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My name is Frances and I am the host for this Nebraska Genealogy Trails State Website.

37th State - Admission to statehood - March 1, 1867

The Cornhusker State

Nebraska 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.

Nebraska 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.

The five largest ancestry groups in Nebraska are German, Irish, English, Swedish and Czech.

Nebraska gets its name from a Native American (Oto) word meaning "flat water", after the Platte River that flows through the state.


Nebraska is bordered by South Dakota to the north;
Iowa and Missouri to the east, across the Missouri River;
Kansas to the south; Colorado to the southwest; and Wyoming to the west.

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