We would like to invite you to re-visit our website, The POORHOUSE STORY (a
clearinghouse for information about 19th century American poorhouses) at
Please excuse the cross-posting, but we wanted to notify every county which
had a poor farm as of 1920.
We just posted a document which can be very helpful in understanding the
poorhouse and poor relief history of NEBRASKA. It is an article titled
"Homes of the Poor"(Reprinted from Omaha World Herald, October, 1920)from
pages 237-241 of the
History of Hamilton and Clay Counties Nebraska, 1921. It should be noted
that the article indicates the status of poorhouses (or poor farms)in 53
COUNTIES ... not just Hamilton & Clay. Because the article did not present
the counties in alphabetical order ... we have done so in a table based on
that data. But you may also read the scanned pages of the original article
as it was published. There is information given about how the indigent were
cared for in counties which did NOT have poor farms. But of special interest
will be the fact that there were poor farms in all of the following
At the homepage (link above) click on POORHOUSES BY STATE, then on NEBRASKA
on the table of states. If you have been to the website recently you may
have to click REFRESH or RELOAD on the browser to see the new information.
There are other pages on the site which may give you some interesting
perspective on poorhouses. They are off the homepage and include: the
HISTORY page and the LETTER TO GENEALOGISTS as well as FEATURED ARTICLES.
There are great tips for researching poorhouse records for yourself on the
RECORDS page; and you might want to subscribe to our (almost) monthly
newletter (which you can do in the lower right corner of the homepage).
The information on our site will only grow through the submissions of
generous readers. If you would like to e-mail me ... please do so off-list
because I cannot maintain subscriptions to as many lists as we post messages
on. (You can use an e-mail link off one of our web pages.)
We hope you enjoy the site!
(aka=The Poorhouse Lady)