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 will offer an online event and multiple resources to help family historians at all levels of experience!

Online Event, opens a new window

Sat | Oct. 23 | 10 am - 12:30 pm
Virtual Genealogy Seminar with Annette Burke Lyttle, opens a new window
10 a.m.: Prospecting for Family History in Unexpected Places

Many records of genealogical value are hiding in places we might not think to look. Employ a search strategy to help us uncover a gold mine of information in unexpected places.

11 a.m.: Intermission
Door prizes will be awarded, and there will be a review of genealogy resources available at W. Dale Clark Main Library.

11:30 a.m.: Following Migrating Ancestors: Three Case Studies
Migrating ancestors can be difficult to follow as they move from place to place. Three case studies will show techniques and records you can use to make it easier to follow their paths. The case studies involve a colonial migration from Pennsylvania to Virginia, a move from Vermont to New York to Illinois in the early 19th century, and a move from Illinois to Nebraska to homestead in the late 19th century. Learn methods and sources that will help you follow your ancestors wherever and whenever they moved.

Registration is 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, 2021.

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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