Gage County Historical Society and Museum

Gage County Genealogy Research

Genealogy is the quest to find one’s ancestry. Before planning a trip to a research facility, it is best to begin the journey with yourself. Using a pedigree chart or family group sheet, record all vital information about you and your immediate family, (i.e. births, marriages, and deaths), as well as where the event took place. Include your parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins.


Beatrice Public Library collection includes Sandborn Maps of Beatrice, Beatrice Daily Sun on Microfiche, Beatrice highschool yearbooks, and the NSGS Library Collection     Wymore Public Library collection includes Wymore Highschool Yearbooks and the Arbor State Newspaper on Microfiche.They also have local area history books, family history, and cemetery records/obituaries.             Odell Public Library collection includes the original writings of Catherine Renshaw history of Odell, NE.            Cortland Museum's research library 50 books about the residents of Cortland and Firth, Nebraska. 

M-Th 10-7,

F-S 10-5,

Sunday Closed


M-Th 11:30-6:00

F- 11:30- 5:30

Saturday 11:30-2

Sunday Closed


Tuesday 2-6

Thursday 3-5 

Friday 9-11

Saturday 10-12


By Appointment Only

100 N. 16th

Beatrice, NE 68310

116 W. F Street

Wymore, NE 68466


301 Main Street

Odell, NE 68415


40 W 4th
PO Box 296
Cortland, NE 68331
402-223-3584 402-645-3787 402-766-3700 402-429-2480



Freeman Comunity Media Center collection includes the Adams Highschool Yearbooks and the Adams Globe Newspapers.            Great Plains Welsh Heritage Centre has the archives of Welsh America including recordings, newspapers, periodicals, photographs, and Welsh organizations.           Homestead National Historical Park has access to homestead records and the Dempseter Mill Manufactoring Company Archive.      Beatrice Cemetery Association has the cemetery records for Evergreen Home Memorial Park and Scott Street Cemetery

Open when the Freeman Public School is open.


By Appointment

M-F 8:30-6

 Sat-Sun 9-6


M-F 7-4 

Saturday Closed

Sunday Closed

415 8th St.

Adams, NE 68301

307 S. 7th

Wymore, NE 68466


8583 NE- 4 

Beatrice, NE 68310


408 N. 33 street 

Beatrice, NE 68310

402-988-2525 402-432-3656 402-223-3514 402-223-3129




Register of Deeds- land records/deeds

Gage County Clerk- Marriage Records 

Clerk of District Courts- Divorce Records 

Bureau of Vital Statistics- Birth and Death records.


   Gage County Historical Society has in their archives, rural school records, Mennonite Hospital records pre WWI, photographs, court docket books, and family records (letters, diaries, certificates, etc.).

In the research library we have the Beatrice Highschool Yearbooks, rural school database, rural cemetery records, Beatrice City Directories, Sandborn Maps and Gage County Atlas. There are also newspaper clippings about families, businesses, and towns in the County. Coming soon a database on Beatrice houses built before 1900.  


 M-F 8-5 

Saturday Closed 

Sunday Closed 


October- March 

Thursday- Saturday 10:00am -4:00pm

April- September 

Wednesday- Saturday 10:00am- 4:00pm 


612 Grant St. 

Beatrice, NE 68310


101 N. 2nd 

Beatrice, NE 68310


402-223-1323 402-228-1679

Church Records

Gage County Historical Society does not have church records. Those are still with the churches that are still going today. However, if you by chance have records of churches no longer in existance in Gage County, please contact the director at 402-228-1679. Below you will find all the churches currently active in Gage County and their phone numbers. 

Adams Churches

American Lutheran Church ELCA 402-988-4445 Adams First United Methodist Church 402-988-3805

Barneston Churches

St. Joseph Catholic Church   402-645-3051 

Beatrice Churches

Christ Church Episcopal 402-380-6893 Saint John Lutheran Church 402-223-5268 Centenary Methodist Church 402-223-3424
Westside Baptist Church 402-520-0868 First Christian Church 402-223-3842 First Mennonite Church 402-251-7180
First Presbyterian Church 402-223-3933 Saint Joseph Catholic Church 402-223-2923

Blue Springs Churches

Blue Springs United Methodist Church   402-645-3189

Clatonia Churches

Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church    402-989-4775

Cortland Churches

St John Lutheran Church 402-989-4775 St. James Catholic Church 402-798-7335 Cortland United Church 402-499-7081





Gage County Accessors 

NebraskAccess (need a Nebraska Public Library card) 

Nebraska Deeds Online

US Gen Web Project- Nebraska-Gage (need Family Search log-in)

Family Search  (Free)

Ancestry  (Paid) (need Ancestry log-in) (Paid)

Find A Grave


Gage County Historical Society and Museum
101 North Second Street
Beatrice, NE, 68310
Phone: 402-228-1679 | Map
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