Nebraska Family History Societies

This section lists the societies of Nebraska, giving details about each one and what resources and publications they offer.

Statewide and Regional Societies

County Societies

Eastern Nebraska Genealogical Society

The society was established in 1972.

The Counties of Butler(Only Census and Marriages), Colfax, Cuming, Dodge, Saunders and Washington are covered by the Society.

Many archives are accessible in their library, located in the basement of Claire Mares Home at 1722 East 19 Fremont, NE, which include some Dodge County Church Records, Marriages, the IGI on Microfiche and Naturalisations. 

Many databases are available on the site, which include Tombstone Inscriptions, Early Marriages 1856-1877 and Declaration of Intent Requests. 

Databases also incorporate Naturalisations, which incorporate:

  • Vol. A - DI 1880-1887
  • Vol. B - DI 1882-1903
  • Vol. C - DI & FP 1875; 1890-1903
  • Vol. D - DI 1903-1906
  • Vol. E - DI & FP 1904-1906

Back Issues of their Newsletter are also available covering 1998-2008.


Nebraska State Genealogical Society

The association has an extensive Book Collection which is located at the Beatrice Public Library, 100 North 16th St, Beatrice, NE 68310. 

Photographs of tombstones in some cemeteries are available.  They are indexed by surname for each Cemetery and also by County.

Publications available for sale include:

  • Births, Marriages and deaths mentioned in newspapers
  • Death Abstracts
  • Early Pioneers of Nebraska
  • Homesteaders
  • Marriage Records
  • Naturalisations
  • Newspaper Abstracts and Clippings
  • Obituary Indexes
  • Probate Index

Nebraska State Historical Society

The association has an extensive collection of resources, which incorporate:

  • Cemetery Records
  • City Directories
  • Manuscripts
  • Newspapers
  • Photographs
  • Plat Books
  • Prison Records
  • Telephone Directories
  • Tract Books

An on-line catalogue is also available on the site.


Southwest Nebraska Genealogical Society

The association has a Library where an extensive collection of archives are available, including:

  • Cemeteries
  • Cemetery Transcripts 1878-1978
  • Land Owners in 1905
  • Marriages 1872-1972
  • McCook Daily Gazette Records
  • McCook's Business Directories 1886 and 1926-27
  • Newspaper Abstracts
  • Pioneer Families
  • Red Willow Co. Atlas 1958
  • School Census

Many databases are accessible, which include:

  • 1886-1900 School Census Returns
  • Carpenter Funeral Home Index 1890-1910
  • Cemetery Indexes
  • Census Indexes
  • Civil War Soldier Ancestors
  • Court Abstracts
  • High School Graduates
  • Landowners in 1905
  • Marriages 1874-1900
  • Newspapers
  • Patriot Ancestors
  • Probate Records

Many publications are sold by the society, which incorporate:

  • 1905 Red Willow Co. Farmland Owners
  • 1907 Hayes Co. Farmland Owners
  • Bartley NE Cemetery Book
  • Marriages
  • McCook Funeral Home Register Records 1891-1910
  • Red Willow Co. 1890 Census Military Veterans and Widows

County Societies

Adams County Historical Society

The aim of the society is to preserve the heritage of Adams County, Nebraska.  

To this end, they collect photographs, artefacts and videos relating to the history of the area, maintain an archive, and educate young people learning about their heritage.

The association has transcribed records of Adams Co. Cemeteries and the society is willing to check in their index following payment of a fee per surname. 

A list of Cemeteries is on the site.

Records available in their Archive include:

  • Census Records
  • Church Registers
  • Hastings City Directories
  • Marriage Licences Index
  • Naturalisations
  • Newspaper Index
  • Obituary Index
  • School Records
  • Tombstone Transcriptions from all Cemteries in the County

Many publications are sold by the society, which include:

  • Adams County: A Pictorial History (Jeff O'Donnell)
  • Adams County: Historic Buildings Survey
  • Connections to the Past (Elizabeth Spilinek)
  • The Life and Times of Mary Wikoff Oliver 1861-1896 (Julie Claydon)
  • Roseland 1887-1987
  • Tales from the Prairie (Dorothy Weyer Creigh)
  • Then and Now: Hastings (Elizabeth Spilinek)
  • U.S. Naval Ammunition Depot (Walt Miller)


Buffalo County Historical Society

Many resources are available in their Archives, which incorporate:

  • Atlases
  • Births
  • Buffalo Co. Register of Deaths 1917-1918
  • Cemetery Transcripts
  • Family Histories
  • Kearney Poll Books 1875, 1876 & 1878
  • Kearney Register of Voters 1889
  • Marriages from 1872
  • Naturalisations
  • Newspapers
  • Probate Records from 1872
  • School Census Records


Cass County Historical Society

Many archives are available at their museum.  The museum has resources relating to Cass Co. history from 1854, when it was first settled.

These include:

  • Biographical Album of Otoe and Cass County 1889
  • Cass County Tribune October 1895 - April 1897
  • Census Returns
  • The History of Plattsmouth 1853-1900
  • Nehawka Enterprise 2 July 1931 - 26 June 1952
  • Plattsmouth City Directories
  • Plattsmouth Daily Herald 9 March 1883 to 9 March 1888
  • Telephone Directories
  • Town Histories


Chase County, Nebraska Historical Society

The association was established in 1938.  Numerous databases are available, which incorporate:

  • Cemetery Lists(Some Indexed)
  • Early Settlers
  • List of Churches
  • Obituaries

They also have Genealogical Information taken from Headstones, Newspapers and other Records which has been compiled by Kermit Karns of Imperial, Nebraska.

A list of surnames currently being researched by Members is also accessible.  A Mailing List, hosted by Rootsweb, is also available.


Crawford Historical Society

The aim of the association is to preserve the history of Crawford and surrounding rural area.

An extensive collection of archives are held by the society, which include Photographs, Newspapers, Obituaries and Books relating to the area.


Custer County Historical Society

Many resources are accessible in their research library, which incorporate:

  • Census Returns
  • Early Probate Records Index
  • Family Surname Files
  • Funeral Records
  • Maps and Atlases
  • Military Lists
  • Newspapers
  • Obituary Indexes
  • Photographs
  • Pictures
  • Town Centennial Books

Some databases are on the site, including:

  • Cemetery Lists
  • Index of the 1886 Gazetteer
  • Index to Custer Co. History
  • Obituaries


Greater Omaha Genealogical Society

The aims of the association are to unite people interested in the study of genealogy and family history and to encourage people to preserve of public and private records.

Numerous publications are available for sale, which incorporate:

  • 365+1 Genealogy Tips Calendar
  • 1913 and 1924 Atlases: Douglas, Sarpy, and Washington Counties in Nebraska; Mills and Pottawattamie Counties in Iowa
  • Back Issues of Westward into Nebraska, their Newsletter.
  • Burials of Civil War Veterans in Forest Lawn Cemetery, Omaha
  • Documentation Guide: Companion to Federal Census Helper
  • Douglas Co. 1886 Voter Registration
  • Douglas Co. Marriages 1854-1881

Publications available for sale also include:

  • Federal Census Helper
  • Newspaper Clippings
  • Omaha Undertakers 1865-2006
  • Omaha's Historic Prospect Hill Cemetery
  • Remains to be Found: Special Publication of GOGS
  • Rural Douglas County Cemeteries
  • Westward into Nebraska: GOGS Newsletter

A list of surnames currently being researched by Members, and a list of links to sites you may find of use, are also accessible.


Jefferson County Genealogical Society

The association was founded in September 1996.

The aim of the Society is to preserve the pioneer heritage of the county.

There is an on-line person index and Tables of Contents for the Pioneer Trail, their Quarterly Publication.  Back Issues of this publication are available for sale.

A research service is offered by the society.

Numerous other publications are also available for sale, including:

  • Endicott High School Newspaper called The Redbird
  • Endicott, Our Town
  • Funeral Home Books
  • History of Steele City
  • Immigrations
  • Marriages 1864-1903
  • Naturalisations
  • Steele City High School Broadcast(Newspaper) Special Edition
  • Steele City Newspapers 1919-1940


Madison County Genealogical Society

The society was established in June 1973, its aims being to help people researching their genealogy and to promote and encourage the study of family history.

Information and databases are available, which include:

  • Cemetery Listings
  • Church Registers
  • City Directories
  • Early Pioneers of Nebraska
  • Family Files
  • Land Records 1899 Plat Book
  • Land Records 1918 Plat Book
  • Land Records - 1918 Plat Book Maps

Information and databases also incorporate:

  • Marriage Information
  • Military Records
  • Naturalisations
  • Newspaper Abstracts
  • School Registers
  • Telephone Directories
  • Tombstone Inscriptions Indexes for numerous Cemeteries

Links to other sites you may find of use are also accessible.


Phelps Helps Holdrege Area Genealogical Club

Back Issues of their Newsletter from 1996 are on the site.  There are also Every Name Indexes of the Newsletters from 1992-1998. 

Many publications are available for sale, including:

  • Cemetery Books
  • Harlan Co. Marriage Book 1873-1936
  • Immanuel Lutheran Cemetery in Harlan County
  • Phelps Co. Marriages 1877-1976
  • Prisoners on the Plains: German POWs in America (Glenn Thompson)


Washington County Historical Association

The association was established in 1919, with $1000 that was left over from the 1919 Centennial Celebration.  It was incorporated in 1925, its purpose being to preserve the history of Washington County and surrounding area for future generations.

Many archives are accessible in their museum, which include:

  • Abstracts
  • Cemetery Records
  • Census Records
  • Family Histories
  • Legal Records
  • Marriage Records
  • Newspapers
  • Obituaries

Archives also incorporate:

  • Photographs
  • Plat Maps
  • Real-Estate Records
  • Quit Claim Deeds
  • School Records
  • Scrapbooks
  • Writings of Edith Neale
  • Writings of William H. "Grandpa" Woods

Several databases are on the site, which include Biographies of Washington Co. Early Settlers pre 1867, Washington Co. Cemetery Records and Records of Blair Cemetery Plots.



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