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The Daily Genealogist: Omaha Public Library

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Valerie Beaudrault

Valerie Beaudrault
Assistant Editor

Omaha Public Library, Nebraska

The city of Omaha is located in the eastern part of the state about midway along the Nebraska-Iowa border. It is the seat of Douglas County. On the genealogy page of the Omaha Public Library’s website are a number of unique online resources. Most of the following are projects of the Greater Omaha Genealogical Society. These include:

Omaha Births
This database comprises a list of births in Omaha extracted from area newspapers. In some cases, children were born in Omaha to families who lived in areas outside of Douglas County, including Iowa. Nebraska did not mandate the registration of births until 1910, making this information particularly valuable. The data fields in the database include name of parents, date, newspaper abbreviation, page number, and child’s name or sex, in cases where there is no given name for the child.

Omaha Obits
This index contains more than 120,000 obituaries and death notices extracted from pre-1977 Omaha newspapers. The database includes records that appeared in Omaha newspapers for individuals who lived within an hour to an hour and a half from the city. Civil War veterans from a further distance have also been included. The information has been drawn from obituaries, funeral stories, personal coverage, and death notices. The data provided includes name, age, date of publication, newspaper abbreviation, edition, page, and burial location, which is preceded by an @ symbol. There is a link to information on obtaining copies of the obituaries.

Marriage License Indexes for Douglas County, Nebraska
This link takes researchers to the Douglas County Clerk/Comptroller’s Office website, where you can search the county’s database of marriage license applications. Enter the name of the bride or groom into the search box. You must enter the full last name and at least the first letter of the first name. While the webpage states that only marriage licenses since 1988 are online, I found records with earlier dates listed in the Marriage License Archives section of the search results. The data fields include name, spouse name, marriage date, application date/year, and license number.


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