Greater Omaha Genealogical Society

Resources for Genealogical Research

Educational Resources
National Genealogical Society – Genealogy Resources (free)
Legacy Family Tree Webinars (free and $$)
Family Search Research Wiki (free)
FamilySearch Classes and Webinars
Unpuzzling Your Past: The Best-Selling Bsic Guide to Genealogy. Fourth Edition by Emily Anne Croom.
The Family Tree Problem Solver: Tried-and-True Tactics for Tracing Elusive Ancestors Third Edition by Marsha Hoffman Rising.
Local Resources 
The Omaha Public Library is an excellent source of materials for genealogists.  OPL has numerous online databases (some accessible only with a library card) and digitized collections.  The genealogy collection includes an obituary newspaper card file, early Omaha births and deaths, and Douglas County marriages on microfilm.  Requests for copies are accepted.
The Douglas County Health Department has records for births and deaths in Douglas County.  State-wide registration did not begin until 1904, although Douglas County has some earlier records (see Omaha Public Library).  
The County Clerk's Office has marriage records from 1856 to present. An online index contains current (>1988) marriages.  Directions for  requests for copies are contained on the website.
State-wide registration of divorces began in 1909.  The Clerk of the District Court has copies which can be requested.
The Probate Division of the County Court handles probate records and estates, as well as guardianships and conservancies.
Nebraska DHHS Office of Vital Records has birth and death records from 1904, and marriage and divorce records from 1909. 
  • Genealogy Information 
  • State Regulations:  3-004.06 Genealogical Use: Use of a certificate of birth and death by a person engaged in genealogical research:   
    • 3-004.06A Upon proof of identity of the applicant when the person whose certificate is requested has been deceased for 50 or more years; or
    • 3-004.06B Upon proof of identity of the applicant and written consent of the registrant or a member of registrant's family when the registrant is alive or has been deceased less than 50 years.
Access other Omaha-area Marriage, Divorce, Anniversary, Birth, Death and Obituary records here at our old Wordpress web site.

Beginning Genealogy Resources

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