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Before 1900 the largest religious groups in [[Portal:Nebraska|Nebraska]] were the Roman Catholic, Methodist Episcopal, Lutheran, and Presbyterian churches.  
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The Nebraska State Historical Library has an extensive collection of Protestant church records. These are listed in the Guide to the Manuscript Division of the State Archives (see the Archives and Libraries section). For a fee, the staff will check the records if you provide the exact name and location of the church and the date and nature of the information desired.
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The Family History Library has very few church records from Nebraska. It has microfilms of some Presbyterian records, such as session minutes, baptisms, and membership rolls. The library also has DAR transcripts of some other denominations' records.  
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Before 1900 the largest religious groups in [[Nebraska|Nebraska]] were the Roman Catholic, Methodist Episcopal, Lutheran, and Presbyterian churches.<ref>Sydney E. Ahlstrom, ''A Religious History of the American People'' (New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Press, 1972). {{FHL|282712|item|disp=FHL Book 973 K2ah}}.</ref>
  
You can write to the following addresses to learn where their records are located:  
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The [http://www.nebraskahistory.org/ Nebraska State Historical Library] has an extensive collection of Protestant church records. These are listed in the reference leaflet [http://www.nebraskahistory.org/lib-arch/research/manuscripts/church/index.htm Nebraska Church Records at the Nebraska State Historical Society].&nbsp; Library research services are [http://www.nebraskahistory.org/lib-arch/services/refrence/fees_duplication_access.pdf fee-based].&nbsp; Some materials are available for loan via Interlibrary Loan through your local public library.&nbsp;
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The [https://familysearch.org/search/search/library_catalog#searchType=catalog&filtered=true&fed=false&collectionId=&catSearchType=place&searchCriteria=&placeName=Nebraska&author_givenName=&author_surname=&subjectCountTotal=160 Family History Library] has very few church records from Nebraska. It has microfilms of some Presbyterian records, such as session minutes, baptisms, and membership rolls. The library also has DAR transcripts of some other denominations' records.<br>
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=== The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormons)  ===
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Early Nebraska ward and branch records are available on microfilm at the Family History Library in Salt Lake City. Find film numbers by searching the [https://www.familysearch.org/#form=catalog Family History Library Catalog], or by refering to Jaussi, Laureen R., and Gloria D. Chaston. ''Register of Genealogical Society Call Numbers.'' 2 vols. Provo, Utah: Genealogy Tree, 1982. (FHL book 979.2258 A3j; fiche 6031507). These volumes contain the film numbers for many (but not all) membership and temple records.
  
 
=== Lutheran  ===
 
=== Lutheran  ===
  
Archives of the Nebraska Synod<br>4980 South 118 Street, Suite D<br>Omaha, NE 68137-2220<br>Telephone: 402-896-5311<br>Fax: 402-896-5354<br>E-mail: [mailto:nebsynod@aol.com office@nebraskasynod.org]  
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Archives of the [http://site.nebraskasynod.org/ Nebraska Synod]<br>4980 South 118 Street, Suite D<br>Omaha, NE 68137-2220<br>Phone: (402) 896-5311<br>Fax: (402) 896-5354<br>E-mail: [mailto:nebsynod@aol.com office@nebraskasynod.org]  
  
Early congregations and pioneers are described in Charles F. Sandahl, ''The Nebraska Conference of the Augustana Synod''. (n.p.: Nebraska Conference, 1931; Family History Library [http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=titlefilmnotes&columns=*%2C0%2C0&titleno=359382&disp=The+Nebraska+Conference+of+the+Augustana++ film 1036240 item 3]).
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Early congregations and pioneers are described in Charles F. Sandahl, ''The Nebraska Conference of the Augustana Synod''. (n.p.: Nebraska Conference, 1931); {{FHL|359382|item}} film 1036240 item 3  
  
[http://www.odessa3.org/collections/churches/ Odessa3.org] - This site contains German-Russian emigrant ancestry in pocket settlements in mid-west states of North Dakota, South Dakota and Nebraska . Contains transcribed minutes of meetings, membership lists (some with parentage listed), birth, deaths, and marriages.]
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Abstracts of records relating to German immigrants can be found in:
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*[http://www.pictonpress.com/store/show/3360 ''German Immigrants in Nebraska Protestant Church Records''].
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[http://www.odessa3.org/collections/churches/ Odessa3.org] - This site contains German-Russian emigrant ancestry in pocket settlements in mid-west states of North Dakota, South Dakota and Nebraska . Contains transcribed minutes of meetings, membership lists (some with parentage listed), birth, deaths, and marriages.  
  
 
=== Methodist  ===
 
=== Methodist  ===
  
Nebraska Wesleyan University<br>Historical Archives United Methodist Church<br>5000 St. Paul Avenue<br>Lincoln, NE 68504<br>Telephone: 402-465-2400<br>Fax: 402-465-2189  
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Nebraska Wesleyan University<br>Historical Archives United Methodist Church<br>5000 St. Paul Avenue<br>Lincoln, NE 68504<br>Phone: (402) 465-2400<br>Fax: (402) 465-2189  
  
United Methodist Historical Center<br>Nebraska Conference<br>P.O. Box 4553<br>Lincoln, NE 68504-0553<br>Telephone: 402-465-2175  
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United Methodist Historical Center<br>Nebraska Conference<br>P.O. Box 4553<br>Lincoln, NE 68504-0553<br>Phone: (402) 465-2175  
  
 
=== Presbyterian  ===
 
=== Presbyterian  ===
  
[http://www.history.pcusa.org/ Presbyterian Historical Society]<br>United Presbyterian Church in the U.S.<br>425 Lombard Street<br>Philadelphia, PA 19147<br>Telephone: 215-627-1852<br>Fax: 215-627-0509  
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[http://www.history.pcusa.org/ Presbyterian Historical Society]<br>United Presbyterian Church in the U.S.<br>425 Lombard Street<br>Philadelphia, PA 19147<br>Phone: (215) 627-1852<br>Fax: (215) 627-0509  
  
[http://www.history.pcusa.org/collect/halls.html Hall's Index of American Presbyterian Congregations] briefly summarizes information published as part of General Assembly minutes, annual denomination yearbooks, and related sources. The index contains the organization and dissolution dates of churches, denomination and location changes, mergers, etc. Search Hall's Index to see if a Presbyterian congregation existed in a town or city, and then search [http://www.history.pcusa.org/databases/calvin/ CALVIN], the on-line catalog, to learn what registers, minutes, and other records are available in the Presbyterian Historical Society Archives.<br>
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[http://www.history.pcusa.org/collections/hiapc2.cfm Hall's Index of American Presbyterian Congregations] briefly summarizes information published as part of General Assembly minutes, annual denomination yearbooks, and related sources. The index contains the organization and dissolution dates of churches, denomination and location changes, mergers, etc. Search Hall's Index to see if a Presbyterian congregation existed in a town or city, and then search [http://www.history.pcusa.org/databases/calvin/ CALVIN], the on-line catalog, to learn what registers, minutes, and other records are available in the Presbyterian Historical Society Archives.<br>  
  
 
=== Roman Catholic  ===
 
=== Roman Catholic  ===
  
Chancery Office<br>[http://www.archomaha.org/ Archdiocese of Omaha]<br>100 North 62 Street<br>Omaha, NE 68132-2795<br>Telephone: 402-558-3100<br>Fax: 402-558-3026  
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[http://www.gidiocese.org/ Diocese of Grand Island]<br>P.O. Box 153<br>2708 Old Fair Road<br>Grand Isle, NE 68802<br>Phone: (800) 652-0004
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There are no records at the above site.
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The diocese includes the counties of: [[Arthur County, Nebraska|Arthur]], [[Banner County, Nebraska|Banner]], [[Blaine County, Nebraska|Blaine]], [[Box Butte County, Nebraska|Box Butte]], [[Brown County, Nebraska|Brown]], [[Buffalo County, Nebraska|Buffalo]], [[Cherry County, Nebraska|Cherry]], [[Cheyenne County, Nebraska|Cheyenne]], [[Custer County, Nebraska|Custer]], [[Dawes County, Nebraska|Dawes]], [[Dawson County, Nebraska|Dawson]], [[Deuel County, Nebraska|Deuel]], [[Garden County, Nebraska|Garden]], [[Garfield County, Nebraska|Garfield]] [[Grant County, Nebraska|Grant]], [[Greeley County, Nebraska|Greeley]], [[Hall County, Nebraska|Hall]], [[Hooker County, Nebraska|Hooker]], [[Howard County, Nebraska|Howard]], [[Keith County, Nebraska|Keith]], [[Keya Paha County, Nebraska|Keya Paha]], [[Kimball County, Nebraska|Kimball]], [[Lincoln County, Nebraska|Lincoln]], [[Logan County, Nebraska|Logan]], [[Loup County, Nebraska|Loup]], [[McPherson County, Nebraska|McPherson]] , [[Morrill County, Nebraska|Morrill]], [[Rock County, Nebraska|Rock]], [[Scotts Bluff County, Nebraska|Scotts Bluff]], [[Sheridan County, Nebraska|Sheridan]], [[Sherman County, Nebraska|Sherman]], [[Sioux County, Nebraska|Sioux]], [[Thomas County, Nebraska|Thomas]], [[Valley County, Nebraska|Valley]] and [[Wheeler County, Nebraska|Wheeler]].<ref name="rome">[http://www.cdeducation.org/oym/connections/dioceseusmap.htm Map of the Roman Catholic Dioceses in the United States of America], Office of Catholic Schools Diocese of Columbus, accessed 3 Nov 2010.</ref>
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[http://www.dioceseoflincoln.org/Archives/directory_archives-museums.aspx Diocese of Lincoln]<br>P.O. Box 80328<br>Lincoln, NE 68501-0328<br>Phone: (402) 488-0921
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The diocese includes the counties of: [[Adams County, Nebraska|Adams]], [[Butler County, Nebraska|Butler]], [[Cass County, Nebraska|Cass]], [[Chase County, Nebraska|Chase]], [[Clay County, Nebraska|Clay]], [[Dawson County, Nebraska|Dawson]], [[Dundy County, Nebraska|Dundy]], [[Fillmore County, Nebraska|Fillmore]], [[Franklin County, Nebraska|Franklin]], [[Frontier County, Nebraska|Frontier]], [[Furnas County, Nebraska|Furnas]], [[Hamilton County, Nebraska|Hamilton]], [[Harlan County, Nebraska|Harlan]], [[Hayes County, Nebraska|Hayes]], [[Hitchcock County, Nebraska|Hitchcock]], [[Jefferson County, Nebraska|Jefferson]], [[Johnson County, Nebraska|Johnson]], [[Kearney County, Nebraska|Kearney]], [[Keith County, Nebraska|Keith]], [[Lancaster County, Nebraska|Lancaster]], [[Lincoln County, Nebraska|Lincoln]], [[Nemaha County, Nebraska|Nemaha]], [[Nuckolls County, Nebraska|Nuckolls]], [[Otoe County, Nebraska|Otoe]], [[Pawnee County, Nebraska|Pawnee]], [[Perkins County, Nebraska|Perkins]], [[Phelps County, Nebraska|Phelps]], [[Polk County, Nebraska|Polk]], [[Red Willow County, Nebraska|Red Willow]], [[Saline County, Nebraska|Saline]], [[Richardson County, Nebraska|Richardson]], [[Saunders County, Nebraska|Saunders]], [[Seward County, Nebraska|Seward]], [[Thayer County, Nebraska|Thayer]], [[Webster County, Nebraska|Webster]] and [[York County, Nebraska|York]].<ref name="rome" />
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Chancery Office<br>[http://www.archomaha.org/ Archdiocese of Omaha]<br>100 North 62 Street<br>Omaha, NE 68132-2795<br>Phone: (402) 558-3100<br>Fax: (402) 558-3026  
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For a helpful history see Henry Weber Casper, ''History of the Catholic Church in Nebraska'', Three Volumes (Milwaukee, Wisconsin: Catholic Life Pub., 1960-66); {{FHL|193714|item}} book 978.2 K2c.&nbsp; A brief [http://www.newadvent.org/cathen/11249b.htm History of the Archidiocese of Omaha] is available as part of the [http://www.newadvent.org/cathen/ Catholic Encyclopedia]. <br>
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The Archdiocese includes the counties of: Antelope, [[Boone County, Nebraska|Boone]], [[Boyd County, Nebraska|Boyd]], [[Burt County, Nebraska|Burt]], [[Cedar County, Nebraska|Cedar]], [[Colfax County, Nebraska|Colfax]], [[Cuming County, Nebraska|Cuming]], [[Dakota County, Nebraska|Dakota]], [[Dixon County, Nebraska|Dixon]], [[Dodge County, Nebraska|Dodge]], [[Douglas County, Nebraska|Douglas]], [[Holt County, Nebraska|Holt]], [[Knox County, Nebraska|Knox]], [[Madison County, Nebraska|Madison]], [[Merrick County, Nebraska|Merrick]], [[Nance County, Nebraska|Nance]], [[Pierce County, Nebraska|Pierce]], [[Platte County, Nebraska|Platte]], [[Sarpy County, Nebraska|Sarpy]], [[Stanton County, Nebraska|Stanton]], [[Thurston County, Nebraska|Thurston]], [[Washington County, Nebraska|Washington]] and [[Wayne County, Nebraska|Wayne]].<ref name="rome" />
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For a helpful history see Henry Weber Casper, ''History of the Catholic Church in Nebraska'', Three Volumes. (Milwaukee, Wisconsin: Catholic Life Pub., 1960-66; Family History Library [http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=titledetails&titleno=193714&disp=History+of+the+Catholic+Church+in+Nebras%20%20&columns=*,0,0 book 978.2 K2c]).&nbsp; A brief [http://www.newadvent.org/cathen/11249b.htm History of the Archidiocese of Omaha] is available as part of the [http://www.newadvent.org/cathen/ Catholic Encyclopedia]. <br>
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Before 1900 the largest religious groups in Nebraska were the Roman Catholic, Methodist Episcopal, Lutheran, and Presbyterian churches.[1]

The Nebraska State Historical Library has an extensive collection of Protestant church records. These are listed in the reference leaflet Nebraska Church Records at the Nebraska State Historical Society.  Library research services are fee-based.  Some materials are available for loan via Interlibrary Loan through your local public library. 

The Family History Library has very few church records from Nebraska. It has microfilms of some Presbyterian records, such as session minutes, baptisms, and membership rolls. The library also has DAR transcripts of some other denominations' records.

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormons)

Early Nebraska ward and branch records are available on microfilm at the Family History Library in Salt Lake City. Find film numbers by searching the Family History Library Catalog, or by refering to Jaussi, Laureen R., and Gloria D. Chaston. Register of Genealogical Society Call Numbers. 2 vols. Provo, Utah: Genealogy Tree, 1982. (FHL book 979.2258 A3j; fiche 6031507). These volumes contain the film numbers for many (but not all) membership and temple records.

Lutheran

Archives of the Nebraska Synod
4980 South 118 Street, Suite D
Omaha, NE 68137-2220
Phone: (402) 896-5311
Fax: (402) 896-5354
E-mail: office@nebraskasynod.org

Early congregations and pioneers are described in Charles F. Sandahl, The Nebraska Conference of the Augustana Synod. (n.p.: Nebraska Conference, 1931); FHL Collection film 1036240 item 3

Abstracts of records relating to German immigrants can be found in:

Odessa3.org - This site contains German-Russian emigrant ancestry in pocket settlements in mid-west states of North Dakota, South Dakota and Nebraska . Contains transcribed minutes of meetings, membership lists (some with parentage listed), birth, deaths, and marriages.

Methodist

Nebraska Wesleyan University
Historical Archives United Methodist Church
5000 St. Paul Avenue
Lincoln, NE 68504
Phone: (402) 465-2400
Fax: (402) 465-2189

United Methodist Historical Center
Nebraska Conference
P.O. Box 4553
Lincoln, NE 68504-0553
Phone: (402) 465-2175

Presbyterian

Presbyterian Historical Society
United Presbyterian Church in the U.S.
425 Lombard Street
Philadelphia, PA 19147
Phone: (215) 627-1852
Fax: (215) 627-0509

Hall's Index of American Presbyterian Congregations briefly summarizes information published as part of General Assembly minutes, annual denomination yearbooks, and related sources. The index contains the organization and dissolution dates of churches, denomination and location changes, mergers, etc. Search Hall's Index to see if a Presbyterian congregation existed in a town or city, and then search CALVIN, the on-line catalog, to learn what registers, minutes, and other records are available in the Presbyterian Historical Society Archives.

Roman Catholic

Diocese of Grand Island
P.O. Box 153
2708 Old Fair Road
Grand Isle, NE 68802
Phone: (800) 652-0004

There are no records at the above site.

The diocese includes the counties of: Arthur, Banner, Blaine, Box Butte, Brown, Buffalo, Cherry, Cheyenne, Custer, Dawes, Dawson, Deuel, Garden, Garfield Grant, Greeley, Hall, Hooker, Howard, Keith, Keya Paha, Kimball, Lincoln, Logan, Loup, McPherson , Morrill, Rock, Scotts Bluff, Sheridan, Sherman, Sioux, Thomas, Valley and Wheeler.[2]

Diocese of Lincoln
P.O. Box 80328
Lincoln, NE 68501-0328
Phone: (402) 488-0921

The diocese includes the counties of: Adams, Butler, Cass, Chase, Clay, Dawson, Dundy, Fillmore, Franklin, Frontier, Furnas, Hamilton, Harlan, Hayes, Hitchcock, Jefferson, Johnson, Kearney, Keith, Lancaster, Lincoln, Nemaha, Nuckolls, Otoe, Pawnee, Perkins, Phelps, Polk, Red Willow, Saline, Richardson, Saunders, Seward, Thayer, Webster and York.[2]

Chancery Office
Archdiocese of Omaha
100 North 62 Street
Omaha, NE 68132-2795
Phone: (402) 558-3100
Fax: (402) 558-3026

For a helpful history see Henry Weber Casper, History of the Catholic Church in Nebraska, Three Volumes (Milwaukee, Wisconsin: Catholic Life Pub., 1960-66); FHL Collection book 978.2 K2c.  A brief History of the Archidiocese of Omaha is available as part of the Catholic Encyclopedia.

The Archdiocese includes the counties of: Antelope, Boone, Boyd, Burt, Cedar, Colfax, Cuming, Dakota, Dixon, Dodge, Douglas, Holt, Knox, Madison, Merrick, Nance, Pierce, Platte, Sarpy, Stanton, Thurston, Washington and Wayne.[2]

References

  1. Sydney E. Ahlstrom, A Religious History of the American People (New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Press, 1972). FHL Book 973 K2ah.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Map of the Roman Catholic Dioceses in the United States of America, Office of Catholic Schools Diocese of Columbus, accessed 3 Nov 2010.