Biography, Genealogy, and History

Ancestry Library Edition

Ancestry Library EditionIn-library access only. Search over 2.8 million records of immigrants and 13 million biographical sketches, census records, military records, vital records, court, land, and probate records along with other information for family history sleuths. 

Biography Reference Bank

Biography Reference BankThis database offers in-depth biographical profiles of notable people, both living and deceased. It provides full-text articles, images, and abstracts from today’s leading magazines and journals and focuses on biographical research.

Biography Reference Center

Biography Reference CenterContaining many of the top-ranked biographical reference collections and magazines, this database offers a comprehensive collection of full-text biographies and unique narrative biographies.

Fire Insurance Maps Online (FIMO)

FIMOFire Insurance Maps online provides user-friendly access to unique and extensive historical maps. The high definition, color, and gray-scale images display important historical details not visible on black and white map scans.

HeritageHub (NewsBank)

HeritageHubHeritageHub provides access to hundreds of years of obituaries and death notices from thousands of newspapers across the United States. This one-of-a-kind collection helps patrons and family historians uncover new family members and understand family relationships on a deeper level than ever before. 

Kearney Hub Collection from NewsBank

NewsBank 2021 New ContentSearch more than 60 years of Kearney and Nebraska history with the Kearney Hub Collection. Coverage from 1958 through today, including full-text, web-only content, and recent full-color image editions. 

MyHeritage Library Edition

MyHeritage LESearch census and gravestone records, family tree profiles, as well as birth, death, marriage, immigration, and military records from around the world. There are also digitized books containing family and local histories from around the country.

Newspapers dot com 2023 is the largest online newspaper archive consisting of 835 million+ pages of historical newspapers from 26,500+ newspapers from around the United States. Newspapers provide a unique view of the past and can help us understand and connect with the people, events, and attitudes of an earlier time. It is also useful to those researching their genealogy.

Original Sources by Britannica

Original SourcesOriginal Sources is a compilation of thousands of primary source documents, complete books, and authentic images. Students, teachers, and parents have instant access to an online library full of the creations and discoveries of history's greatest minds as recorded in the authors' original words.

Salem History

Salem HistoryThis historical database includes all the content of the Decades Series, starting with The 20s in America all the way to The 2000s in America. It covers events, movements, people, and trends in popular culture, literature, art, sports, science, technology, economics, and politics. You can also find Value of a Dollar, Defining Documents, Weapons & Warfare, and more.

Sanborn Maps

Sanborn MapsThis collection is a browsable set of digitized images of the 1867-1970 Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps for 138 Nebraska cities and towns.

TimesMachine (New York Times)

NYT TimesMachine 2023A browser-based digital replica of all issues from 1851 - 2002. By using the 24-hour access code, you can download up to 5 PDF's per day, with unlimited browsing.

Logging in to New York Times All Access:

  1. New York Times: All Access Link
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