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- You're getting started tracing your ancestors in Nebraska
- You want new ideas and resources to get past a Nebraska brick wall
- Your genealogy search is focused mainly on Nebraska —you don't need the full State Research Guides collection
- a how-to article detailing Nebraska’s history and records, with helpful advice on tracking your family there
- the best websites, books and other resources for Nebraska research, handpicked by our editors and experts
- listings of key libraries, archives and organizations that hold the records you need
- timeline of key events in the state's history
- full-color map to put your research in geographical context
- The state’s reputation as a vast wasteland (the misnomered “Great American Desert”) stifled settlement until the end of the Civil War, when the Union Pacific Railroad reached the territory and Americans migrated west to claim new land under the Homestead Act of 1862.
- Several territorial, state and county enumerations were taken between the 1854 and 1917. Find descriptions of these censuses online, or consult county records resources and the state historical society for holdings.
- Few counties and cities kept birth and death records before 1904, and except for the Omaha Birth Registry, 1869-1907, the Nebraska State Historical Society has no copies of statewide or county birth and death records.