April 26, 2008

Welcome to another G.O.G.S. site.

Recently we were able to locate a cache of Omaha marriage records from the early 1940’s that were not microfilmed. Working with the folks from Douglas County Historical Society, we have scanned and are indexing these marriages so that even more information can be made available for people to find ancestors. The records were hand written which also contributes to slower indexing in an effort to get the spellings as correct as possible. When we are done, we will be making the indexed images available at the W. Dale Clark Library and Douglas County Historical Society as well as through the Genealogy Society. During the indexing process, if you find something you want, contact the Genealogy Society. Usual rates apply.

This site is an index to marriage licenses at the W. Dale Clark library on microfilm. We find people have come here from all over the country to marry, and they are included if they have a license. Even those who got a license, but did not marry are included because there may be critical information on the application.

Indexed marriage licenses will give both the bride & groom’s names, sometimes their ages, the month and year of marriage, and when applicable, the marriage license number (be sure to include that number if there is one).

Whether you want a paper copy of the license or an emailed copy, the cost will be $5 to cover our costs. Mail your request along with your check to: Greater Omaha Genealogical Society, PO  Box 4011, Omaha, NE 68104.

or email gogsresearch@gmail.com

3rd choice: You can also contact W. Dale Clark Library, 215 S 15th, Omaha, NE 68102. See their website for currant research charges.

Please be as specific as possible as to which marriage you want, as there is going to be more than one person with the same or similar name, especially as the site grows.  The early years do not include a certificate number, although more recent ones do.  Check for nickname forms of the name as well, if you believe someone you’re looking for was married in our area, but not appearing in the index.

We have access to many marriage licenses not yet in our index.  We have marriage films up through about 2005. (They aren’t all in the card catalog, but they are here and usable.)  There is no index available yet past 1932 other than what you find here, although there is a filmed index prior to 1932.
Please understand that some of the un-indexed years have several reels of film for a single year, filed numerically instead of alphabetically, so a date is very important for your budget, and our researchers success in finding your certificate(s).

   Be aware that while we don’t have indexes for every thing, we also have reels of Washington county, NE, Sarpy county, NE marriages & several other counties, some of which we are indexing, so if you have a date, we might be able to find a license copy for you. Check our links on right side of screen. Regular G.O.G.S. research fees apply to any not in our indexes. For other Nebraska counties that we have microfilmed marriage records to, go to the http://www.Omahalibrary.org web site and check the card catalog. Again, no indexes at the present time are available beyond what we have on-line.

NOTE: We’ve run across several of the missing marriage books so far, although “missing” isn’t a total loss after all. Several have been retrieved from archives and the books are being scanned into computer images & are being indexed. We don’t know whether they’ll be able to locate ALL of the missing books, but efforts are being made. Several located volumes have been scanned and the indexed names are now available here. When names are indexed, they are available through the Society.

Errors in name spelling may be our typographical error, but a clerical error at point of origin may have happened, or the clerk may have had bad handwriting that makes deciphering difficult. (We often pass around the old licenses to get a second or third opinion as we type. If you do find something you question in spelling, let us know and we’ll check. Although, if we’ve made a mistake, it may take awhile to get it fixed, as we have to go to the library to check.

Happy hunting.