The West Nebraska Family Research & History Center's online "People Database" surpasses 100,000 records!

Since our inception back in March 2004, the all-volunteer staff here at the Center have been indexing obituaries, memorial cards, funeral home records, marriage records, probate files, etc., basically anything that contains information that may be useful for family history researchers. All those records are stored in our online searchable "People Database" which can be found in the sliding menu at the top of our website. Researchers have the ability to search the database by entering specific terms in the search box and then have those records sorted according to their preference. The search results page will display a list of very basic information based on word(s) searched, i.e. Surname, First name, Middle name, Maiden name, AKA (also known as) Name, Date of Birth, Date of Death and Available Records. In order to view detailed information on an individual in the search results list the researcher clicks the Surname which is an active link. It should be noted that a membership to the site is required to view the detail screen of a person in the search results list. A membership based system was implemented in order to help fund and grow the website and some of our current and future projects which will ultimately be added to the online database.

Genealogy Roundtable Forum: June 2019
Field Trip to Alliance

The West Nebraska Family Research & History Center is once again planning a Field Trip for one of our regularly scheduled Genealogy Roundtable Forums, this year we are planning to visit the Nebraska Veterans Cemetery at Alliance, the Sallows Military Museum and finally the Knight Museum and Sandhills Center. Specific details about this trip including the itinerary and a registration form has been posted on our website at the Alliance Field Trip Registration form page.

We would like to extend our most sincere gratitude to Bob Manasek for presenting his program on the history of the Scottsbluff National Monument and the Oregon Trail Museum which is part of the park headquarters complex. Bob shared many photos of the national park and how it's development has progressed though years. Bob discussed the current building construction schedule and even shared the new floor plan and goals for the facility once the project is complete. Needless to say this program was very informative and quite enlightening from a very well prepared presenter.

Genealogy on the Web & Announcements

In keeping with our commitment to provide our readers with information they may find useful in their family and local history research we are pleased to pass along the information below as it was received by us. If you have an announcement you'd like to make and it fits within our mission let us know and we'll get it in a future newsletter.


  • June 22, 2019 - West Nebraska Family Research & History Center sponsored field trip to the Knight Museum and Sandhills Center, the Sallows Military Museum and the Nebraska Veterans Cemetery at Alliance. This event will take the place of our regularly scheduled roundtable forum for June. More details will be provided in next months newsletter but set the date aside now.


  • Free Genealogy Search Help for Google
    This free genealogy site helps you use Google™ for your research. It creates a series of different searches using tips or "tricks" that will likely improve your results using Google to find ancestry information on the Internet.
  • Washington State Digital Archives
    The Washington State Digital Archives is the nation's first archives dedicated specifically to the preservation of electronic records from both State and Local agencies that have permanent legal, fiscal or historical value. The web interface and database storehouse were custom designed specifically for the Digital Archives to hold the unique and very important electronic records found throughout the state, and to provide simple, straight forward access to researchers.

What's New:

The following items have been recently added to our collection. Most items, once cataloged, can be located in the Carole Tucker Reading Room:

  • The descendants of John Teape and Elizabeth Bunce
    c1984 - by Jesse H. Day - 304 p.
  • Teape : a genealogy, with special reference to those outside the U.S.
    c1983 - by Jesse H. Day - 110 pgs.
  • The American descendants of Altmaier and Wiesen and related families
    c1980 - by Russell & Joyce Luce - 293 pgs.
  • 2018-19 Nebraska Blue Book : v54
    c2019 - Kate Heltzer [editor] - 992 pgs.
  • Charles McIntire of Colonial Virginia
    c1981 - by June R. (McIntire) Taylor & Lois M. (McIntire) Salisbury - 323 pgs.
  • Eva Abigail Smith : a child of the Nebraska frontier
    c1941 - by Seth H. Buell - 88 pgs.
  • Ancestral Trails : the complete guide to British Genealogy and Family History
    c2004 - by Mark Herber - 873 pgs
  • We pulled together-- and won!
    c1993 - Deb Mulvey [editor] - 162 pgs.
  • V-E day : America's greatest generation and their World War II triumph
    c2005 - - 122 pgs.
  • Granger History of Nemaha County, Nebraska
    c1902 - by John H. Dundas - 222 pgs.
  • History of the 87th Mountain Infantry, Italy, 1945
    c - by Capt. George F. Earle - 215 pgs.

Contributions & Donations:

We wish to gratefully acknowledge the recent research material donations and/or financial contributions by the following individuals or organizations. Their contributions and support is paramount to our success and we truly appreciate their generosity.
  • Koni Rein
  • Linda Newberry
  • Katharine Nelson
  • Clerk of the Nebraska Legislature
  • Pat Gribble
  • Alice Reuter
  • Marilyn Reno
  • Jo Beeney
**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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