Sunday, December 26, 2010

52 Weeks of Online American Digital Archives and Databases: Nebraska

This is the 28th post in what originally was a weekly series of Online American Digital Archives and Databases found for free at state, county, municipal, college and university history, library, and archive websites, as well as public and private library and museum sites, and historical and genealogical society sites.


Nebraska Memories - http://www.nebraskamemories.org/ - "...a cooperative project to digitize Nebraska-related historical and cultural heritage materials and make them available to researchers of all ages via the Internet." Thirty participants from libraries, academic and medical institutions, museums, historical societies, and others have digitized photographs, postcards, books, and documents highlighting Nebraska's history.

Nebraska Public Documents - http://nebpubdocs.unl.edu/ - a collaborative effort between the Nebraska Library Commission, the Nebraska State Historical Society, the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, and the University of Nebraska-Omaha; "the intent of the project is to provide access to state government agency reports from 1891 through 1956".

Nebraska State Genealogical Society Tombstone Photo Project - http://tombstones.nesgs.org/index.php - searchable by surname or browsable by cemetery; they also accept tombstone photos

Nebraska State Historical Society - http://www.nebraskahistory.org/ - this site will keep you busy for quite a while. Check out the Research, Search Collections, and Nebraska History Magazine links to find out about all things historical and Nebraska...many links will take you to actual content and databases, including the Past Perfect database.

Nebraska Western Trails - http://www.nlc.state.ne.us/westerntrails/ - "a multi-state collaborative between Colorado, Kansas, Nebraska, and Wyoming. Participants in the project digitize and provide World Wide Web access to photographs, text, and maps about historic, and modern trails in the western states." Note that links to some off-site content are obsolete or broken and you may need to Google the resource to actually access it.

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Creighton University Archives - http://reinert.creighton.edu/archives/archives.htm - links to digitized campus newspapers and historical photos

University of Nebraska-Lincoln Libraries - Archives and Special Collections - http://libraries.unl.edu/spec - from this page you can browse the collections database (choose Digital Content), finding aids, and image collections.

University of Nebraska Omaha - Criss Library - http://revelation.unomaha.edu/ - under Research Tools, choose Special Collections, then choose from five different categories including the University Archives under which the campus newspaper, Gateway, has been listed.

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Columbus and Norfolk Nebraska Historical Obituaries - http://www.onelibraryne.org/obituaries/

Denton Community Historical Society - http://denton.ancestralwhispers.com/index2.htm - although this site has distracting backgrounds, it does contain great content in the form of biographies, info on churches, railroad land contract, schools, and the 1925 rural directory

Douglas County Clerk/Comptroller Marriage License Search - http://www.douglascountyclerk.org/marriage-licenses/marriagelicensesearch - 1988 to the present

Douglas County Historical Society Library Archives Center Photo Collection - http://douglascountyne.pastperfect-online.com/31238cgi/mweb.exe?request=ks - searchable database

Greater Omaha Genealogical Society - http://gogsmembers.wordpress.com/ - this site is actually a blog with links to its resources at other blogs: surname directory, marriages, and obituaries (all listed in the right-hand menu). 

Lancaster County Marriage License Search - http://lancaster.ne.gov/clerk/marrsrch.htm - marriage records for 1964 to the present; searchable by groom's or bride's name, or by marriage date

Lincoln City Libraries Star City Treasures - http://www.lincolnlibraries.org/oral_history/Star_City_Treasures.htm - oral histories in MP3 format; interviews of both adults and children

Lincoln-Lancaster County Genealogical Society Database - http://www.llcgs.info/searchhome.html - "contains information about cemeteries, marriages, probate, people in old newspapers, old rural resident listings and various other publications about people who once lived and/or died in Lancaster County Nebraska."

Madison County Genealogical Society Resources - http://mcgs.nesgs.org/resources.htm - tons of information about and data on businesses, cemeteries, churches, family files, Germans from Russia, gleanings from newspapers, hospitals and sanitariums, land records, plat books, libraries, county history, marriages and anniversaries, military, miscellaneous archives (directories, lists, naturalizations, clubs, and more), newspapers, obituaries, queries, schools, towns, unidentified photos and much more

Omaha Public Library Digital Collections - http://www.omahapubliclibrary.org/books-and-resources/digital-collections - Collections include Early Omaha, Trans-Mississippi and International Exposition of 1898, Nebraska Memories, Early Nebraska, and the World Stereoview Collection

Otoe County Genealogical Society - http://ocgs.homestead.com/index.html - probably the best data on this site is a list of Civil War veterans buried in this county, but other resources include data on the local cemeteries, surnames, and pioneer

Sarpy County Marriage License Search - http://www.sarpy.com/clerk/MarriageLookup.asp - 1987 to the present

Southwest Nebraska Genealogical Society - http://swngs.nesgs.org/ - don't let the outdated design of this site fool you; there's a trove of online records on this site: patriots, Civil War, cemeteries, census, court records and probate, graduates, marriages, landowners, newspapers, funeral homes, obituaries, plat maps, Sanborn Maps, school census, WWI Draft, and more

Stuhr Museum of the Prairie Pioneer Research Department - http://www.stuhrmuseum.org/research/holdings.htm - contains Hall County Marriages (1860 - 1870) and Hall County's Pioneering Women, among other items of interest

Washington County Genealogical Society - http://www.newashcogs.org/ - there is a lot of useful information on this site, the premier being the excellent obituary database

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Check out my Nebraska Online Historical Directories and my Nebraska Online Historical Newspapers pages.
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