Genealogical Research in Nebraska

Whether the final stop or just a temporary host to wagon trains of passing pioneers, Nebraska was another stepping stone in the United States’ ever westward expansion.  Nebraska become a state in 1867. Like other states, Nebraska has a long and unique history all its own. Its people equally unique and special, especially to genealogists in search of their Nebraskan ancestors. To help the researcher, author Ruby Coleman wrote Genealogical Research in Nebraska.

Genealogical Research in Nebraska was introduced with great success at the 2011 National Genealogical Society Conference in Charleston, South Carolina. As with researching in any specific geographical location, Coleman suggests, the challenge for researching in Nebraska is to locate as many records as possible. There are many repositories where these records are found. Nebraska’s record keeping is somewhat unique, but very useful to the genealogist with a little know how. Available records document families who came to Nebraska, whether they settled and stayed or moved on after a few years.

Heavily illustrated with photos and documents, this volume was written to give the researcher clues in locating and understand Nebraska specific records; including, those records previously not considered relevant or available.

Author Ruby Coleman, of Nebraska, has been actively involved in researching genealogy for over 40 years and has been a professional genealogist for over 25 years. She is an instructor of seminars and classes, as well as a lecturer and free-lance writer. Her expertise is in Nebraska and the plains states genealogy, history, and research.



Nebraska Settlement
Colonization and Development by Railroad
Nebraska Court System and Records
Nebraska Vital Records
Probate, Guardianships and Adoptions
Land Records
Naturalization Records
Civil and Criminal Court Records
County Histories
Territorial, Federal and State Censuses
Military Records
Schools and Records
Institutional Records
Nebraska Railroads
Nebraska Ethnic Groups
Religious Records
Orphan Trains
Cattle Brands
Societies, Repositories and Libraries
Genealogical Collections in Nebraska Libraries and Repositories
Nebraska State Censuses & Substitutes 1854-1976
Maps Showing Nebraska County Boundary Changes
Nebraska County Records – Alphabetical by county
Suggested Internet Web Pages
Suggested Reading


Order a copy of Genealogical Research in Nebraska for yourself, a relative, a friend, or your local library from Family Roots Publishing; Price: $19.95.

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