Nebraska Archives: 42 Newspapers for Genealogy Research

A land of vast prairies, Nebraska was admitted into the Union as the nation’s 37th state on 1 March 1867. The 16th largest state in the country, Nebraska is the 37th most populous.

photo of Nebraska homesteaders, c. 1888
Photo: Nebraska homesteaders, c. 1888. Credit: Nebraska State Historical Society; U.S. Department of Agriculture; Wikimedia Commons.

If you are researching your ancestry from Nebraska, you will want to use GenealogyBank’s online NE newspaper archives: 42 titles to help you search your family history in the “Cornhusker State,” providing coverage from 1854 to Today. There are more than 76.6 million articles and records in our online Nebraska newspaper archives!

Dig deep into our online archives and search for historical and recent obituaries and other news articles about your Nebraska ancestors in these NE newspapers. Our Nebraska newspapers are divided into two collections: Historical Newspapers (complete paper) and Recent Obituaries (obituaries only).

Search Nebraska Newspaper Archives (1854 – 1983)

Search Nebraska Recent Obituaries (1996 – Current)

illustration: state flag of Nebraska
Illustration: state flag of Nebraska. Source: Wikimedia Commons.

Here is a list of online Nebraska newspapers in the historical archives. Each newspaper title in this list is an active link that will take you directly to that paper’s search page, where you can begin searching for your ancestors by surnames, dates, keywords and more. The NE newspaper titles are listed alphabetically by city.

Did you know?

Our historical NE newspaper collection contains the Omaha Arrow which was the very first newspaper ever published in Omaha – back in 1854, when the Territory of Nebraska was first incorporated. Our NE archives also contain many old African American newspapers – for example, the Afro-American Sentinel was started by an ex-slave. Learn more at Wikipedia (see Print section).

City Title Date Range* Collection
AshlandAshland Gazette02/03/2011 – CurrentRecent Obituaries
BeatriceBeatrice Daily Sun06/10/2002 – CurrentRecent Obituaries
BellevueBellevue Leader02/27/2009 – CurrentRecent Obituaries
BloomingtonFranklin County Guard08/30/1872 – 08/13/1874Newspaper Archives
Broken BowCuster County Chief10/04/2010 – CurrentRecent Obituaries
ChadronChadron Record04/12/2005 – CurrentRecent Obituaries
ColumbusColumbus Telegram09/19/1999 – CurrentRecent Obituaries
David CityDavid City Banner-Press09/13/2011 – CurrentRecent Obituaries
FremontFremont Tribune08/16/2000 – CurrentRecent Obituaries
GeringGering Courier11/06/2008 – CurrentRecent Obituaries
Grand IslandGrand Island Independent12/01/1997 – CurrentRecent Obituaries
GretnaGretna Breeze05/13/2009 – CurrentRecent Obituaries
HemingfordHemingford Ledger11/07/2008 – CurrentRecent Obituaries
KearneyKearney Hub05/30/2005 – CurrentRecent Obituaries
LexingtonLexington Clipper-Herald06/23/2005 – CurrentRecent Obituaries
LincolnLincoln Journal Star06/01/1996 – CurrentRecent Obituaries
LincolnLincoln Journal Star: Web Edition Articles11/04/2003 – CurrentRecent Obituaries
Nebraska CityNebraska City News-Press02/09/2005 – CurrentRecent Obituaries
Nebraska CityDaily Nebraska Press08/06/1868 – 12/28/1876Newspaper Archives
North PlatteNorth Platte Telegraph05/03/2004 – CurrentRecent Obituaries
OmahaProgress03/22/1890 – 03/07/1891Newspaper Archives
OmahaFlorence Courier09/23/1858 – 10/14/1858Newspaper Archives
OmahaOmaha World-Herald08/24/1885 – 12/31/1983Newspaper Archives
OmahaEnterprise08/10/1895 – 07/03/1897Newspaper Archives
OmahaOmaha World-Herald09/04/2005 – CurrentRecent Obituaries
OmahaOmaha Morning Bee-News09/09/1935 – 09/09/1935Newspaper Archives
OmahaDanske Pioneer10/17/1895 – 10/10/1901Newspaper Archives
OmahaOmaha Star01/07/2011 – CurrentRecent Obituaries
OmahaAfro-American Sentinel02/22/1896 – 03/25/1899Newspaper Archives
OmahaOmaha Herald10/30/1878 – 06/30/1889Newspaper Archives
OmahaTagliche Omaha Tribune06/25/1937 – 06/25/1937Newspaper Archives
OmahaOmaha Arrow08/04/1854 – 10/20/1854Newspaper Archives
PapillionSuburban Newspapers06/29/2005 – CurrentRecent Obituaries
PapillionPapillion Times01/27/2011 – CurrentRecent Obituaries
PlattsmouthPlattsmouth Journal05/02/2007 – CurrentRecent Obituaries
RalstonRalston Recorder05/06/2009 – CurrentRecent Obituaries
SchuylerSchuyler Sun10/20/2011 – CurrentRecent Obituaries
ScottsbluffStar-Herald04/20/2005 – CurrentRecent Obituaries
SyracuseSyracuse Journal-Democrat03/06/2009 – CurrentRecent Obituaries
WahooWahoo Newspaper02/01/2007 – CurrentRecent Obituaries
WaverlyWaverly News04/21/2009 – CurrentRecent Obituaries
YorkYork News-Times03/08/2000 – CurrentRecent Obituaries

*Date Ranges may have selected coverage unavailable.

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