Nebraska History | Nebraska State Historical Society houses the Nebraska State Archives in Lincoln, Nebraska. They have cemetery records, directories, newspapers, maps, photographs, military records and more.
Birth, Marriage, & Death Records
Cemetery Registry, Nebraska Statewide: Registry for any cemetery, Native American burial ground, mausoleum, or columbarium in Nebraska.
Hastings Regional Center Cemetery Records, 1889-1959
Two alphabetical listings for the 1,150 patients buried in the Hastings Regional Center Cemetery. (pdf)
Norfolk Regional Center Cemetery Records, 1888-1954
Alphabetical listings for patients buried in the Norfolk Regional Center Cemeteries. (pdf)
Wyuka Cemetery Interments, (Lincoln, Ne.) 1877 – Feb. 1881 “Those Who Slumber” (pdf)
Orphan Train riders
This table lists names of known Nebraska orphan train riders, families taking them in, etc.
ONSITE ONLY – Telephone Directories – they accept lookup requests
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.
ONSITE ONLY – City/County Directories: The 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.
Nebraska Maps: A sampling of Nebraska maps held by NSHS. Includes territorial, state, county, and city maps.
Gazetteer Index, 1890 and 1911: A statewide place/name index includes communities, businesses, and farmers directories.
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 Books – Search homestead applications, proofs, final certificates, and supplemental information.
ONSITE ONLY – Atlases/Plat Books: The 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.
Daily Life Records
Libraries, Museums, & Archives
Research Guides: NSHS reference leaflets and miscellaneous other resources.
Public Instruction Reports, (Nebraska Department of) 1861-1960
This database allows researchers to locate references within the reports.
Magazines & Publications
Nebraska History articles – searchable database
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.
Newspapers on Microfilm – Indexed by town and newspaper name. PDF gives range of dates covered on each reel.
Newspaper Indexes and Inventories: Lists of newspapers held by the NSHS on microfilm and links to various indexes.
Bostock Studio, Palisade, Nebraska; RG5339. Samples available online.
Butcher, Solomon D. (Solomon Devore), 1856-1927. RG2608.PH. Go the the Butcher Collection on American Memory. This link will take you directly to the Library of Congress American Memory web site where 3000+ Butcher glass plate negatives are available. Learn more about the American Memory project. Link to biographical information about Butcher. This collection is also available on CD Rom and microfiche. Samples available online.
Kimball, Thomas, 1873-1905; RG5212. Samples available online.
Klima, Otto, 1916-2000; RG0802. Samples available online.
Merchant, Robert; RG5841. Samples available online.
Nelson, John, 1864-1942; RG3542. Samples available online.
Prisons & Prisoners
Prison Records, 1870-1990: Locate names referenced within Prison Records.
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.
World War I Draft Registration Cards (Nebraska), 1917-1918: Over 276,000 WWI draft registration records arranged by county.