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 and PIN for access.
This trial will end Dec. 31, 2014 unless we can raise the funds to purchase the database. If you would like to contribute, call the Omaha Public Library Foundation at 402-444-4589 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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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Sunday, Jul 27, 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, Aug 1, 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, Aug 1, 2014: GO-PAF Meeting7 p.m., LDS Center, 11027 Martha St., Omaha.
Come and discuss genealogy software and other tools.
Friday, Aug 8, 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, Aug 23, 2014: Exploring FamilySearch2-3:15 p.m., W. Dale Clark Library, 215 S. 15th St., Omaha. Computer training lab. 402-444-4826. Preregister.
A hands-on introduction to searching records and using the FamilySearch catalog.
Wednesday, Aug 27, 2014: Exploring FamilySearch6-7:15 p.m., W. Dale Clark Library, 215 S. 15th St., Omaha. Computer training lab. 402-444-4826. Preregister.
A hands-on introduction to searching records and using the FamilySearch catalog. (Repeat of Saturday class.)
Saturday, Sep 6, 2014: Finding Family History Online11 a.m.-12 p.m., W. Dale Clark Library, 215 S. 15th St., Omaha. Computer training lab. 402-444-4826. Preregister.
Discover your roots online! Join this tour of websites and databases, and learn how to make them work for you.
Sunday, Sep 14, 2014: Finding Your Germanic Ancestral Village2-3:15 p.m., W. Dale Clark Library, 215 S. 15th St., Omaha. 402-444-4826. Preregister.
Gail Blankenau will provide sources and techniques to help you discover your ancestral village of origin.
Wednesday, Sep 17, 2014: GOGS Monthly Meeting7 p.m., Nebraska Methodist College (Josie Harper Campus), 87th & Burt, Omaha.
Dave Wells will speak on the First World War.
Friday, Sep 26, 2014: 6th Annual Genealogy Lock-in6:30-9 p.m., W. Dale Clark Library, 215 S. 15th St., Omaha. 402-444-4826. Preregister.
Research after hours in the library's extensive genealogy collection! Includes presentation by Robbi Ryan on organizing your genealogy.
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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