Trial of Omaha World Herald database!
Omaha Public Library is currently offering a public trial of the newly digitized Omaha World Herald, from 1885 up to 1983 (from 1983 you have access to the electronic version through our NewsBank database). Try it out and see what you think! If you are trying it from home, you will be prompted to enter your library card number for access.
Databases @ OPL
Omaha Public Library has been a federal depository library since 1880, so it has an extensive collection of government documents of all kinds at the main library. A list of some of the resources most useful to genealogists can be found on our website. Other documents not listed can be found in restricted areas on the second floor of the main library (request materials from staff), and include such things as USGS topographical maps and reports and records of different Nebraska institutions dating back to the 1800s.
Enjoy @ OPL!
Genealogy at OPL
Genealogy CDs available for viewing at W. Dale Clark Library
OPL has a collection of genealogy CDs donated by the Greater Omaha Genealogical Society and available for viewing at a a dedicated computer in the third-floor genealogy room at W. Dale Clark Library. The list of available CDs can be viewed here or requested at the third-floor reference desk.
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Deal of the day
To commemorate the beginnin of the US Civil War in April, 1861, Fold3 is offering free access to all its Civil War documents from April 14 through April 30! Don't miss this opportunity to check out its great resources!
More good news for those with Canadian ancestors! The 1921 Canadian census has been indexed and Ancestry.ca is now providing free access to it.
Sunday, Apr 20, 2014: Genealogy Writers' Group1:30-3:30 p.m., W. Dale Clark Library, 215 S. 15th St., Omaha, Meeting Room 1. No registration required, just drop in!
Interested in writing up your family history? Share tips and get feedback from other writers. Contact: Tricia, tlpiatt
Friday, May 2, 2014: Genealogy Work Group10 a.m.-noon, Millard Branch Library, 13214 Westwood Lane, Omaha. Computer lab. Preregister.
Join a group of genealogy enthusiasts to work on your personal research and exchange tips with others. An instructor will be on hand.
Friday, May 2, 2014: GO-PAF Meeting7 p.m., LDS Center, 11027 Martha St., Omaha.
Come and discuss genealogy software and other tools.
Friday, May 9, 2014: Genealogy Club10 a.m.-noon, Abrahams Branch, 5111 N. 90th St., Omaha. 402-444-6284. Preregister.
Come do your research, exchange tips, and talk with experienced genealogists.
Saturday, May 17, 2014: Free Genealogy Classes: Newspaper and Courthouse Research 9:15-noon, Mormon Trail Center, 3215 State St., Omaha. Preregister at 402-706-1453 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Part I: Black and White and Read All Over.
Part II: What's at the Courthouse besides Vital Records?
Saturday, May 17, 2014: Letters Home: A Reading for All Ages 2-4 p.m., W. Dale Clark Library, 215 S. 15th St., Omaha. Preregister, 402-444-4826.
From the Civil War to modern conflicts, soldiers have been writing home from the front for centuries. Join us for an intergenerational reading of such letters.
Wednesday, May 21, 2014: GOGS Monthly Meeting7 p.m., Nebraska Methodist College (Josie Harper Campus), 87th & Burt, Omaha.
Lynne Farr will talk about DNA in genealogy research. Open to all!
The Source: A Guidebook to American Genealogy, by Loretto Dennis Szucs and Sandra Hargreaves Luebking, has been referred to as "the genealogist's bible," and for good reason. It offers detailed, comprehensive, and well-indexed information about almost every kind of record researchers of American genealogy might ever need to consult. Ancestry, its publisher, has digitized the most recent edition (2006) and made it available free online.
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