Mayflower Ancestors?

Do you have Mayflower ancestors? If so you may already know that 2020 marks the 400th anniversary of the Mayflower’s voyage to America. If you weren't aware of that milestone you certainly are now. And, if you have or suspect you may have Mayflower ancestors now is a good time to start thinking about researching that line of your family. Due to the Mayflower's voyage anniversary you'll find several websites dedicated to providing you with information to help you with your research. Some websites such as will be freely accessible and yet others such as the New England Historic and Genealogical Society's Mayflower Heritage and History web page at will be partially fee based. We will provide more Mayflower history, information and websites in other newsletters in 2020, stay tuned.

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.




  • Last Living Mount Rushmore Carver Dies At 98
    Donald "Nick" Clifford was one of nearly 400 men and women who worked on the iconic American monument died on Saturday, November, 23rd at a hospice in Rapid City, S.D., at the age of 98.
    Clifford, who celebrated his last birthday in July, was immensely proud of his work on the mountainside as a teenager. "I feel like Mount Rushmore was the greatest thing with which I was ever involved," he told the Rapid City Journal. "It tells a story that will never go away — the story of how America was made and the men who helped make it what it is today."

GEDMatch Sold to California Company

After many controversies concerning terms of service, security, and unchallenged court orders, third party DNA site GEDMatch has been sold to Verogen, Inc., a San Diego, California company.
“I am confident that we have found an ideal partner for GEDmatch,” said founder Curtis Rogers. “Verogen understands our philosophy and shares the vision of GEDmatch, which has always been about using science to connect people,” Rogers said. “Verogen is able to support our growth while staying true to our roots.”
Although this news is only about week old there is already concern that the old GEDMatch site will be transformed and geared towards crime-fighting rather than family history research as indicated in a statement by Brett Williams, CEO of Verogen, "a new version of the existing site will focus on solving crimes, not just connecting family members via their DNA.”

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:

  • Furnas County, Nebraska : Past and Present
    c1987 - by the Furnas Co., Genealogical Society - 588 p.
  • Ravenna Centennial : 1886-1986
    c1986 - by the Ravenna Genealogical and Historical Society - 292 p.
  • Lakota-English Dictionary
    c1983 - by Rev. Eugene Buechel, S.J. - 853 p.
  • Light on the Prairie : Solomon D. Butcher, Photographer of Nebraska's pioneer days
    c2012 - by Nancy Plain - 113 p.
  • Roadside History of Nebraska
    c1997 - by Candy Moulton - 392 p.
  • Happy Times in Norway
    c1942 - by Sigrid Undset - 230 p.
  • 1946 Prairie Echo : St. Patrick's Academy, Sidney, Nebraska
    c1946 - Mary Jo McIntosh [editor] - 100 p.

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.
  • Karolyn "Mattie" Robinson
  • Katharine Nelson
  • Mary "Francie" Warren
  • Nancy Clapp
**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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