Genealogy

1950s Census Records are Here

The 1950 census records were released by the U.S. National Archives on April 1, 2022. This website provides full access to the 1950 census images, including population schedules, enumeration district maps, and enumeration district descriptions

https://1950census.archives.gov

Archived Cherry County Newspapers are available on Microfilm

Valentine Public Library has microfilm reels of older newspapers available dating back to 1883 from Cherry County. Please look over the list so you know which publications and dates are available. This will also help you to know which reel to request when you arrive at the library. https://valentinelibrary.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/10/Microfilm-Reader-Reel-numbers.pdf

Local Genealogy Websites

Cherry County – www.usgennet.org/usa/ne/county/cherry
Brown County – www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~nebrown
Keya Paha County – www.usgennet.org/usa/ne/county/keyapaha

Genealogical Reference

Cyndi’s List – http://www.cyndislist.com/

Free General Genealogical Websites

www.familysearch.org
www.rootsweb.com
www.usgenweb.org

Free Cemetery Websites

www.findagrave.com
http://www.interment.net/

Immigration Websites

Castle Garden – www.castlegarden.org
Ellis Island – www.ellisisland.org

Additional Tools and Websites

Why You Should Dig Up Your Family’s History — and How to Do It https://www.nytimes.com/2019/02/03/smarter-living/why-you-should-dig-up-your-familys-history-and-how-to-do-it.html

Getting Started in Genealogy https://www.americanancestors.org/education/learning-resources/read/getting-started

19 Places to Research Your Family Tree for Free https://www.thoughtco.com/research-family-tree-for-free-1421967

5 Exciting Activities to Teach Your Kids About Their Family History https://juniorgenealogist.com/blog/2020/08/19/5-exciting-activities-to-teach-your-kids-about-their-family-history/

A Guide to Tracing American Indian & Alaska Native Ancestry https://bia.gov/sites/bia.gov/files/assets/foia/ois/pdf/idc-002619.pdf

Making a Family Tree https://www.playfullearning.net/resource/making-family-tree/

Researching The History Of Your Home: Learn How to Explore the History of Your Dwelling https://www.mortgagecalculator.org/helpful-advice/researching-home-history.php

How to Dig Into the History of Your City, Town, or Neighborhood https://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/how-to-research-hometown-history

Census Records https://www.archives.gov/research/genealogy/census

We do have a couple of online resources for digital newspapers from our area. Take a look https://nebnewspapers.unl.edu/newspapers/ and https://www.newspapers.com/papers/?sort=title#p_place=NE&containing=valentine

Need to research at the library but unable to visit in person?

Researching at the library archives is available for a small fee. Please read our policy for more info https://valentinelibrary.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/10/Genealogy-Policy.pdf