Reclaim The Records wins and publishes the Nebraska Death Index, 1905-1968
Greetings from Reclaim The Records! We're your favorite little non-profit organization that picks fights with government agencies, archives, and libraries for better public access to genealogical records and historical materials. And we're back today to announce that we recently won and just released more free records, this time from the Midwest.
Introducing the first-ever publication of the Nebraska Death Index, now online for free public use at the artfully-named NebraskaDeathIndex.com!
This is the first time that this data has been available to the public anywhere, in any format. Nebraska death certificates are open to the public after fifty years, but highly restricted for more recent years. Weirdly, the state of Nebraska only seems to issue certified copies, not uncertified/informational/genealogy copies, no matter how old the certificate is.
For more information about how we fought the state to get the data released, please read our latest newsletter, which has all the details, as well as links to the actual records request we made, the initial denial of our request, the Nebraska Attorney General's Office overruling the denial, and the eventual capitulation of the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services:
And to search the data, check out the snazzy new website we built:
And should you feel like making an end-of-the-year donation to Reclaim the Records (a 501c3 non-profit), we would gratefully accept chocolate gelt, or even the real thing. ;-)