Nebraska is right in the center of the country, and this position is what allowed so many people migrating around the country to pass through, and even to settle down. This is a state with an interesting history, and one in which genealogists can find a lot of strong material. We will look briefly at the ways to best seek out information for Nebraska genealogy projects, and identify some of the best resources in the state
Towards the end of the 17th century French fur traders came to Nebraska for the first time. Eastern Nebraska was part of the 1803 Louisiana Purchase. It was explored from 1804 to 1806 by Lewis and Clark.
Then, from 1812 to 1813, the Oregon Trail was blazed across the region by Robert Stuart. However, it wasn’t until 1823 that the first permanent settlement was created by white settlers at Bellevue.
In 1848, after the Mexican War, a treaty was signed giving the western part of Nebraska to the United States. In 1865, Omaha became the site of the Union Pacific’s transcontinental railroad project. As of 1937, Nebraska was the only state that , had a one-house legislature. It’s members were and still are elected without any division of parties.
Nebraska Counties – The Nebraska Territory, was organized on May 30, 1854. The State of Nebraska was created as the 37th state on March 1, 1867. States that border Nebraska are Colorado, Iowa, Nebraska, Missouri, South Dakota and Wyoming.