Biography, Genealogy, and History

Ancestry Library Edition

Ancestry Library EditionSearch over 2.8 million records of immigrants and 13 million biographical sketches, census records, military records, vital records, court, land, and probate records along with other information for family history sleuths. In-library access only.

Annals of American History

Annals of American HistoryExplore the rich and varied history of the United States. This online chronicle provides a year-by-year documentary of American thought and action using more than 2,000 primary source documents and 700 multimedia elements.

Biography Reference Bank

BiographyReferenceBankThis database offers in-depth biographical profiles of notable people, both living and deceased. It provides full-text articles, images, and abstracts from today’s leading magazines and journals and focuses on biographical research.

Biography Reference Center

Biography Ref CenterContaining many of the top-ranked biographical reference collections and magazines, this database offers a comprehensive collection of full-text biographies and unique narrative biographies.

Fire Insurance Maps Online (FIMo)


Fire Insurance Maps online provides user-friendly access to unique and extensive historical maps. The high definition, color, and gray-scale images display important historical details not visible on black and white map scans.

Kearney Hub Collection from NewsBank


Search more than 10 years of Kearney and Nebraska history with the Kearney Hub Collection. Coverage from 2005 through today, including full-text, web-only content and full color image edition. (2005-2018: Articles only. 2019-present full color image editions.)

MyHeritage Library Edition

MH_logo_HorizontalSearch census and gravestone records, family tree profiles, as well as birth, death, marriage, immigration and military records from around the world. There are also digitized books containing family and local histories from around the country.

Salem History

Salem PressThis historical database includes all the content of the Decades Series, starting with The 20s in America all the way to The 2000s in America. It covers events, movements, people, and trends in popular culture, literature, art, sports, science, technology, economics, and politics. You can also find Value of a Dollar, Defining Documents, Weapons & Warfare, and more.

Sanborn Maps

Sandborn MapsThis collection is a browsable set of digitized images of the 1867-1970 Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps for 138 Nebraska cities and towns.