- Archival Collection search
The Archival Collection Database provides access to basic information on the Society's collections of manuscripts (papers of families and individuals, and records of businesses and organizations), photographs, moving images, and sound recordings.
- Library Catalog search
The library collection (books, maps, serials, and newspapers) includes over 50,000 titles of which over 40,000 are represented in this online catalog.
- Gazetteer Index, 1890 and 1911
A statewide place/name directory. Includes communities, businessess, and farmers directory.
- Nebraska Atlases / Plat Books
The NSHS library has a collection of over 500 county atlases or plat books and about 150 have been microfilmed. The approximate time period of these atlases and plat books is 1885 to the present. This database gives an accurate account of our holdings and helps researchers verify the existence of atlases/plat books for their years of interest.
- Nebraska Atlases / Plat Books Name Index
This database allows researchers to locate name references within the various Nebraska county atlases that are on microfilm.
- Nebraska City / County Directories
The NSHS library collects all available city/county directories for all communities and counties in the state. The coverage is from territorial days to within the last two years. This database gives an accurate account of our holdings and helps researchers verify the existence of these directories for town/county and years of interest.
- Nebraska Civil War Veterans
This database allows researchers to locate name references within the Civil War Veterans Indexes. The researcher may input a Last Name, First Name, Unit Served, GAR Unit Number, GAR Unit City, and/or GAR Unit County and will be given a listing of all the matching name index entries.
- Nebraska Department of Public Instruction Reports, 1861-1960
This database allows researchers to locate references within the reports.
- Nebraska History Index Search
- Nebraska: Name Index to Cancelled, Regected, and Relinquished Land Entry Files (National Archives website)
The National Archives' Central Plains Region (Kansas City) has a variety of guides, reference information papers, lists, and other finding aids. Those available online for Nebraska are listed.
- Nebraska Newspaper Indexes
Most of these newspaper indexes are card indexes or privately produced volumes at the Society Library. This database has grown to include indexes found in published material, other libraries within the state, as well as the worldwide web. It is an index of indexes. You can NOT look up a family name here.
- Nebraska . . . Our Towns (University of Nebraska database)
Historic information for over 600 Nebraska cities. Compiled by Jane Graff.
- Nebraska Government Records
By law, government records are public records. This database indexes federal, state, county, municipal, and special district records held in the Society Archives.
- Nebraska Prison Records, 1870-1990
This database allows researchers to locate name references within the Prison Records.
- Nebraska State Newspaper Project
This database has over 200,000 names indexed from Nebraska newspapers and is available at NEGenWeb website.
- Nebraska Telephone Directories
The NSHS library is the only library in the state that collects old phonebooks from towns, cities, or regions in Nebraska. The coverage is from the early 1900s to near the present. This database gives an accurate account of our holdings and helps researchers verify the existence of phonebooks for towns/cities and years of interest.
- Nebraska U.S. General Land Office Tract Books
Search homestead applications, proofs, final certificates, and supplemental information.
- Nebraska Statewide Cemetery Registry
This database needs your help! Your assistance will enhance this valuable tool. It will not go online in 2007 due to limited funding.
- Sherard's Nebraska Place Names
Find Nebraska Place Names researched by Jerry Sherard. From more than 25 sources and contains more than 3500 entries.
- WWI Draft Registration Cards: 1917-1918, Nebraska
Over 276,000 records, arranged by county
Westward Through Nebraska
"Selected electronic books (1867-1933) covering westward movement through Nebraska along the Oregon Trail and the Union Pacific rail lines."http://libr.unl.edu:2000/westward_through_nebraska/index.html
Online NebraskaDeath Indexes from Joel Beine
Nevada Department of Cultural Affairshttp://dmla.clan.lib.nv.us/docs/nsla/services/genealres.htm
Online Census Database Nevada is the first state to offer all of its federal manuscript census data online. Simple electronic indexes of names exist for some states, but the Nevada database is more comprehensive and allows for all sorts of research. Genealogists will immediately recognize the power of being able to request information on everyone bearing a certain last name. By browsing in the neighborhood of a specific entry, genealogists may learn of in-laws, of household servants, or of other aspects of a family’s living conditions. Those interested in understanding the past more generally will discover that it is possible to find information on diverse categories of people. For example, using this database one can identify all the widowed women supported by laundry work in Nevada in 1880. There are thousands of other possibilities. http://dmla.clan.lib.nv.us/docs/shpo/NVCENSUS/
The first records of Carson Valley, Utah Territory One hundred fifty years ago, there were three small non-Indian settlements in what became Nevada. One group of settlers arrived in Carson Valley on June 6, 1851 from the Salt Lake area of Utah Territory. This "Publick Record" was used to record all legal transactions between November 12, 1851 and March 5, 1855. Recordings included land surveys, claims, mortgages, and sales; toll road licenses; applications for attachments; performance/payment bonds; and legal judgments. They document the settlement of the Carson Valley. http://dmla.clan.lib.nv.us/docs/nsla/archives/1record/
Cemeteries / Deaths / Obituaries
Churchill County Cemetery Database (Fallon Cemetery)http://www.rootsweb.com/~nvchurch/cemindex/
Mineral County Death Index (includes records from Esmeralda and Nye counties)http://members.tripod.com/Cactusgems_Garden/mineralcountydeathindex.htm
Nevada Appeal [Carson City] Obituary Index 1996 - 2006http://dmla.clan.lib.nv.us/docs/nsla/services/obituaries/obituaries.htm
As of September 2007 UNR has 21 digital collections. This link takes you to the main page. http://contentdm.library.unr.edu/ Here are some of the individual collections.
- Sagebrush Vernacular is an exhibition of 120 photographs of rural Nevada architecture. http://www.library.unr.edu/specoll/photoweb/barns/
- Nevada in Maps The original focus of the digital map site was a collection of historic maps of Nevada presenting topographic, geologic, and mining themes which are not found in total in any of these institutions. Many of these maps are over 100 years old, deteriorating, rare, not cataloged and, therefore, not readily available or even known to all the potential patrons in Nevada. There are now over 4,000 maps and atlases on this site with many more to be added.http://www.delamare.unr.edu/maps/digitalcollections/nvmaps/
- Nevada History in Maps : another collection of historic maps dating from 1750 into the 20th century. This set of maps depicts the western discovery and settlement of Nevada.http://www.delamare.unr.edu/maps/digitalcollections/nvhistory/Default.htm
Nevada Agricultural Publications Publications spanning the history of the University of Nevada, Reno, 1888 to presenthttp://www.library.unr.edu/subjects/guides/range/nvagpubs.html
Online Nevada Death Indexes from Joel Beine
New Hampshire State Archives http://www.sos.nh.gov/archives/
The New Hampshire History Bookshelf is a joint project of the University of New Hampshire Library and New Hampshire Division of Archives and Records Management. The State Archives generated the original scans for such important sources as the New Hampshire Provincial and State Papers and the Revised Register of the Soldiers and Sailors of New Hampshire in the War of the Rebellion, 1861-1866. http://www.library.unh.edu/diglib/bookshelf/
State and Provincial Papers of New Hampshire. Known variously as the State Papers, Provincial Papers, or by its component parts: Revolutionary Rolls, Town Papers, Town Chartersand Masonian Papers, Probate Records, and Court Records, this forty volume set is formally cited as Nathaniel Bouton, et al., eds. Documents and Records Relating to New Hampshire, 1623-1800. Individual volumes were published in Concord, Manchester, Nashua and Bristol, New Hampshire between 1867 and 1943. The State Papers set represents the largest and most important accumulation of published documents from the settlement of New Hampshire to the year 1800. http://www.library.unh.edu/diglib/bookshelf/NHPapers/
New Hampshire town and local histories provide an invaluable source for information about the history, development, and genealogy of the Granite State. The local histories, historical publication, and ephemera contained herein are an open access resource for researchers and students. http://www.library.unh.edu/diglib/bookshelf/histories/
Augustus Ayling’s Revised Register of the Soldiers and Sailors of New Hampshire in the War of the Rebellion, 1861–1866. (Concord, NH: 1895). The Revised Register is an important resource for anyone interested in New Hampshire’s involvement in the American Civil War. The original publication was a somewhat fragile, oversized volume containing over twelve hundred pages of information on New Hampshire residents who served in the Civil War.http://www.library.unh.edu/diglib/bookshelf/ayling/
Historic USGS Maps of New England & New York The United States Geological Survey began its topographic atlas of the United States in 1882. This online collection of over 1500 USGS topographic maps includes complete geographical coverage of New England and New York from the 1890s to 1950s.http://www.library.unh.edu/diglib/Topos/USGStopos.htm
Online New Hampshire Death Indexes from Joel Beine
New Jersey State Archives The State Archives operates New Jersey's
research center for public records of enduring historical value.
New Jersey Supreme Court database consists of roughly 65,000 entries indexing cases heard by the Supreme Court of New Jersey during the time period 1704-1844. Currently, all cases are indexed by plaintiff and defendant. http://www.state.nj.us/state/darm/links/supremedb.html
Index to Marriage Records, 1666-1799*The index may be searched by the name of the bride and/or groom, their place of residence, and/or the year of marriage.http://www.state.nj.us/state/darm/links/marriagedb.html
Index to Marriage Records, 1848-1867 The State of New Jersey required filing of marriage records at the state level beginning 1 May 1848. This database indexes marriage returns filed with the Secretary of State for the period May 1848 through 31 May 1867. https://wwwnet1.state.nj.us/DOS/Admin/ArchivesDBPortal/Default.aspx
Over 3,000 images from New Jersey State Archives photograph and manuscript collection are online. This link will take you to the main page where you may choose a collection. http://www.state.nj.us/state/darm/links/imgcollections.html - service
Online New Jersey Death Indexes from Joel Beine
The New Mexico Office of the State Historian is a division within the State Records Center and Archives. The mission of the Office of the State Historian is to lead in advancing an understanding and appreciation of New Mexico’s history and culture.http://www.nmcpr.state.nm.us/state_historian/state_historian.htm
The Photo Archives of the Palace of the Governors contains an estimated 750,000 items including historic photographic prints, cased photographs, glass plate negatives, film negatives, stereographs, photo postcards, panoramas, color transparencies, and lantern slides. This important collection includes material of regional and national significance, dating from approximately 1850 to the present, covering subject matter that focuses on the history and people of New Mexico and the expansion of the West; anthropology, archaeology, and ethnology of Hispanic and Native American cultures; and smaller collections documenting Europe, Latin America, the Far East, Oceana, and the Middle East.http://econtent.unm.edu/cdm4/indexpg.php
Online New Mexico Death Indexes from Joel Beine
New York State Archive Digital Collections provide a gateway to a variety of rich primary source materials held by the State Archives, State Library, and State Museum. Through the collection, you can access photographs, textual materials, artifacts, government documents, manuscripts, and other materials. http://www.archives.nysed.gov/d/
Some of these resources have been developed as part of special projects or initiatives, thereby bringing together the rich resources around a topical theme.
Images documenting the history of Barnard College and Columbia University and New York City, 17th century-present. Highlights include images of campus buildings, photographs of 1968 campus protests, manuscript maps of New York City. Other images document New York City maritime history, New York City landmarks, and noted New York residents. http://beatl.barnard.columbia.edu/imagearchive/index.htm
This digital project consists of over 550,000 pages from 22 different newspapers published in the cities and towns of Northern New York. The project includes local newspapers as well as Native American publications. The collection is full-text searchable and was scanned from microfilm versions of the newspapers. http://news.nnyln.net/index.html
Digitized images of 175 historical postcards depicting buildings in Syracuse, Onondaga County parks, the Syracuse University campus, activities at the New York State Fair, salt production, transportation, area lakes, rivers, and streams, and weather disasters that beset central New York State. http://lsb.syr.edu/projects/postcards/index.html
Aerial shots taken in the 1920s and 1951 of Erie County. Created by the Erie County Depatment of Public Works Division of Highways.http://www.erie.gov/depts/community/highways_aerial.phtml
Images and documents highlighting Cuban students who learned to play baseball while at Fordham (ca. 1860-1900) and then helped to popularize the game in Cuba.http://www.library.fordham.edu/cubanbaseball/Main.html
The first documents to be digitized were 6,500 pages kept locked in FDR's White House safe that were known as the Safe Files . Also digitized: those portions of the Diplomatic Files pertaining to U.S.-Vatican relations during World War II, the Vatican Files ; German Diplomatic Files , concerning U.S. relations with Germany in the 1930s and 40s; British Diplomatic Files , on Anglo-American relations. Altogether there are 13,000 pages which can be viewed in both original and text format.
Evans Library, Kenneth R. Dorn Regional History Collection
Images from Fulton and Montgomery County repositories (Johnstown City Historian, Johnstown Historical Society, Johnstown Public Library, The Montgomery County Archives, Fulton County Museum) showing area landmarks, social gatherings, and newsworthy events.http://fmphotoarchives.org/
Combines songs, historic information, post cards, panoramic photos, maps and community profiles to create a comprehensive multimedia package about the canal and its national impact. Epodunk http://www.epodunk.com/routes/erie-canal/index.html
This website is a collection of stories and primary sources (including pictures, newspaper articles, letters, and diaries) about the underground railway in Oswego County. http://www.oswego.edu/ugrr/
includes many useful links, including some to Cemetery, Marriage, Baptismal, Will, and Church Records. http://longislandgenealogy.com/
In preparation for Niagara University's upcoming 150th Anniversary celebration, the Library is digitizing archival materials that document the history of the University:
19th century course catalogs, mid-20th century photographs of the campus, and a 1945 image of the U.S.S. Niagara Victory. http://www.niagara.edu/library/nuhist/nuhis.html
Material augmenting the PBS documentary, including: excerpts from Ida Tarbell's celebrated 1905 expose of John D. Rockefeller Sr.'s business practices; accounts of the 1914 Ludlow Massacre and its impact on the Rockefeller family; and oral history interviews with two men who played key roles during the 1971 riot at the Attica Correctional Facility. The accompanying teacher's guide contains letters between John D. Rockefeller Sr. and John D. Rockefeller Jr. documenting the latter's philanthropic activities. http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/amex/rockefellers/
Material supplementing the PBS documentary, including: postcards, photographs, and moving pictures documenting Coney Island amusement parks, capsule biographies of amusement park founders and other pivotal figures, and a brief history of the economic and cultural factors that first gave rise to Coney Island's amusement parks and later caused their decline.http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/amex/coney/index.html
Library of Congress, American Memory
Twenty-six photographs detailing the activities of high-rise construction workers and the structural foundations of the Empire State Building. Also includes a capsule biography of Hine, who saw documentary photography as a vehicle for social reform.http://www.nypl.org/research/chss/spe/art/photo/hinex/empire/empire.html
More than 112,000 black-and-white and 1,600 color photographs taken by Farm Security Administration and Office of War Information personnel. More than a thousand document life in New York State communities. The images show Americans at home, at work, and at play, with an emphasis on rural and small-town life and the adverse effects of the Great Depression, the Dust Bowl, and increasing farm mechanization. http://memory.loc.gov/ammem/fsowhome.html
Transcripts of thousands of oral history interviews, four hundred of which document various aspects of Depression-era New York City life: African-American Pullman porters and dining car workers, African-American religious leader Father Divine, Yiddish folk stories and songs, Irish-, German-, Polish-, and Russian-American folk beliefs and customs, and the religious beliefs and work experiences of a wide array of New Yorkers.http://memory.loc.gov/ammem/wpaintro/wpahome.html
This site contains a wide selection of on-line exhibits, images (photographs, postcards, maps), articles, and related links on the history and culture of Buffalo, NY and its surroundings.http://www.buffalohistoryworks.com/
Images of buildings on the RPI campus, aerial pictures of the campus, and businesses, parks, public buildings, and schools in Troy. http://www.lib.rpi.edu/dept/library/html/Archives/gallery/postcards/postcards.html
Rochester Regional Library Council, chronicles women and men in the five-county Rochester region who championed women's right to vote. The website features biographical sketches of 35 suffragists, a summary of the suffrage movement, timelines of local and national events, and links to related resources. http://www.winningthevote.org/
A collection of digitized images that includes photographs and engravings of African American life in New York City, Syracuse, Buffalo, the Hudson Valley, and elsewhere. Several images are of James W. Smith, the West Point cadet court-martialed in 1871.http://digital.nypl.org/schomburg/images_aa19/
African American Women Writers of the 19th Century is a digital collection of some 52 published works by 19th-century black women writers. It includes Harriet Jacobs's Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl, as Told by Herself. Jacobs escaped from slavery and lived in New York City for a number of years. http://digital.nypl.org/schomburg/writers_aa19/
Contains brief excerpts from videotaped oral history interviews with twenty-one musicians who played with Armstrong. http://www.nypl.org/research/sc/scl/MULTIMED/multimed.html
Sojourner Truth Library
Over 400 postcards chronicling the development of New Paltz from the late 19th century to the present. Includes images documenting the evolution of the college, the Village of New Paltz, and the Huguenot Street National Historic District. Finding aid for the collection also available. http://lib.newpaltz.edu/banner/archives/postcards.html
This website was created to facilitate access to information about an important figure in American history. Gerrit Smith was a leader of anti-slavery activities in Syracuse, and nationally. http://library.syr.edu/digital/exhibits/g/GerritSmith/index.htm
The database containing over photographs related to the history of University at Albany buildings and construction on the Uptown Campus and students from the classes of 1874-1950. The database can be searched by keyword, subject term, or photographer and a browseable list of subject terms is also available. http://library.albany.edu/speccoll/photocollection/welcome.htm
Approximately 100 letters written by or sent to abolitionist leader Douglass; images of Douglass, his friends, and the Rochester statue erected in his honor; and capsule biographies of Douglass and his associates. http://www.library.rochester.edu/index.cfm?page=2494
A snapshot of Civil War era in Westchester (government and private records) from the early 1860's through the post-war period that includes politics, the history of the county's soldiers both black and white, the lives of African Americans, the lives of women, the relationship of Abraham Lincoln to the county, and the veteran experience following the war.http://www.westchesterarchives.com/CW/default.htm
Contains photographs, scanned documents, transcriptions, and text relating to the Women's Right Movement including the Convention, the participants, related events, and the Convention and the Underground Railroad. http://www.nps.gov/archive/wori/home.htm
Brooklyn Daily Eagle Online! is the full text of the Brooklyn Eagle from 1841 to 1902 available online. This is a massive project, digitalizing approximately 147,000 pages of newspaper. Access can be gained either by date of issue or by keyword searching. The site provides access to important primary source material and includes obituaries, marriage notices, society, gossip, lists of war casualties, and everyday news items.http://www.brooklynpubliclibrary.org/eagle/
Rochester History is a journal that covers the history of Rochester and western New York. All articles are available on-line - from 1939 to the present. To view the articles, you need the Adobe Acrobat Reader installed on your computer. http://www2.libraryweb.org/index.asp?orgid=92&storyTypeID=&sid=&
American Shores: Maps of the Middle Atlantic Region to 1850
New York Public Library digital collection of historic maps.http://www.nypl.org/research/midatlantic/
NYPL Picture Collection Online
New York Public Library's digitized collection of 30,000 images from "books, magazines and newspapers as well as original photographs, prints and postcards."http://digital.nypl.org/mmpco/
The Colonial Albany Social History Project was formed in 1981 to understand community life in early America by studying the contributions of the every person who lived in the city of Albany during its formative years. The project has in-progress intensive, biographical studies of each of the 16,000 diverse individuals who founded and built the city of Albany.http://www.nysm.nysed.gov/albany/
NewYorkHeritage.org is a research portal for students, educators, historians, genealogists, and others who are interested in learning more about the people, places and institutions of historical New York State. The site provides immediate free access to more than 160 distinct digital collections that reflect New York State's long history. These collections represent a broad range of historical, scholarly, and cultural materials held in libraries, museums, and archives throughout the state. Collection items include photographs, letters, diaries, directories, maps, newspapers, books, and more. .http://www.newyorkheritage.org
Old Postcard collection from Fulton County http://www.fultonhistory.com/ This site is written in Flash and has both background music and animations.
Church records from Rochester Genealogical Society http://nyrgs.org/churchRecordImages/chRecIndex.htm
Online New York Death Indexes from Joel Beine
North Carolina Collection photographic archives total more than 400,000 images that include examples of all major formats from the daguerreotype of the 1840s to the contemporary. The photographs are historically descriptive and documentary in nature. They provide a visual record of North Carolina's people, places, and events. Files exist for all 100 of the state's counties. http://www.lib.unc.edu/ncc/photos.html
North Carolina State Archives Online Projects - This link takes you to the main page where you can choose any of the online collections.
The mission of the North Carolina Office of Archives and History is to collect, preserve, and utilize the state's historic resources. This site acts as a gateway to many other North Carolina Sites. http://www.ah.dcr.state.nc.us/
Doughboys & Camp Greene: Mecklenburg County, NC. 1917-1918 World War I Mecklenburg County draft registration cards, photographs and images about World War I, Camp Greene and Charlotte, North Carolina, during "The Great War." These records plus numerous other sources create a name searchable database to help historians and genealogists learn more about men and women who served in the military, registered for the draft or performed other patriotic duties in Mecklenburg County http://www.cmstory.org/ww1/
Index of Obituaries Published in The Hickory Daily Record 1915 - 1963 http://www.ci.hickory.nc.us/library/genealogy/Obits/HDRObits.htm
Known Cemeteries and Burial Records of Mecklenburg County This online exhibit offers an index of local cemeteries, a directory of local funeral homes, burial records, family data and information about local stone cutters. http://www.cmstory.org/cemetery/search.asp
The Cherokee Nation of Indians published some 260 issues of a national newspaper under the titles Cherokee Phoenix and Cherokee Phoenix, and Indians' Advocate from 1828 to 1834. http://library.wcu.edu/CherokeePhoenix/
Johnston County Historical Manuscript and Image Archives includes some of the most historically significant collections of manuscripts, photographs, and artifacts in the Johnston County Heritage, including census records 1860 - 1920, Marriage bonds 1779-1867, Obituaries 1885 - present, newspaper headlines 1885 - 2003, slave marriage index, and slave name index.
Digital Durham Digitized primary sources relating to the economic, social, cultural, and political history of post-bellum Durham, NC, from the 1870s to the 1920s.http://library.duke.edu/specialcollections/collections/digitized/index.html
Sampson County Register of Deeds has all of their old deeds online: http://www.sampsonrod.org/ that is searchable.
Stokes County Register of Deeds, also online and searchable: http://www.co.stokes.nc.us/deeds/
Online Indiana Death Indexes from Joel Beine
Public Death Index from the North Dakota Department of Health. Searchable index from 1881 through 2005 https://secure.apps.state.nd.us/doh/certificates/deathCertSearch.htm
Northern Great Plain: Photographs from the Hultstrand and Pazandak collections
"900 photographs of rural and small town life at the turn of the century. Highlights include images of sod homes and the people who built them; images of farms and the machinery that made them prosper; and images of one-room schools and the children that were educated in them." http://memory.loc.gov/ammem/award97/ndfahtml/ngphome.html
State Historical Society of North Dakota is the official state archives, and acquires and preserves all types of research materials relating to North Dakota and the Northern Great Plains, including manuscript collections, books, periodicals, maps, newspapers, audio and video materials, and photographs. http://www.nd.gov/hist/sal.htmOnline North Dakota Death Indexes from Joel Beinehttp://www.deathindexes.com/northdakota/index.html