There are almost 4,000 newspapers that have been published in the Cornhusker State - certainly not all of them are searchable online. But there are several that are indeed available. So go for it - find your Nebraska ancestors and all the interesting articles that capture the stories of their lives.
Please note that I have not always entered the dates that are included in the collections, as I suspect they will change as more items are digitized. Also I suspect that some of these links may change over time - so if there is a dead link - please use your favorite search engine to find their new location.
(Updated February, 2017)
Chronicling America - Nebraska Newspapers
- Alliance, Box Butte County 1902-1922 The Alliance herald.
- Bellevue City 1854-1855 Nebraska palladium.
- Bellevue City, N.T. 1856-1858 Bellevue gazette.
- Broken Bow 1882-1921 Custer County Republican.
- Brownville, Nemaha County, N.T. , 1856-1882 Nebraska advertiser.
- Columbus 1874-1911 The Columbus journal.
- Dakota City 1857-1860 Dakota City herald.
- Dakota City 1891-1965 Dakota County herald.
- Falls City 1904-191? The Falls City tribune.
- Lincoln 1885-1893 Capital city courier.
- Lincoln 1893-1893 Sunday morning courier.
- Lincoln 1893-1894 Saturday morning courier.
- Lincoln 1894-1903 The courier.
- Lincoln 1901-1923 The commoner.
- McCook 188?-1886 McCook weekly tribune.
- McCook 1886-1936 The McCook tribune.
- Nemaha City 18??-1909 The Nebraska advertiser.
- Norfolk 1888-1900 The Norfolk weekly news.
- Norfolk 1900-19?? The Norfolk weekly news-journal.
- North Platte 1885-1890 Lincoln County tribune.
- North Platte 1890-1894 The North Platte tribune.
- North Platte 1895-1922 The North Platte semi-weekly tribune.
- Omaha [Neb.], 187?-1922 Omaha daily bee.
- Red Cloud, Webster Co. 1873-1923 The Red Cloud chief.
- Valentine, Cherry Co. 18??-1896 Cherry County independent.
- Valentine, Cherry Co. 1896-1898 The Valentine Democrat.
- Valentine 1898-1900 Western news-Democrat.
- Valentine 1900-1930 Valentine Democrat.
- Wood River, Buffalo County, N.T. 1860-1861 The huntsman's echo.
- Alliance, Box Butte County, Neb., 1902-1922 - The Alliance herald.
- Bellevieu City, Neb., 1854-1855 - Nebraska palladium.
- Bellevue City, N.T. [i.e. Neb.], 1856-1858 - Bellevue gazette.
- Broken Bow, Neb., 1882-1921 - Custer County Republican
- Brownville, Nemaha County, N.T. [Neb.], 1856-1882 - Nebraska Advertiser
- Clarkson, Neb., 1913-19?? - Ozvěna západu [microform].
- Columbus, Neb., 1874-1911 - The Columbus Journal
- Dakota City, Neb., 1857-1860 - Dakota City herald.
- Dakota City, Neb., 1891-1965 - Dakota County Herald
- Falls City, Neb., 1904-191? - The Falls City Tribune
- Lincoln [Neb.], 1872-1885 - Hesperian Student [microform]
- Lincoln, Neb., 1885-1893 - Capital City Courier
- Lincoln, Neb., 1893-1893 - Sunday Morning Courier
- Lincoln, Neb., 1893-1894 - Saturday morning courier.
- Lincoln, Neb., 1894-1903 - The courier.
- Lincoln, Neb., 1901-1923 - The Commoner
- Lincoln, Neb., 1901-current - The Daily Nebraskan
- McCook, Neb., 188?-1886 - McCook weekly tribune.
- McCook, Neb., 1886-1936 - The McCook Tribune
- Nebraska City, Neb., 1898-1902 - The Conservative [microform].
- Nemaha City, Neb., 18??-1909 - The Nebraska Advertiser
- Norfolk, Neb., 1888-1900 - The Norfolk weekly news.
- Norfolk, Neb., 1900-19?? - The Norfolk Weekly News-Journal
- North Platte, Neb., 1885-1890 - Lincoln County Tribune
- North Platte, Neb., 1890-1894 - The North Platte Tribune
- North Platte, Neb., 1895-1922 - The North Platte Semi-Weekly Tribune
- Omaha [Neb.], 187?-1922 - Omaha Daily Bee
- Plattsmouth, N.T. [Neb.], 1865-1882 - Nebraska herald.
- Plattsmouth, Neb., 1881-1901 - Plattsmouth weekly journal.
- Plattsmouth, Neb., 1909-1911 - The news-herald.
- Plattsmouth, Nebraska, 1882-1892 - Plattsmouth weekly herald.
- Plattsmouth, Nebraska, 1883-19?? - The Plattsmouth daily herald.
- Plattsmouth, Nebraska, 1892-1894 - Plattsmouth herald.
- Plattsmouth, Nebraska, 1895-1909 - Semi-weekly news-herald.
- Plattsmouth, Nebraska, 1901-current - The Plattsmouth journal.
- Red Cloud, Webster Co., Neb., 1873-1923 - The Red Cloud Chief
- Valentine, Cherry Co., Neb., 18??-1896 - Cherry County independent.
- Valentine, Cherry Co., Neb., 1896-1898 - The Valentine Democrat.
- Valentine, Neb., 1898-1900 - Western news-Democrat.
- Valentine, Neb., 1900-1930 - Valentine Democrat
- Wahoo, Neb., 1891-19?? - Přítel lidu [microform].
- Wilber, Neb., 190?-19?? - Wilberské listy [microform].
- Wood River, Buffalo County, N.T. [Neb.], 1860-1861 - The huntsman's echo.
NE Newspaper Extraction Project (Index only)
Omaha Obits (Index only)
County and Library Collections
Neligh Public Library
- Antelope Tribune
- Daily Neligh Leader
- Neligh Leader
- Neligh News
- Neligh News And Leader
- Neligh Republican
- Neligh Weekly News
- News And Leader
Albion Public Library
Lyons Public Library
- Alliance Sun
- Lyons Mirror
- Lyons Mirror Sun
- Lyons Sun
- Logan Valley Mirror
- Logan Valley Sun
- Lyons Weekly Sun
Oakland Public Library
- Craig News
- Oakland Independent
- Oakland Independent and Republican
- Oakland Mail
- Oakland Republican
Dixon County Archives
- The Allen News
- The Dixon Journal
- Newcastle Times
- The Newcastle News
- Emerson Cresent
- Dakota County Enterprise
- Emerson Echo
- Emerson Era
- Emerson Enterprise
- Emerson Times
Ponca Carnegie Library
- Dixon County Advocate
- Ponca Gazette
- Northern Nebraska Journal
- Nebraska Journal Leader
- Homer Star
- Wayne Herald
North Bend Public Library
Scribner Public Library
- Hooper Sentinel
- Rustler Sentinel
- Scribner Weekly News
- The Scribner News
- The Scribner Rustler
- The Snyder Banner
Arapahoe Public Library
- Public Mirror
- Holbrook Observer
- Edison Echo
- Arapahoe Pioneer
- Arapahoe Weekly Pioneer
- Edison News
- Holbrook Herald
- Edison Record
- Edison Record
Butler Memorial Library
Scotia Public Library and Heritage Center
Saint Paul Library
- Dannebrog News
- Howard County Herald
- Phonograph Herald
- Phonograph Herald
- Phonograph Press
- Saint Paul Press
- Saint Paul Republican
Creighton Public Library
- Creighton Courier
- Creighton Liberal
- Creighton News
- Knox County News
- Nebraska Liberal
- Peoples News
Hastings Memorial Library
- Grant Tribune Sentinel
- Madrid Era
- Madrid Herald
- Madrid News
- Perkins County Herald Sentinel
- Perkins County News
- Perkins County Newspaper
- Perkins County Pioneer
- Perkins County Sentinel
- Perkins County Tribune
- The Elsie Leader
- The Grant Tribune Sentinel
- Tribune Sentinel
- Venango Argus
- Venango Union
Seward Memorial Library
- Beaver Crossing Bugle
- Beaver Crossing Times
- Blue Valley Blade
- Blue Valley Record
- Deutsche Farmer Zeitung
- Deutsches Journal
- Garland Herald
- Germantown Gleaner
- Independent Examiner
- Milford Nebraskan
- Milford Ozone
- Milford Review
- Milford Times
- Milford Times And Continuing The Seward Citizen
- Milford Weekly Nebraskan
- Nebraska Deutsche Farmer Zeitung
- Nebraska Reporter
- Nebraska Weekly Reporter
- New Era Review
- Pleasant Dale Quiz
- Pleasant Dale Quiz1
- Pleasant Dale Quiz2
- Pleasant Dale Quiz3
- Pride of Beaver Crossing
- Seward Advocate
- Seward Blue Valley Blade
- Seward Citizen
- Seward County Independent
- Seward County Tribune
- Seward Independent
- Seward Independent Democrat
- Seward Journal
- Seward Semi Weekly Reporter
- Seward Weekly Reporter
- Staplehurst Sentinel
- Tamora Lyre
- Tamora Register
- Tamora Weekly Register
- Utica Sun
- Utica Weekly Sun
- Weekly Nebraskan
- Weekly Review
Stanton Public Library
North Loup Public Library
Small Town Papers
Danish American Newspapers and Journals
- Bien Newspapers
- Dannevirke Newspapers
- Danskeren Newspapers
- Den Danske Pioneer Newspapers
- Lauritz Melchior Newspaper Clipping Scrapbooks
Newspaper Archives of the Sargent Township Library
- Sargent Echo
- Sargent Leader
- Sargent New Era
- West Union Gazette
Wayne Newspapers Online
- Logan Valley Herald (1884)
- Nebraska Democrat (1898-1938)
- Wayne County Democrat (1892-1893)
- Wayne County Review (1876)
- Wayne Democrat (1895-1897)
- Wayne Herald (1888-Present)
- Wayne Herald Tribune (1884-1885)
- Wayne Journal (1892)
- Wayne News (1938-1943)
- Wayne Republican (1895-1904)
The Olden Times - Nebraska
Other Free Sites:
(Recent changes in the Google News Archive has diminished the capability to search newspapers published prior to 1970). A few of these below are in the Google News Archive.)
Kearney McCook Omaha
- Gateway Newspaper Archive
- Omaha Daily Republican
- Omaha Excelsior
- Omaha Republican
- Twentieth Century Farmer
Subscription or Pay Sites:
There are currently 25 publications available at this site. See all the titles at Ancestry - Nebraska Newspapers
There are currently 42 publications available at this site. See all the titles at Genealogy Bank - Nebraska Newspapers
There are currently 18 publications available at this site. See all the titles at Newspaper Archive - Nebraska
There are currently 30 publications available at this site. See all the titles at Newspapers.com - Nebraska.
Links to Follow:
There are several ways to keep up with new collections as they are digitized and made available online. Two of my favorites:
- Historical Newspapers Online from the University of Pennsylvania
- Historical U.S. Newspapers Online from Bowling Green State University
You also need to visit the Nebraska Digital Newspaper Project site from time to time, which can tell you what is occurring in the state with regard to online newspaper availability.
Please note - even more may be available via a local or state library where a library card is required. And of course there is always microfilm for those that have not been made available online as yet.
Good luck and happy hunting!
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