Some of the best book of maps, known as Family Maps, are published by Arphax Publishing of Norman, Oklahoma. The books are available for many states, including Nebraska. The counties available for Nebraska are Arthur, Blaine, Garden, Garfield, Grant, Hooker, Logan, Loup, McPherson, Scotts Bluff, Sioux and Thomas. The books are authored by Gregory A. Boyd.
The maps show the original settlers (first owners) who purchased the land. You will be able to see the exact location of the land, neighbors as well are cemeteries, rivers and streams.
Each book is available as hardbound, spiral-bound and most recently as paperback. There are links on the Arphax Publishing web page to a listing of surnames for each volume. From the web page you can also check out examples in PDF format.
The books are well worth the price, particularly if your ancestor was an original settler in the location.