The following is a list of some of the resources that are available for research
at the Plainsman.
For assistance in researching a particular family, place, or event, please contact the Museum .
Hamilton County Newspapers 1878-1994
Hamilton County Plat Books 1888-1999
History of Hamilton and Clay Counties
Volumes 1 and 2 - published 1923
History of Nebraska - published 1888
Telephone Books 1905-2005
Residential and Business Directories
Sun Directories for 1890 and 1898
Cemetery Indexes from all Hamilton County
Cemeteries (headstone readings only)
Memorial Folders from Aurora funeral parlors 1891-2002
Some Death Records and other related documents
Organizational Records and Texts including
Royal Highlanders, G.A.R., W.R.C.,
Women's Club/19th Century Club, Masons, W.C.T.U.,
Knights of Pythias
Some School and Church Information including
cookbooks, yearbooks, school texts, bibles
Military Information including G.A.R., W.R.C.,
Stars of Gold, World War I, World War II
Other resources including legal documents and
texts, dictionaries, catalogs, County
Extension Agent Materials,
political documents, ethnic resources and
These and many other resources are available at the Plainsman.
The Museum does provide genealogical services for $20 per request and ten cents per copy. Sorry, digital format is not yet available. The genealogy services provided by the Museum include not only using the Museum's artifacts and resources, but also (depending on the request) traveling to the Hamilton County Courthouse; calling area libraries, cemeteries, and genealogical societies; working with the Higby-McQuiston Mortuary and Solt Funeral Home; and Alice M. Farr Library.
If you will be visiting the Plainsman and would like to conduct
research using our collections, please call or write ahead, so that the staff
can gather materials and have them set aside for you.
Museum Hours are: April to October
9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Saturday
1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Sunday
November to March
1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Sunday
210 16th Street
Aurora, NE 68818
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Notice: Due to unauthorized use of the cemetary information, the
Plainsman Museum will no longer copy complete cemetery listings for any Hamilton
county cemetary. When submitting a request, please list the list the name of
the individual(s) that you are searching for (family name is sufficient if first
name is unknown).
Additional information on burials in Hamilton County can be found at Higby-McQuiston Mortuary in Aurora by contacting www.higbymortuary.com