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Every Home Has a Story

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Your vintage home was the setting for so many former lives

Explore it’s rich history and possibly who once lived there:

RESEARCH YOUR HOUSE
dcassessor.org/valuation-lookup – [I agree] – enter address
(Note that the year built is often an inaccurate estimate, but you can look up the development name (eg Marietta Place, Creighton 1st Addition) and/or BLK/LOT numbers in the newspaper archive.)

NEWSPAPERS
omahalibrary.org – [Resource Center] – [Newspapers, Magazines & Journals] – [Historic Omaha World Herald Archives] – [Search] – enter Library Card Number – [Log in] – select publication(s) – Omaha Herald, Omaha Daily World, and Omaha World-Herald back to 1878  (When searching for an address, numbered streets were usually spelled out, and directions and suffixes varied a lot. Suggestions: “4321 poppleton” all in quotes, or 1234 “thirty-fourth” with just the street name in quotes. Also, street names have changed over the years. Eg, numbered street used to have names.)
chroniclingamerica.loc.gov – [Advanced Search] – choose Omaha Bee from list (1872-1916)
omahahistory.org/newspaper_website/newspapers_web.htm (a few other local newspapers)
omahahistory.org/news.html (list of local newspapers and years)

MAPS
digital.omahalibrary.org/earlyomaha/map_gallery.html (old Omaha street and paving maps)
digital.omahalibrary.org/earlynebraska/collections.html (county atlases/plats)
www.memoriallibrary.com/NE/Douglas/1937/… (1937 Douglas County Plat Book)

PHOTOS/POSTCARDS
durhammuseum.contentdm.oclc.org/cdm/search (165,000 searchable photos – only about 1/6 of their collection is online. Call them if looking for something specific.)
nebraskahistory.pastperfectonline.com/photo – search for Omaha or any other topic
digital.omahalibrary.org/earlyomaha/
trails.unl.edu/
memories.nebraska.gov
www.loc.gov/photos/ – search for Omaha or any other topic
www.memoriallibrary.com/NE/Fred/Omaha/
www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~usgenweb/ne/douglas/postcards/ppcs-douglas.html

GENEALOGY/PEOPLE
omahalibrary.org – [Resource Center] – [Genealogy] – [MyHeritage] or [Family Search] ([Ancestry] can be used only at the library)
www.usgwcensus.org/states/nebraska/douglas.htm (a few territorial census lists)
1940census.archives.gov/getting-started/ (complete 1940 census records)
www.memoriallibrary.com/NE/Douglas/Dir/ (1890 Who’s Who of Omaha)
graveyardsofomaha.com/grave_main.htm (very detailed information about Omaha cemeteries, especially Prospect Hill)

COMPLETE BOOKS FOR DOWNLOAD OR ONLINE READING
History of the City of Omaha, Nebraska (1894) – https://archive.org/details/historyofcityofo00sava
Anecdotes of Omaha (1891) – https://archive.org/details/anecdotesofomaha00newt
The Story of Omaha (1923) – https://archive.org/details/storyofomahafrom00sore
History of Omaha (1889) – https://archive.org/details/historyofomahafr01sore
Omaha: The Gate City, Vol. 1 (1917) – https://archive.org/details/omahagatecitydou01wake
Omaha: The Gate City, Vol. 1 (1917) – https://archive.org/details/omahagatecitydou02wake
Omaha Illustrated (1888) – https://archive.org/details/omahaillustrated00omah
Early History of Omaha (1876) – https://archive.org/details/earlyhistoryofom00sore
History of the Trans-Mississippi and International Exposition of 1898 (1910) – https://archive.org/details/historyoftransmi00haynrich
Official Guide Book to Omaha and the Trans-Mississippi and International Exposition (1898, Published by Megeath Stationery Co.) – https://archive.org/details/officialguideboo00mege


OTHER
digital.omahalibrary.org/transmiss/ (Trans-Mississippi and International Exposition)
www.usgennet.org/usa/ne/topic/resources/OLLibrary/ (books, photos, maps, people, etc)
“An Inventory of Historic Omaha Buildings” (at main library – details about many houses and buildings)
“The Streets of Omaha -Their Origins and Changes” (at main library – historic street names)
Omaha City Directories (in reference section at main library)