Celebrate Family History Month at OPL!

Established by Congress in 2001 to encourage people to explore their ancestry, National Family History Month is celebrated annually during the month of October. Omaha Public Library has several events and online resources to help family historians at all levels of experience!

Online Events, opens a new window

Thurs | Oct. 1 | 6 pm
Finding Treasure in the Periodical Source Index (PERSI): Virtual Program, opens a new window

Learn how to get the most out of the Periodical Source Index (PERSI), opens a new window in this virtual presentation with genealogy librarian Martha Grenzeback. PERSI is the largest subject index to genealogy and local history periodical articles in the world, and your key to priceless genealogical information. Registration required.

Sun | Oct. 11 | 3 pm
Virtual Author Visit: Libby Copeland, opens a new window

Learn about the many ways in which home DNA testing is redefining family history with Libby Copeland, author of The Lost Family: How DNA Testing is Upending Who We Are, opens a new window. Drawing upon years of research for her book, which The Wall Street Journal calls “a fascinating account of lives dramatically altered by genetic sleuthing,” Copeland will address how DNA testing informs who we are, and how the effects of this technology may ultimately move us toward a more inclusive definition of family and inspire us to become more openhearted about the different ways kinship is formed. Registration required.

Sun | Oct. 18 | 3 pm
Online Live Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps for Genealogy, opens a new window

Learn how to use fire insurance maps in conjunction with land records to get a picture of what living conditions and communities were like for your ancestors. Genealogy educator, librarian, and guest lecturer Jeanette Sheliga will discuss the importance of these detailed maps of U.S. cities and towns which were published by The Sanborn Map Company during the 19th and 20th centuries. Registration required.

Online Resources, opens a new window

Ancestry Library Edition, opens a new window

Find birth, marriage, and death records, as well as military records and more in the largest general collection of genealogical information. Currently available from home until December 31, 2020.

Fire Insurance Maps Online, opens a new window

Find and view high-definition, color fire insurance maps, real estate atlases, plat books, and other historical maps showing building structures, building construction details, property ownership, property uses, and other useful information.

Gilbert M. and Martha H. Hitchcock Omaha Star Digital Archives, opens a new window

Search the archives of Nebraska’s largest African-American newspaper from 1938-2011.

Gilbert M. and Martha H. Hitchcock Omaha World-Herald Digital Archives, opens a new window

Search Omaha World-Herald newspaper articles from 1878-1983.

MyHeritage, opens a new window

Trace your family history through global genealogy resources with 12.5 billion historical records.

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