Interested in your family’s history and want to start digging into it? In Omaha, there is no better place to start looking than the downtown branch of your Omaha Public Library.
Click here to see a comprehensive list of resources and services available to you. Here’s just a taste of what you’ll find:
- HeritageQuest Online – search census images, books, PERSI, Revolutionary War records,and more
- Ancestry Library Edition (access available only inside the library) – search over 5 billion names contained in the U.S. Federal Census, England and Wales Census Collection, Parish and Probate Records, and Family & Local History Collections
- Omaha births, obits, marriage information
- Census information from all 50 states
- Federal documents, indexes
Another cool aspect of the Library’s Genealogy department is this. Each month (often more than once a month), the Library’s Genealogy staff schedules seminars and Webinars that help amateur genealogists organize their research, spread family news, and connect with other genealogists. For example, the next seminar teaches you how to set up a genealogy blog so all your family can see the results of your searches and post info they’ve found. The link above is a schedule of events for upcoming seminars.
Want more info or convincing that Omaha’s Public Libraries are the place to start searching for your bloodline? Check out this Genealogy guide put together by librarians at the W. Dale Clark downtown branch. Search by the state, search by ethnicities, periods of history, in newspapers, and even records concerning adoptions, orphanages, and military service. You’ve really got to go and start digging to appreciate the amount of tools the Library makes available to its users.
Got a reference question about Genealogy (or anything Library related)? Try the Library’s Genealogy form or email questions to firstname.lastname@example.org