Questions/Answers about our online Searchable Database

Below is another question that was e-mailed to us about our online database. As mentioned before we will address other questions about the database in future issues of this newsletter. If you have a specific question you'd like to ask, use this Contact Us link or visit our website and follow the link on the menu bar.
Q. In regards to the funeral home or mortuary records in the database, do you have actual records or just a list of names from the records of a particular funeral home/mortuary?
A. The short answer is BOTH. We have some original paper records from three funeral homes/mortuaries, the first and largest collection is from the Walton G. Roberts Funeral Home in Lincoln, Nebraska. The original records in this collection have been both scanned and indexed and added to our online database, each name links to its appropriate record image. Some of the very early records from the WGR mortuary were written in large ledger style books instead of individual pages so we've scanned each page of the two ledger books. In addition to the Walton G. Roberts Funeral Home records we have one large ledger style record book for the Fisher Mortuary that was in Mitchell and one large ledger style record book for the Vance Mortuary that was in O'Dell, Nebraska, we have not scanned nor indexed either of those two books just yet. We also have an index of names from some other mortuaries/funeral homes without the actual record set. For example, we have a partial list of names from the Bonham Funeral Home in Kimball that was given to us by Betty Allen, we also have indexes for both the Read-Maser Funeral Home and Prohs Funeral Home as well. We are constantly on the look out for original records that we can index, scan or digitize and add to our database. If you know where a record set is and it's looking for a good home let us know and we'll pursue it.

Genealogy Roundtable Forum: Aug 2019


Robert Zemanek : Let's Talk DNA

Our friend and DNA guru, Robert Zemanek, is back again for the fourth year in a row to talk about DNA and genealogy research.
We understand that some of the concepts of applying DNA testing to genealogy research is complex and therefore have arranged for Robert to come talk to us again. Robert will briefly go over DNA testing procedures, the various companies offering DNA testing and how the DNA test results will be returned to you and what are considered reasonable expectations.
Robert will spend a considerable amount of time trying to answer questions for those that have had DNA tests done but don't quite understand the results they got back or how to apply that information to their genealogy research.
Although Robert is reluctant to recommend a specific company for people to use for DNA testing, he certainly has an opinion he is willing to share based on what the individual is trying to accomplish by having a DNA test done.
As always this program is free and open to the public.

The Westervelt Story by Gretchen Deter

We wish to extend our gratitude to Gretchen Deter for presenting her program on the Westervelt family and their journey into Nebraska and their contributions to the settlement of the panhandle region. We also want thank the Westervelt family for being present at this program and sharing their memories and family stories with our forum attendees.
The program focused on the sons, grandsons and great-grandsons of James Henry Westervelt, a founding father of not only Scottsbluff and Gering, but who also left his mark in Custer County as well. The attending Weservelts brought with them a few family heirlooms that they spoke about and shared with everyone including some original Scottsbluff Republican newspapers which was founded by the Westervelt family.
Eugene T Westervelt
E.T. Westervelt
eldest son of James H. & Lorena A. (Day) Westervelt

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:

  • History of Livingston Co., Illinois
    c1991 - by the Livingston Co., History Book Committee - 342 pgs
  • History of Buchanan Co., Missouri
    c1974 - by the Buchanan Co., Historical Committee - 1130 pgs
  • History of Minnehaha Co., Minnesota
    c1988 - by the Minnehaha History Book Committee - 668 pgs
  • The first 100 years in Codington Co., South Dakota
    c1979 - by the Codington Co., History Committee - 485 pgs.
  • The Ten­mile Coun­try And It­s Pioneer Fam­i­lies :
    A Ge­nealog­i­cal His­to­ry of the Up­per Monon­ga­he­la Val­ley, Pennsylvania
    c1997 - by Howard Leckey - 677p.
  • Nebraska, the first 100 years
    c1958 - by William W. Zellner & Ruth Laird, M.A. Prof. Emeritus - 585 pgs.
  • Pennsylvania 1790 Census
    c1966 - by the Genealogical Publishing Co. - 426 pgs
  • 1961 Lamp : West Nebraska General Hospital School of Nursing annual
    c1961 - Patricia Clough & Margaret Lockert [co-editors] - 48 pgs
  • 1964 Lamp : West Nebraska General Hospital School of Nursing annual
    c1964 - [editor unknown] - 48 pgs
  • 1970 Anokasan : Chadron State Teachers College annual
    c 1970 - Douglas Damerst [editor] - 312 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.
  • Charlotte E. Ward
  • Gering Public Library
  • Bob & Barb Goldman
**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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