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The Nebraska State Genealogical Society welcomes you.
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About NSGS

The Nebraska State Genealogical Society (NSGS) was established in 1977 as a nonprofit organization to promote fellowship and cooperation among those interested in genealogy and family history. 
We welcome beginners to advanced researchers. If you are a beginner, we have many experienced researchers to help you get started in your goals. An Area Representative would be glad to help you find a local group to connect. We support individuals and local Nebraska genealogy groups and societies. 
Nebraska Ancestree: The Ancestree is a quarterly magazine which contains a variety of genealogical and historical source material related to Nebraska and Nebraskans. Society members may submit free queries to be included in a publication. Members may also submit articles for publication, as long as they relate to Nebraska. 
New Brass Key: An online newsletter featuring genealogical hints, aids, news, upcoming events, information about publications, our library acquisitions and other resources. Recently we have been emailing this out to members.
Microfilm Rental: The Nebraska State Genealogical Society has a selection of microfilm available for rent to members, for a nominal fee. A catalog detailing the film and ordering instructions are available. Soon ordering online will be available. 
Member Access to our web site: Members can access our membership list, index and scans of our family recognition certificates, the 1860-1885 census, a PDF of the latest conference syllabus, and are able to post their surnames for a possibly cousin connection and more to come! 
NSGS Library: Our library collection is housed in the beautiful Beatrice Public Library, 100 N 16th St, Beatrice, NE. NSGS members are allowed to rent materials from the collection for a fee for postage. Our library holdings include a vast collection of resource materials for most counties in Nebraska as well as many local and family histories and limited source materials for states adjoining Nebraska and along the great migration trail.
Visit the Beatrice Public Library website for a listing of hours and additional resources:
If you are unable to visit the library, a catalog of the holdings and rental instructions is available by clicking on "Library" on the menu at the left, or by contacting our librarian. 
Genealogist of the Year:  Local genealogy societies nominate an outstanding genealogist for recognition as our genealogist of the year. The NSGS board votes to attain a winner. All nominees receive a certificate and recognition at our annual conference. 

If you wish to become a member, please use the Online Membership Form. You may pay using PayPal or mailing a check. Within a week or so of receiving your information and payment, you will be emailed a log in and password to this site from a board member. 
We appreciate your support and interest in NSGS. 

Operating Year: June 2017 - May 2018

Executive Officers
President: Rosalee Swartz
Vice President: Nancy Corey
Secretary: Kay Wolfe
Treasurer: Floyd Smith, III
Area Chair Representative: Darlene Amos
Ancestree Editor: Michelle Setlik
Book Sales: Tammy Hendrickson
Conference Chair: Beth Sparrow
Family Recognition/By-Laws: Floyd Smith, III
Librarian: Catherine Renschler
Membership Chair: Jeri Ganser
Microfilm Library Chair: Floyd Smith, III
Special Publications: Denny Norvell
Area Representatives
Area 1 (Out of state): Rosalee Swartz
Area 2 (North central): Tammy Hendrickson
Area 3 (Panhandle): Floyd Smith, III
Area 4 (South central): Kay Wolfe
Area 5 (North central): Ruth Boettcher
Area 6 (Northeast): Ruth Boettcher
Area 7 (No. Platte area): Georgia Nelms
Area 8 (Central, Kearney): Kay Wolfe
Area 9 (Central, GI): Michelle Setlik
Area 10 (East central): Beth Sparrow
Area 11 (Lincoln area): Rosalee Swartz
Area 12 (East, Omaha): Marcella Garnett
Area 13 (Southwest): Nancy Corey
Area 14 (South central, Hast): Mary Lou Andersen
Area 15 (Southeast): Denny Norvell

Other NSGS Opportunities

Annual Conference: Our annual conference is held in the spring each year. The conference features a nationally known speaker and a variety of sessions with regional and local talents. Exhibitors are on hand with an array of genealogical resources and products. You do not need to be a member to attend, but members may receive a discount at registration. Click on "Annual Conference" at the left to find more information and to register!
Family Recognition Certificates: If you can prove descent from a Nebraska ancestor in one of the  following categories you may apply for a Family Recognition Certificate suitable for framing.
   FIRST FAMILY  -  Must have settled in Nebraska by 1867
   PIONEER FAMILY  - Settled in Nebraska between 1868 and 1879
   CENTURY FAMILY—Settled in Nebraska 100 years or more prior to application.
Anyone (not just members) may apply for a Family Recognition Certificate, but only members are able to access the scans of previous certificates located here on our web site. 
Publications: The NSGS has numerous publications available for purchase that contain information on early Nebraska residents including census, cemetery, marriage, confirmation and baptismal records, excerpts and abstracts from early Nebraska newspapers, and publications for several counties. The publications catalog can be found on this site by selecting "Publications for sale" or a paper copy may be requested.