State Research Guide: Nebraska
5/1/2008
Harvest your family's history in the Cornhusker State.

Nebraska has produced more than its well-known agricultural crops of corn, soybeans and wheat, and a historically top-ranked football team — the University of Nebraska Cornhuskers. It's also produced stars such as entertainer Fred Astaire, actors Marlon Brando and Henry Fonda, writer Willa Cather and former US president Gerald Ford.

But long before those stars were born, historical headliners blazoned their way through the area — including Etienne Veniard de Bourgmont, the fist recorded European in Nebraska; Meriwether Lewis and William Clark, explorers of the Louisiana Purchase; and Robert Stuart, an Oregon Trail pioneer. Embrace those trailblazers' legacy by using this guide to plot your own Nebraska family's past.