name is Frances and
I am the host for
this Nebraska Genealogy Trails State Website.
State - Admission to statehood - March 1, 1867
was part of the Louisiana Purchase of 1803. Before the 1860s most pioneers passed through Nebraska along
the Platte River Valley on their way to California and Oregon. During the 1860s, homesteaders poured into
Nebraska to claim free land grants; many of the first farm settlers built their homes out of sod because trees
were so sparse. The major factor in organizing the territory was
the building of the Pacific Railroad.
became the 37th state in 1867, shortly after the American Civil War. At that time the capital was moved from
Omaha to Lancaster, later renamed Lincoln after the recently assassinated
President of the United States, Abraham Lincoln. The population in 1860
was 28,841, the estimated population for 2005 was 1,758,787.
five largest ancestry groups in Nebraska are German, Irish, English,
Swedish and Czech.
gets its name from a Native American (Oto) word meaning "flat water", after the Platte River that flows through the state.