civil War Veterans:   Locate names referenced in the Civil War Veterans Indexes. Enter a 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 NSHS. Includes territorial, state, county, and city maps. 

Newspaper Indexes and Inventories:  Lists of newspapers held by the NSHS 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: NSHS 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.

Telephone Directories:  The NSHS is Nebraska's only library that collects old phonebooks from towns, cities, or regions in Nebraska. Dates from the early 1900s to near the present. Use this database for an accurate account of our holdings and to identify towns/cities and years of interest.

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 . . . Our Towns (University of Nebraska):  Historic information for over 600 Nebraska cities. Compiled by Jane Graff.

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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