Since 2001, October has been nationally recognized as Family History Month. This is a time to increase awareness around and encourage people to explore their family history and learn more about their ancestors. There are resources available to help researchers at all levels, many of which are easily accessible with your library card. Get started by visiting OPL's Genealogy & Local History page, opens a new window online. Find online research tools, recommended reading, and even local community resources that may be helpful in constructing your family tree.
Due to the closure of W. Dale Clark Main Library, genealogy and local history resources are being relocated to the Genealogy Room at 3020 S. 84th Street. This new space will open to the public on October 3, 2022.
Researchers will have access to the Nebraska reference collection (closed stacks), government documents dating back to the 1800s, and microfilms and microfiches, including local newspapers and other periodicals, local history records, and census records. Perhaps the greatest resource of all is OPL’s staff who can help to navigate the family research process and advise best practices for getting the answers you seek.