Polk County Digital Archives – The Polk County Historical Society has spearheaded a project to digitize all Polk County newspapers and many local history books. DIGITAL ARCHIVES
- Newspapers Available
- The Headlight (1885-1993)
- Osceola Record (1876-1993)
- Shelby Sun (1901 – 1993)
- Polk Progress (1909-1989)
- Polk County Democrat (1895-1944)
- Polk County News (1994-2014)
- Local History Books
- History of Stromsburg 1872-1972
- History of Stromsburg 1872-1997
- Polk County Heritage (1975)
- Shelby Centennial 1879-1979
- Osceola 1871-1971
- Polk Memoirs 1874-1974
- Polking Around.
Many local courthouse records are digitized and available on Family Search
Genealogy Requests (See full policy under About Us -> Library Policies)
1. A charge of $5 per item will be imposed on obituary requests. Specific dates are required. A charge of $10 per item will be assessed for other types of research requests.
2. Advanced payment is required after library staff agrees to research submitted requests.
3. Library staff limits individuals to six (6) requests.
The Stromsburg Public Library has a collection of unique history and genealogy books available for your family history search. Please visit our ON-LINE CATALOG to search for your specific needs.
The Genealogy Club meets in the Stromsburg Public Library meeting room the last Tuesday of each month at 7 pm. For more information call the library.
Stromsburg Newspapers on Microfilm — The Stromsburg Public Library has available on microfilm previous issues of newspapers printed in Stromsburg, Nebraska. The following newspaper copies are in the library:
- The Osceola Record – 08/27/1873 through 06/05/1894
- The Polk Progress – 08/19/1909 through 06/30/1938
- The Stromsburg Headlight – 10/01/1885 through 12/31/1993
- The Polk County News – 01/01/1994 through 2014
- The Stromsburg News, The Stromsburg Republican, and The Stromsburg Weekly: 07/25/1890 through 11/21/1918
Additional research may be requested of other local residents privately and under terms agreeable to both parties.
Additional online resources:
- History Nebraska
- Find a Grave
- Nebraska Studies
- Ancestry.com Collection of family history information
- Ellis Island Records Immigration Records from Ellis Island
- Family Search Search the database of genealogy records at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints
- Vital Records How to obtain birth, death & marriage information state by state
- Roots Web
- Family Tree Maker