WNFRHC receives Bridgeport News-Blade & Broadwater News microfilm!

The West Nebraska Family Research & History Center has entered into an agreement with the Bridgeport Public Library to host their Bridgeport News Blade and Broadwater News newspaper microfilm collection effective Jan 13th.  The collection consists of 51 reels of the Bridgeport News-Blade newspaper which spans the dates of 11 Jan 1901 through to 29 Oct 2003 and 2 reels of the Broadwater News newspapers which spans the dates of 6 Aug 1914  through to 2 Apr 1925

The microfilm collection will be held at the Center for an indefinite period of time however the Bridgeport Public Library may recalled the collection at any time should they purchase microfilm equipment capable of reading and printing the films.  According to librarian Tammy Covalt, "the library has no plans and no money in the budget to purchased suitable equipment to utilize the microfilm collection so the best place to host the collection is with the research library in Scottsbluff."

We are thrilled to received this collection and are looking forward to using it to help answer research questions that may arise in and around Morrill County.  The films will be kept in microfilm cabinet 2 - drawer 1 (c2d1).

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Genealogy Roundtable Forum: Feb 2017

The West Nebraska Family Research & History Center conducts a monthly Genealogy Roundtable Forum on the third Saturday of each month at 1:30 pm. Topics vary in subject matter and length of presentation but are always followed up by a question & answer period. The programs are free and open to the public.

Fr. Mike McDonald of the Christ the King Catholic Church in Gering will be presenting a program about his research in Ireland and Germany and his subsequent visits to both countries.  Fr. Mike has some really interesting stories and fascinating artifacts to share with everyone.  We are excited to hear this story as we've not had anyone talk about researching and/or visiting Ireland before.

Please note that in order to accommodate Fr. Mike we will be meeting at 11:00am on February 18th instead of our traditional 1:30pm time.

You are more than welcome to bring a lunch and then join us for cookies and coffee following the forum presentation.

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New Scottsbluff Japanese Hall group forming and requesting support pledges.

Long time patron and contributor to our institution, Vickie Schaepler of North Platte, has initiated an effort to save and preserve the only remaining Japanese Community Hall in Nebraska.  Quoting from her letter which is linked below "Efforts are underway to save this hall and the history of the Japanese in Nebraska. To prevent the building from being torn down, arrangements have been made with The Legacy of the Plains Museum in Gering to accept the building, if funding can be secured. Before proceeding, it is necessary to see if there is interest in preserving this building and history. If there is interest, it has been recommended that a 501(c)3 be organized, a board designated, name established, and fundraising and possible grant writing efforts can begin.

Click here to view/print the Pledge of Support letter

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Did you know?

Over 330 FamilySearch digital camera teams worldwide will digitally preserve 125–150 million historical records in 2017 for free online access. Another 200 million images will be added from FamilySearch's microfilm conversion project that uses 25 specialized machines to convert its vast microfilm collection at its Granite Mountain Records Vault for online access. Over 30 percent of the 2.4 million rolls of microfilm have already been digitized and published online. The digital collections can be located in the FamilySearch.org catalog online and by perusing collection lists by location.  For those documents and microfilm images that have yet to be digitized and placed online, the microfilm can be rented from the LDS and sent directly to the West Nebraska Family Research & History Center for viewing, printing and digitizing.  Questions?  Let us know how we can help you.

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Minatare History Book Committee (MHBC)

The Minatare History Book Committee which meets every Monday at the West Nebraska Family Research & History Center at 10:00am has finished collecting and compiling information for their history book project.  Their goal of publishing the History of Minatare, Nebraska in early March appears to be on schedule as excitement continues to build for the much anticipated printed volume.  We will let everyone know as soon as book orders are being accepted.  For additional information on the book please contact one of the committee members listed below.

• Juanita Baker - racoon@scottsbluff.net
• Jolene (Webber) Kaufman - (308) 436-9715
• Betty (Kelso) Kenyon - betty.kenyon1@gmail.com
• Sharon (Curtis) Johns - shrn_johns@yahoo.com
• Wanda (Steffensmeir) Mowery - jwmowry@vistabeam.com
• Alice (Jessup) Reuter - areuter@embarqmail.com
• Linda Judd - (254) 239-7050

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Rebecca Winters Genealogical Society (RWGS)

The RWGS meets the second Wednesday of each month usually at the Lied Scottsbluff Public Library.  Newsletter items can be e-mail directly to newsletter editor and society secretary, Jeanie Knudtson at jeaniekingknud@yahoo.com.