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''[[United States|United States]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[Nebraska|Nebraska]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[Nebraska_Vital_Records|Vital Records]]''  
  
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== Nebraska Birth, Marriage and Death Records  ==
  
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== Nebraska Birth, Marriage and Death Records  ==
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'''Introduction to Vital Records'''  
 
'''Introduction to Vital Records'''  
  
[[United States Vital Records|Vital Records]] consist of [[United States Birth Records|births]], adoptions, [[United States Marriage Records|marriages]], divorces, and [[United States Death Records|deaths]] recorded on registers, certificates, and documents. [[Locating United States Vital Records|United States Vital Records]] has additional research guidance on researching and using vital records. A copy or an extract of most original records can be purchased from the [http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/w2w/Nebraska.htm Nebraska Vital Records State Department of Health] or the County Clerk's office of the county where the event occurred. See also [http://www.familysearch.org/Eng/Search/RG/frameset_rg.asp?Dest=G1&Aid=&Gid=&Lid=&Sid=&Did=&Juris1=&Event=&Year=&Gloss=&Sub=&Tab=&Entry=&Guide=IA_BMDT3_Statewide_Indexes.ASP#Step Nebraska Statewide Indexes and Collections] at the Family History Library.  
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[[United States Vital Records|Vital Records]] consist of [[United States Birth Records|births]], adoptions, [[United States Marriage Records|marriages]], divorces, and [[United States Death Records|deaths]] recorded on registers, certificates, and documents. [[Locating United States Vital Records|United States Vital Records]] has additional research guidance on researching and using vital records. A copy or an extract of most original records can be purchased from the [http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/w2w/Nebraska.htm Nebraska Vital Records State Department of Health] or the County Clerk's office of the county where the event occurred. See also [https://familysearch.org/search/search/library_catalog#searchType=catalog&filtered=true&fed=false&collectionId=&catSearchType=place&searchCriteria=&placeName=Iowa&author_givenName=&author_surname=&subjectCountTotal=200 Nebraska Statewide Indexes and Collections] at the Family History Library.  
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== Vital Records Reference Dates  ==
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Nebraska vital records start the following years:
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<nowiki>* </nowiki>"With the exception of some delayed&nbsp;birth registrations&nbsp;located in the office of the&nbsp;county clerk,&nbsp;Nebraska&nbsp;did not record births and deaths at the county level."<ref>Alice Eichholz, ed. ''Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources'', 3rd ed. (Provo,Utah: Ancestry Publishing, 2004), 409.</ref>&nbsp;The city of Omaha kept birth and death records&nbsp;prior to statewide registration.&nbsp;
  
 
== Nebraska&nbsp;Birth, Marriage and Death Records Online  ==
 
== Nebraska&nbsp;Birth, Marriage and Death Records Online  ==
  
 
The following is a list of online resources useful for locating Nebraska Vital Records which consist of [[United States Birth Records|births]], adoptions, [[United States Marriage Records|marriages]], divorces, and [[United States Death Records|deaths]].&nbsp; Most online resources for Nebraska Vital Records are indexes. After locating a person in an index always consult the original record to [[Contradictions and discrepancies|confirm the information]] in the index.  
 
The following is a list of online resources useful for locating Nebraska Vital Records which consist of [[United States Birth Records|births]], adoptions, [[United States Marriage Records|marriages]], divorces, and [[United States Death Records|deaths]].&nbsp; Most online resources for Nebraska Vital Records are indexes. After locating a person in an index always consult the original record to [[Contradictions and discrepancies|confirm the information]] in the index.  
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'''Family Search Historical Records'''
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*[https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/show#uri=http://hr-search-api:8080/searchapi/search/collection/1708654 Nebraska Marriages, 1855-1995] - Free
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'''A wiki article describing&nbsp;a FamilySearch&nbsp;collection is found at:'''
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*[[Nebraska Marriages (FamilySearch Historical Records)]] - Free
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'''Other'''
  
 
*[http://fhlfavorites.info/Links/USA_States/States_Frames/Nebraska/nebraska.htm Nebraska Links] from [http://fhlfavorites.info/ fhlfavorites.info] -&nbsp;Free  
 
*[http://fhlfavorites.info/Links/USA_States/States_Frames/Nebraska/nebraska.htm Nebraska Links] from [http://fhlfavorites.info/ fhlfavorites.info] -&nbsp;Free  
 
*[http://userdb.rootsweb.ancestry.com/regional.html#Nebraska Nebraska Databases] listed on [http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/ Rootsweb.com]&nbsp;- Free  
 
*[http://userdb.rootsweb.ancestry.com/regional.html#Nebraska Nebraska Databases] listed on [http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/ Rootsweb.com]&nbsp;- Free  
 
*USGenWeb.org [http://www.usgennet.org/usa/ne/state/ Nebraska Site ]- Free  
 
*USGenWeb.org [http://www.usgennet.org/usa/ne/state/ Nebraska Site ]- Free  
*Search for Nebraska Collections on [http://pilot.familysearch.org/recordsearch/start.html#start FamilySearch Record Search] under [http://pilot.familysearch.org/recordsearch/start.html#r=0;p=allCollections Canada, USA, and Mexico] - Free
 
 
*The Vital Records Search and Information Directory for [http://www.daddezio.com/records/room/RR-NE-NDX.html Nebraska ]- Free/$  
 
*The Vital Records Search and Information Directory for [http://www.daddezio.com/records/room/RR-NE-NDX.html Nebraska ]- Free/$  
*Wee Monster Links for Nebraska [http://home.att.net/~wee-monster/vitalrecords.html#Nebraska Birth &amp; Marriage]&nbsp;and [http://home.att.net/~wee-monster/deathrecords.html Death] Records -&nbsp;Free/$  
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*See Joe Beine's links to online Nebraska [http://www.germanroots.com/vitalrecords.html#Nebraska Birth &amp; Marriage]&nbsp;and [http://www.germanroots.com/deathrecords.html Death] Records -&nbsp;Free/$  
 
*Linkpendium Links for [http://www.linkpendium.com/genealogy/USA/NE/ Nebraska Genealogy and History], including individual Counties&nbsp;-&nbsp;Free/$&nbsp;  
 
*Linkpendium Links for [http://www.linkpendium.com/genealogy/USA/NE/ Nebraska Genealogy and History], including individual Counties&nbsp;-&nbsp;Free/$&nbsp;  
*Progenealogists Links for the [http://progenealogists.com/genealogysleuthb.htm United States]. Press '''Ctrl + F''' on the keyboard to search for '''Nebraska''' or&nbsp;'''NE''' -&nbsp;Free/$  
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*[http://www.progenealogists.com/ ProGenealogists'] Genealogy Slueth page&nbsp;contains a list of&nbsp;[http://progenealogists.com/genealogysleuthb.htm Vital Records]&nbsp;websites, including Nebraska. Press '''Ctrl + F''' on the keyboard to search for '''Nebraska''' or&nbsp;'''NE''' -&nbsp;Free/$  
*Search the [http://www.ancestryinstitution.com/search/locality/dbpage.aspx?tp=2&p=30&categoryFilterID=34&showPaging=true Nebraska Birth, Marriage &amp; Death] Records at Ancestry.com - $&nbsp;
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*Search the [http://www.ancestry.com/search/locality/dbpage.aspx?i=d&tp=2&p=30&categoryFilterID=34&showPaging=true Nebraska Birth, Marriage &amp; Death Records] at Ancestry.com - $  
*Order [http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/w2w/nebraska.htm Nebraska Certificates] online -&nbsp;<span id="fck_dom_range_temp_1247073573052_30" /><span id="fck_dom_range_temp_1247073573052_178" />$&nbsp;
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*I Dream of Genealogy [http://www.idreamof.com/marriage/ne.html Nebraska Marriages] - Free/$  
*[http://www.kdheks.gov/vital/index.html The Nebraska Department of Public Health] has copies of marriage records from July 1880. They have an index to records after 1916.
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*Order [http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/w2w/nebraska.htm Nebraska Certificates] online - $
 
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*[http://home.att.net/~wee-monster/deathrecords.html Online Searchable Death Indexes for the USA]
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*[http://home.att.net/~wee-monster/vitalrecords.html Online Birth &amp; Marriage Records Indexes for the USA]
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*[http://www.deathindexes.com/nebraska/index.html Nebraska Death Indexes]  
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*[http://www.idreamof.com/marriage/ne.html Nebraska Marriages]
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== Birth Records  ==
 
== Birth Records  ==
 
'''Early - 1904'''
 
 
'''1904 - Present'''
 
  
 
=== Local Records of Births and Deaths  ===
 
=== Local Records of Births and Deaths  ===
  
The earliest civil vital records were kept by a few city health departments. Omaha has death records dating from 1870 and birth records from 1873. Lincoln has birth and death files from 1889.  
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The earliest civil vital records were kept by a few city health departments. The city of Omaha has&nbsp;birth records dating from 1869 and&nbsp;death records from 1873. Lincoln has birth and death files from 1889.  
  
A few [[Portal:Nebraska|Nebraska]] counties also began recording births and deaths before statewide registration. Contact the county clerk to obtain copies of the records. Copies of the incomplete county records before 1905 (except Douglas County) are also available at the Bureau of Vital Statistics (see below). For Douglas County records write to:  
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A few [[Nebraska|Nebraska]] counties also began recording births and deaths before statewide registration. Contact the county clerk to obtain copies of the records. Copies of the incomplete county records before 1905 (except Douglas County) are also available at the Bureau of Vital Statistics (see below). For Douglas County records write to:  
  
'''Douglas County Health Department'''<br>Vital Statistics, Civic Center, Room 402<br>1819 Farnam Street<br>Omaha, Nebraska 68183-0401<br>Telephone: 402-444-7205<br>Internet:<br>[http://www.co.douglas.ne.us/dept/health/living/birth_death.php Douglas County Health Department]
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'''[http://www.douglascountyhealth.com/ Douglas County Health Department]'''<br>Vital Statistics, Civic Center, Room 402<br>1819 Farnam Street<br>Omaha, NE 68183-0401<br>Telephone: 402-444-7205  
  
 
=== State Records of Births and Deaths  ===
 
=== State Records of Births and Deaths  ===
  
Statewide registration of births and deaths began in 1905 and was generally complied with by 1920. Delayed registrations are also available from 1917 for births that occurred before that time. To obtain copies of the records, write to:  
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Statewide registration of births and deaths began in 1904 and was generally complied with by 1920. Delayed registrations are also available from 1917 for births that occurred before that time. To obtain copies of the records, write to:  
  
Nebraska Department of HHS Finance &amp; Support<br>Vital Records <br>P.O. Box 95065 <br>Lincoln, NE 68509-5065 <br>Telephone: 402-471-2871<br>E-mail: [mailto:vitalrecords@hhss.ne.gov Vitalrecords@hhss.ne.gov]<br>Internet: [http://www.hhs.state.ne.us/ Nebraska Department of Health &amp; Human Services]  
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'''[http://dhhs.ne.gov/publichealth/Pages/vitalrecords.aspx Nebraska Department of Health &amp; Human Services]'''<br>Division of Public Health<br>Vital Records <br>P.O. Box 95065 <br>Lincoln, NE 68509-5065 <br>Telephone: 402-471-2871<br>E-mail: [mailto:DHHS.VitalRecords@nebraska.gov DHHS.VitalRecords@nebraska.gov]  
  
 
State your relationship to the individual and the reason you want the information. Requests for records of persons born or married within the last 50 years are only available to a member of the immediate family.  
 
State your relationship to the individual and the reason you want the information. Requests for records of persons born or married within the last 50 years are only available to a member of the immediate family.  
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== Death Records  ==
 
== Death Records  ==
  
There are some death on-line records and indexes at [http://www.deathindexes.com/nebraska/index.html Online Nebraska Death Records &amp; Indexes].  
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There are some online death records and indexes at [http://www.deathindexes.com/nebraska/index.html Online Nebraska Death Records &amp; Indexes].  
  
 
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== Tips  ==
 
== Tips  ==
  
*Information listed on vital records is given by an informant.&nbsp; Learn the relationship of the informant to the subject(s) of the record.&nbsp; The closer the relationship of the informant to the subject(s) and whether or not the informant was present at the time of the event can help determine the accuracy of the infomation found on the record.  
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*Information listed on vital records is given by an informant.&nbsp;Learn the relationship of the informant to the subject(s) of the record.&nbsp;The closer the relationship of the informant to the subject(s) and whether or not the informant was present at the time of the event can help determine the accuracy of the infomation found on the record.  
*If you are unable to locate vital records recorded by governments, search fro church records of christening, marriage, death or burial.&nbsp; A family BIble may have been used to record births, marriagres and deaths.  
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*If you're unable to locate vital records recorded by governments, search for church records of christening, marriage, death or burial.&nbsp;A family BIble may have been used to record births, marriages and deaths.  
*Privacy laws may restrict your access to some vital records.&nbsp; Copies of some vital record recorded in the last 100 years may be uanavailable to anyone except a direct relative.  
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*Privacy laws may restrict your access to some vital records.&nbsp;Copies of some vital records recorded in the last 100 years may be unavailable to anyone except a direct relative.  
*Search for Vital Records in the Family History Library Catalog by using '''Place Search''' and then choosing '''Vital Records'''.&nbsp; Search for '''Nebraska''' to locate records filed by the State and then search the '''name of the county&nbsp;'''to locate records keept by that county.
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*Search for Vital Records in the Family History Library Catalog by using '''Place Search''' and then choosing '''Vital Records'''.&nbsp;Search for '''Nebraska''' to locate records filed by the State and then search the '''name of the county&nbsp;'''to locate records kept by that county.
  
 
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== Inventory of Vital Records  ==
 
== Inventory of Vital Records  ==
  
A description of the history and availability of existing records is in ''The Guide to Public Vital Statistics Records In Nebraska''. <ref>''The Guide to Public Vital Statistics Records In Nebraska'' Lincoln, Nebraska: Historical Records Survey, 1941; Family History Library&amp;amp;amp;lt;span id="fck_dom_range_temp_1218836339838_647" /&amp;amp;amp;gt; [http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=titledetails&amp;amp;amp;amp;columns=*%2C0%2C0&amp;amp;amp;amp;titleno=12869&amp;amp;amp;amp;disp=Guide+to+public+vital+statistics+records++ book 978.2 V23h, film 874077 item 3; fiche 6046710].</ref>  
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A description of the history and availability of existing records is in ''The Guide to Public Vital Statistics Records In Nebraska''. <ref name="null">''The Guide to Public Vital Statistics Records In Nebraska'' (Lincoln, Nebraska: Historical Records Survey, 1941); Family History Library {{FHL|12869|title-id|disp=book 978.2 V23h, film 874077 item 3; fiche 6046710}}.</ref>  
  
 
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Contents


Introduction to Vital Records

Vital Records consist of births, adoptions, marriages, divorces, and deaths recorded on registers, certificates, and documents. United States Vital Records has additional research guidance on researching and using vital records. A copy or an extract of most original records can be purchased from the Nebraska Vital Records State Department of Health or the County Clerk's office of the county where the event occurred. See also Nebraska Statewide Indexes and Collections at the Family History Library.

Vital Records Reference Dates

Nebraska vital records start the following years:


Births Marriages Deaths
Earliest 1869* County Formation 1873*
Statewide Registration 1904 1909 1904

* "With the exception of some delayed birth registrations located in the office of the county clerk, Nebraska did not record births and deaths at the county level."[1] The city of Omaha kept birth and death records prior to statewide registration. 

Nebraska Birth, Marriage and Death Records Online

The following is a list of online resources useful for locating Nebraska Vital Records which consist of births, adoptions, marriages, divorces, and deaths.  Most online resources for Nebraska Vital Records are indexes. After locating a person in an index always consult the original record to confirm the information in the index.

Family Search Historical Records

A wiki article describing a FamilySearch collection is found at:

Other

Birth Records

Local Records of Births and Deaths

The earliest civil vital records were kept by a few city health departments. The city of Omaha has birth records dating from 1869 and death records from 1873. Lincoln has birth and death files from 1889.

A few Nebraska counties also began recording births and deaths before statewide registration. Contact the county clerk to obtain copies of the records. Copies of the incomplete county records before 1905 (except Douglas County) are also available at the Bureau of Vital Statistics (see below). For Douglas County records write to:

Douglas County Health Department
Vital Statistics, Civic Center, Room 402
1819 Farnam Street
Omaha, NE 68183-0401
Telephone: 402-444-7205

State Records of Births and Deaths

Statewide registration of births and deaths began in 1904 and was generally complied with by 1920. Delayed registrations are also available from 1917 for births that occurred before that time. To obtain copies of the records, write to:

Nebraska Department of Health & Human Services
Division of Public Health
Vital Records
P.O. Box 95065
Lincoln, NE 68509-5065
Telephone: 402-471-2871
E-mail: DHHS.VitalRecords@nebraska.gov

State your relationship to the individual and the reason you want the information. Requests for records of persons born or married within the last 50 years are only available to a member of the immediate family.

The current fees for this service are listed at the above website and at VitalRecords.com.

The Family History Library has not acquired copies of Nebraska birth or death records from state, county, or city offices. Some vital records have been transcribed and published in genealogical periodicals.

Adoption Records

open / closed / state statues

Marriage Records

Marriages have been recorded by individual counties since the date each county was organized. Marriage documents since 1867 often list the names of parents of the bride and groom. Copies can be obtained by writing to the office of the probate judge in the county. Some of the earliest marriage records are now in the custody of the Nebraska State Historical Society. The Family History Library has microfilms of marriage records for many counties.

Statewide registration of marriages began in 1909. Since that time, each county clerk has been required to submit a copy of all marriage records to the Bureau of Vital Statistics. You can write to the Bureau (address above) for information. The Bureau of Vital Statistics will release records of marriages within the last 50 years only to a member of the immediate family.

Marriage records for some counties may be found at Nebraska Marriage Records

Divorce Records

Divorce proceedings since the 1850's have been kept by the clerk of the district court for each county. Divorce records since 1909 are also at the Bureau of Vital Statistics.

Death Records

There are some online death records and indexes at Online Nebraska Death Records & Indexes.

Substitute Records

Nebraska Church Records

Nebraska Cemetery Records

Nebraska Census

Nebraska Newspapers

Nebraska Military Records

Nebraska Periodicals

Nebraska History

Tips

  • Information listed on vital records is given by an informant. Learn the relationship of the informant to the subject(s) of the record. The closer the relationship of the informant to the subject(s) and whether or not the informant was present at the time of the event can help determine the accuracy of the infomation found on the record.
  • If you're unable to locate vital records recorded by governments, search for church records of christening, marriage, death or burial. A family BIble may have been used to record births, marriages and deaths.
  • Privacy laws may restrict your access to some vital records. Copies of some vital records recorded in the last 100 years may be unavailable to anyone except a direct relative.
  • Search for Vital Records in the Family History Library Catalog by using Place Search and then choosing Vital Records. Search for Nebraska to locate records filed by the State and then search the name of the county to locate records kept by that county.


Archives, Libraries and Societies

Nebraska Archives and Libraries

Nebraska Societies

Inventory of Vital Records

A description of the history and availability of existing records is in The Guide to Public Vital Statistics Records In Nebraska. [2]

References

  1. Alice Eichholz, ed. Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources, 3rd ed. (Provo,Utah: Ancestry Publishing, 2004), 409.
  2. The Guide to Public Vital Statistics Records In Nebraska (Lincoln, Nebraska: Historical Records Survey, 1941); Family History Library book 978.2 V23h, film 874077 item 3; fiche 6046710.