Nebraska Genealogy

This guide contains a sample of The Newberry's resources on this topic. To locate additional resources, please check our catalog or consult a reference librarian.

Guides, Bibliographies, and Histories

Adrian, Frederick. Theses and Dissertations Dealing with Nebraska and Nebraskans. Lincoln: University of Nebraska, 1975. Call # F924.01

Guide to Public Vital Statistics Records in Nebraska. Lincoln: Nebraska Historical Records Survey, 1941. Call # F924.39.

Luebke, Frederick C. Nebraska: An Illustrated History. Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 1995. Call # F666.L83 1995.

Sones, Georgene. Nebraska: A Guide to Genealogical Research. Lincoln: Nebraska State Genealogical Society, 1984. Call # Local History Ref folio F665.S65 1984 (2nd floor open shelf).

Tate, Michael L. Nebraska History: An Annotated Bibliography. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1995. Call # Ayer Z1307.T38 1995 (4th floor, Special Collections).

Atlases and Gazetteers

Fitzpatrick, Lilian Linder. Nebraska Place Names. Lincoln: University of Nebraska, 1925. Call # X009.617 no. 6.

Nimmo, Sylvia. Maps Showing the County Boundaries of Nebraska, 1854-1925. Papillion, NE: S. Nimmo, 1978. Call # folio G4190.N5.

Nebraska State Gazetteer and Business Directory. Omaha: Polk-McAvoy Directory Co., 1917. The Official State Atlas of Nebraska. Evansville, IN: Unigraphic, 1976 (reprint of 1885 Everts & Kirk atlas). Call # folio G4190.E8 1885a.

Perkey, Elton. Nebraska Place Names. Lincoln: Nebraska State Historical Society, 1982. Call # F664.P47.

Biographical Sources

Baldwin, Sara Mullin. Who’s Who in Omaha: Biographical Sketches of Men and Women of Achievement, 1928. Louisville, KY: R. M. Baldwin Corp., 1928. Call # folio F674.O5 W6 1928.

Barns, Cass Grove. The Sod House: Reminiscent, Historical, and Biographical Sketches Featuring Nebraska Pioneers 1867-1895. Lincoln: Cass G. Barns, 1930. Call # F 924.075.

Compendium of History, Reminiscence, and Biography of Western Nebraska. Chicago: Alden Publishing Co., 1909. Call # F924.187. (1912 edition: F924.188)

Edmunds, A. C. Pen Sketches of Nebraskans, With Photographs. Omaha: P. & J. Wilbur, 1871. Call # E4924.254.

Nebraska Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution. Nebraska History of the Daughters of the American Revolution, from June 7, 1894 until February 1, 1929. Call # F8324.16.

Nebraska Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution. The Nebraska DAR-SAR Directory of Members and Ancestral Roll, 1963. Call # F8324.161. Nebraskans 1854-1904. Omaha: The Bee Publishing
Co., 1904. Call # F924.65.

University of Nebraska Directory of Alumni. Lincoln: University of Nebraska, 1928. Call # I78.56293.

Who’s Who in Nebraska. Lincoln: Nebraska Press Association, 1940. Call # fE 4924.974.


Heroes of 1812, Written by Members of the Nebraska Society of United States Daughters of 1812. Omaha: Citizen Printing Co., 1930. Call # F833601.626.

Index to Compiled Service Records of Volunteer Union Soldiers Who Served in Organizations from the Territory of Nebraska. Washington: National Archives and Records Service, 1964. Call # Microfilm 1182.

Military History of Nebraska. Lincoln, NE: Federal Writers' Project, 1939. Call No. U 0924 .28. Includes name index.

Roster of Nebraska Volunteers from 1861-1869 compiled from books, records and documents on file in office of Adjutant General of state. Hastings, NE: Wigton & Evans, 1888. Call # Microfiche 3418.

Roster of Soldiers, Sailors, and Marines of the War of 1812, the Mexican War, and the War of the Rebellion, Residing in Nebraska, December 1, 1897. Lincoln: J. North and Co., 1898. Call # F924.599.

Roster of Soldiers, Sailors, and Marines Who Served in the War of the Rebellion, Spanish-American War, and World War. Omaha: Waters-Barnhart Printing Co., 1925. Call # F924.5995.

Roster of Veterans of the Mexican, Civil, and Spanish American Wars Residing in Nebraska. Lincoln: C. W. Pool, Secretary of State, 1915. Call # F924.6.


Baumann, Louis Bloom. Nebraska, Douglas County Cemeteries: A Recording of All Rural Douglas County, Nebraska Cemeteries. Call # folio F672.D7 B39.

Sones, Georgene. Nebraska Cemeteries and Known Burial Sites. Lincoln, NE: Nebraska State Genealogical Society, 1996. Call # folio F665.S67 1996.

Ethnic Groups

Czech Churches in Nebraska. Ed. Vladimir Kucera. Nebraska Czechs, Inc., 1974. Call # F 924.4696.

DeVries, Ellen M. Irish and Scotch-Irish Who Made A Declaration of Intention to Naturalize from Cass, Douglas, Lancaster, Nemaha, Otoe, Richardson, Sarpy, and York Counties in Nebraska, 1855-1940+. Lincoln: Nebraskans of Irish and Scotch Irish Ancestry, 1997. Call # folio F675.I6 D48 1997.

Luebke, Frederick C. Immigrants and Politics: The Germans of Nebraska, 1880-90. Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 1969. Call # 4A 2027.

Rife, Janet Warkentin. Germans and German-Russians in Nebraska: A Research Guide to Nebraska Ethnic Studies. Lincoln: Center for Great Plains Studies, 1980. Call # F675.G3 R54.

Rosicky, Rose. A History of Czechs (Bohemians) in Nebraska. Evansville, IN: Unigraphic, 1976. (Reprint of 1929 edition.) Call # F675.B6 R82 1929a.

Sobotka, Maggie. Nebraska, Kansas Czech Settlers, 1891- 1895. Evansville, IN: Unigraphic, 1980. Call # folio F675.B67 S62.

Sobotka, Maggie. Nova Doba (New Era): Death And Obits, Abstractions and Translations. Omaha: M. Sobotka, 1984. Call # folio F674.O59 B677 1984. Obituaries published in Omaha Czech newspaper.

Swedish Omaha—Past and Present: Biographical Sketches of Swedish-Americans in the Omaha area Gathered in 1933, 1935, and 1991. Ed. Dale L. Lund and Reuben T. Swanson. Omaha: Swedish Cultural Committee, 1991. Call # F675.S23 S3 1991.


Diffendall, Anne P. A Guide to the Newspaper Collection of the State Archives. Lincoln: Nebraska State Historical Society, 1977. Call # folio Z 6952.N2 N4 1977.

Nebraska Newspaper Abstracts: A Computer Index to Names and Events Abstracted from Selected Nebraska Newspapers. Alliance, NE: Nebraska State Genealogical Society.

  • 1870 Series: Call # folio F665.N437
  • 1880 Series: Call # folio F665.N44
  • 1890 Series: Call # folio F665.N45
  • 1900 Series: Call # folio F665.N46


Nebraska Ancestree. Omaha: Nebraska Genealogical Society. 1978-present. Call # folio F665.N43.

Nebraska History Magazine. Lincoln: Nebraska State Historical Society. Vol. 4 (1921)- present. Call # F924.006.

Nebraska and Midwest Genealogical Record. 1923-1944. Call # E67.604.


U.S. population schedules 1860-1880 available on microfilm, behind the Genealogy Reference Desk. Indexes for 1860 and 1870 available on the 2nd floor open shelves. A transcription of the 1870 census may also be found on the 2nd floor open shelves. 1870 and 1880 CD-ROM indexes available at the Genealogy Reference Desk. Check library catalog by county to find transcriptions and more indexes.