WNFRHC Receives Nebraska State Genealogical Society Family Recognition Files

In our never-ending pursuit to bring researchers potential brick wall breaking research material, the West Nebraska Family Research & History Center applied for and was chosen as the new home for the Nebraska State Genealogical Society's Family Recognition files.  The NSGS plans to digitize the files and place them on their website but the actual original paper copies will remain here at the Center for patron perusal.  An index of names is being compiled and will be available on both our website at wnfrhc.org and the state society's website at nsgs.org

The Nebraska State Genealogical Society's Family Recognition Certificate program began in 1981 as a way for early Nebraska families to be recognized and honored for their contributions to the development of the great state of Nebraska.  The award certificate is issued by the Nebraska State Genealogical Society and is signed by the society's president, the certificate then travels to the Nebraska Secretary of State's office for their endorsement and signature by the current Nebraska Secretary of State.

In order to be eligible to receive recognition through this program a descendant must fill out an application and submit proof of residency for the individual(s) that will be named on the certificate.  There are three levels of recognition each of which covers a specific time period in Nebraska's early history.  First Family recognition is available for families that settled in Nebraska prior to statehood in 1867, Pioneer Family recognition is available for families that settled in Nebraska between 1868 and 1879 and finally Century Family recognition is for families that settled in Nebraska at least 100 years prior the application date.

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Genealogy Roundtable Forum: Apr 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.

Minatare Historical Committee to Discuss Book Project

The Minatare Historical Committee which usually meets every Monday at the West Nebraska Family Research & History Center at 10:00am will present a program on how the development of Minatare Memories - A historical account of the Tabor-Minatare community of western Nebraska evolved into a 360 page book including 1200 family surnames. Their discussion will be held on Saturday, April 22nd at 1:30pm and will include everything they have learned while creating the book including the geological beginnings of the area to settlement and development of the town, farming & irrigation, the arrival of the railroad, creation of schools, churches and family stories.  The first edition of their much anticipated and very diligently researched history book will be available for sale at the event for $25.00, tax included.

 

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Brian Croft
NE150 : Nebraska Statehood

We welcomed back Brian Croft, English and History instructor at WNCC, who presented a program on the background of Nebraska’s statehood, from its territorial controversies and in-house politics to the Federal demand for a revision of its proposed state Constitution.  Brian has such an incredible amount of knowledge on the state of Nebraska and keeps the subject so interesting that he is very easy to listen to while you absorb the information.  Although he covered a lot of ground in his discussion we craved more and kept him longer than we're sure he anticipated.

Brian brought with him a number of 1867-era maps and other pieces of ephemera that he often referred to during his discussion, Some of the maps in his collection are very rare and we feel privileged and thrilled that he shared them with us.

If you missed this program, you really missed an opportunity to learn about Nebraska from a dedicated professional.

 As a side note, this forum event is part of the statewide NE150 celebration as indicated below:

Congratulations! The Nebraska 150 Celebration is pleased to inform you that “NE150: A Roundtable Forum at the West Nebraska Family Research & History Center” has been approved as an Official Event of the Nebraska Sesquicentennial. This event fits wonderfully with our mission and we are excited to add it to our celebration.

Regan Anson | Executive Director | Nebraska 150 Celebration

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What's New:

The following items have been added to our collection and are located in the Carole Tucker Reading Room:

• Nebraska's Cowboy Rail Line : Images of Rail series
                 - c2009 - by Keith Terry - 127 pages

• Historic Railroads of Nebraska : Images of Rail series
                 - c2002 - by Michael M. Bartels and James J. Reisdorff - 128 pages

• Simple Times, Simple Pleasures : Growing up in the 1930's and '40s, a scrapbook of memories
                 - c2004 - by Helen Merrell - 95 pages

• A brief story of Samual Willard "Will" Ripley and wife, Anna (Johnson) Ripley
                 - c2017 - by Dr. Don Gentry - 10 pages

• 1941-47 School District Treasurer's Record book : School District #50, Scotts Bluff Co.
                 - F.J. Kaufman, then Willard Whitney, School Treasurers - 25 pages used

• 1948-53 School District Treasurer's Record book : School District #50, Scotts Bluff Co.
                 - Willard Whitney, School Treasurer - 24 pages used

• 1953-54 School District Treasurer's Record book : School District #50, Scotts Bluff Co.
                 - Willard Whitney, School Treasurer - 5 pages used

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Contributions & Donations:

We wish to gratefully and publicly acknowledge the recent research material donations and/or financial contributions by the following individuals and/or organizations.  Their contributions and support is paramount to our success and we truly appreciate their generosity.

• Mary "Francie" Warren

• Peggy Fulk

• Dr. Don Gentry

 **The West Nebraska Family Research & History Center was incorporated in the state of Nebraska in 2003 as a not-for-profit, public genealogy and local history research library.  Funding provided primarily through donations**

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R E M I N D E R !

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.

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