Nebraska Fast Facts and Key Resources

By Dana Schmidt Premium

Statehood: 1867

US territory status: Indian Territory in 1834; became Nebraska Territory in 1854


First available federal census: 1860

Territorial and state censuses: 1854, 1855, 1856, 1860, 1865, 1869

Statewide birth and death records begin: 1904

Statewide marriage records begin: 1909

Public-land state

Counties: 93

Contact for vital records:

Nebraska Health and Human Services System
Bureau of Vital Statistics
Box 95065
Lincoln, NE 68509
(402) 471-2871

Web Sites

1893 Nebraska Census of Civil War Veterans


Germans from Russia Living in Lincoln, Neb.


A Guide to Genealogical Research at the Nebraska State Historical Society


History of the State of Nebraska


Nebraska Ancestors Sharing Center


Nebraska GenWeb Project


The Nebraska Newspaper Project


Nebraska School Records


Orphan Trains of Nebraska


US Government Land Laws in Nebraska, 1854-1907

< landlaw7.htm>

USGenWeb Census Project: Nebraska



Arizona, Colorado, Nebraska, New Mexico, 0regon, & Washington, 1727-1900 Marriage Index CD (Genealogical Publishing Co.)

Douglas County, Nebraska Marriages, 1854-1881 by Greater Omaha Genealogical Society and Friends (Genealogical Publishing Co.)

The Family Tree Resource Book for Genealogists edited by Sharon DeBartolo Carmack and Erin Nevius (Family Tree Books)

History of Nebraska by Ronald C. Naugle and James C. Olson (University of Nebraska Press)

Nebraska: An Illustrated History by Frederick C. Luebke (Bison Books)

Nebraska Place Names by Lilian L. Fitzpatrick (University of Nebraska Press)

Original Land Transfen of Nebraska: How the West Was Almost Given Away by Russell C. Lang (Gateway Press)

Perkey’s Nebraska Place Names by Elton A. Perkey (J&L Lee Co.)

Ten Years in Burt County, Nebraska, 1900-1910 by Lee Deman (Gateway Press)

Organizations and Archives

Bureau of land Management, Wyoming State Office

5353 Yellowstone Road, Box 1828, Cheyenne, WY 82003, (307) 775-6256, <>

NARA Central Plains Region

2312 E. Bannister Road, Kansas City, MO 64131, (816) 268-8000, <>

Nebraska State Genealogical Society

Box 5608, Lincoln, NE 68505, <>


Nebraska State Historical Society

Library/Archives Division, 1500 R St., Lincoln, NE 68501, (402) 471-3270, <>

State of Nebraska Commission on Indian Affairs

State Capitol, Sixth Floor East, Box 94981, Lincoln, NE 68509, (402) 471-3475, <>
From the May 2008 Family Tree Magazine.

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