Milestone Acheived

The eleven genealogy information web sites (Omaha Obits, Omaha Marriages, et al.) that are sponsored by Greater Omaha Genealogical Society and are maintained primarily by society members Karen and Terry Tippets, this morning achieved a combined total count of over one-half million listings. Years of extracting the information from microfilms of old Omaha newspapers have been spent in achieving this goal.

Kudos to Karen for the thousands of hours of work she has donated in achieving this milestone! Tech Tips

What does the Greater Omaha Genealogical Society have in common with Their TechTips web site has published an article writtne by our newsletter editor and computer guru, Terry Tippets. The article, titled “Going Digital At The Cemetery”, gives pointers and advice on how to shorten the time it takes for groups or genealogy societies to read a cemetery and get that information onto a data base. According to the TechTips staff, the article has generated “a lot of positive feedback” from readers. The article is an expanded and updated verson of the one that appears on this website. If your group or society is planning a cemetery reading project, this article will help you shorten the time of the project. Click on the following link to read the article:

Announcing: Faster Access to this Web Site

Instead of typing “” which has always been a handful (pun intended), to access this site, you now only have to type “”.  This shortened web address will be easier for new members, potential members, or other interested persons to remember.

Lost and Found

We have found an original document at the W. Dale Clark Library. The person’s name is Mike Jaber. Please contact Karen at to claim.

Your heritage might be among the attractions

Where did I come from? Who are my people? What are my roots?
The need to know your history is strong whether your family came to this continent millennia ago or you arrived last week.
Here we offer a sampling of Nebraska and Iowa ethnic museums that may give you insight.
To read the rest of the story from the Omaha World Herald: [click here]

Wayne and Cass County Marriages

Two new web sites containing marriage information for Wayne county and Cass county, Nebraska, will be up and running in the next few days. As with the other sites sponsored by GOGS, these sites will be a work in progress, with more information added to them on a frequent basis. If you have ancestors who were married in either of these two counties, check each site occasionally, as new information may have been added since your last visit.

“Omaha Births” Website Premieres

First, there was Omaha Obits. Then came Omaha Marriages. Now, comes Omaha Births, featuring births from Douglas County, NE, records and old Omaha newspapers. The birth information is pulled from newspapers as we extract obits for our OmahaObits web site.  In many instances, there is no indication what the person’s name was going to be, but it is one way of locating the possibility of a child that may have been born and died between census records.  In some instances, the names are taken from early Omaha birth certificates collected prior to 1910 when it became state mandated to collect such information.  Registration of births in that time period was not mandatory.

The new site was activated on Sunday, March 22, 2009, which means that it currently sports the smallest number of listings–just over 1,300–of the three sites. As the number of listings grows, however, we expect the site to become as popular as the first two.