Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Historical Maps of Nebraska

The Hall County, Nebraska web site now has historical maps of Nebraska dating 1850-1901. They were scanned from atlases published between those dates. The maps have been retouched. They are colorful and informative!

Maps are online in PDF format in "Low Res" and "High Res." Of course, the "High Res" files are going to take longer to download, but the quality is much better. They can all be saved to your computer for future reference.

Originals maps are in the collections of the Nebraska State Historical Society in Lincoln, NE and the Stuhr Museum of the Prairie Pioneer at Grand Island, NE.

By using the maps you will have a good understanding about the early formation dates of the territory and state ... NEBRASKA.

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Genealogy in Cuming County, NE

The John A. Stahl Library is located at 330 North Colfax Street in West Point, NE. Genealogists will enjoy the Leila Stahl Buffet Genealogy Center in the library. It was opened in the fall of 1997 and continues to expand and grow. The following are the hours you can use the center:
Monday, Wednesday and Thursday 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Tuesday, Friday and Saturday 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Closed Sunday and holidays

Located in Cuming Co., Nebraska, the genealogy center focuses on that area. They have a computer and microfilm reader. Their microfilm consists of early court records, naturalizations, marriages 1900-1920, school enrollment records and county census 1860 to 1920. The following are newspapers on microfilm:
Bancroft newspaper 1892-1923
Wisner newspaper 1892-1952
West Point newspapers 1871 to present
Beemer newspaper 1886-1922
Nebraska "Volksblatt" newspaper (in German) 1879-1916
In addition they have church records, cemetery records, book and maps in their collection.

The Elkhorn Valley Genealogical Society meets in the library meeting room on the third Monday of the month, September through June (except December) at 7 p.m.

If you are researching in that part of Nebraska, consider a visit to the library or perhaps becoming a member of the society.