October is National Family History Month!

In honor of National Family History month the National Archives and Records Administration will be conducting their 8th annual Virtual Genealogy Fair while holding a series of live webinars on October 28th, 29th and 30th.  The West Nebraska Family Research & History Center has teamed up with the NARA to broadcast the webinars to public for free.  The live webinars will be projected on the Center's big screen in addition to other equipment which will allow fair attendees to communicate directly with the NARA staff during the presentations.  Below is a copy of the daily schedule.  You are welcome to attend some of all of the sessions at the Center.


Genealogy Roundtable Forum: Oct 2014

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.

The Genealogy Roundtable Forum for October 18th is actually going to be a fieldtrip to the original Boot Hill Cemetery in Sidney, Nebraska.

The cemetery is only opened once a year and specifically for the annual Boot Hill Ghost Tour.  Come and hear the story of Sidney's oldest cemetery. You'll have an opportunity to learn how to dowse for graves or just bring your camera and take pictures of those that are...you never know what you may get a picture of!

We will meet at the Center at 5pm for a bring your own carry-in dinner.  While we eat we'll decide who going to drive and who's going to ride, then we'll load up into several vehicles and carpool to the cemetery.  The tour costs $10.00 per person and will start at dark.  We are planning to leave the Center at approximately 5:30pm and arriving at the cemetery by 7pm.  The tour sponsors usually have hot chocolate, cider or something else hot to drink in addition to a fire pit to get warm around.  Since we are in the middle of October it might be a good idea to bring a coat and gloves to help keep the chill at bay.  Please feel free to contact the Center with any questions you might have.

The cemetery does have a website for those that are interested in a brief history of the cemetery.  http://www.sidneyboothill.com



A big THANK YOU! to Sheriff Lawson for his very informative presentation on legal system resources available to the family historian.  Jim discussed the national FBI database available to law enforcement officials and some resources family historians have access to through the courthouse or the sheriff's office.


What's New:

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

• Nebraska POW Camps: A History of World War II Prisoners in the Heartland
                         - c2014 - by Melissa Amateis Marsh - 171p

• It Happened in Nebraska: Remarkable Events That Shaped History
 - c2004 - by Tammy Partsch - 136p

• Unspeakable Sadness: The Dispossession of the Nebraska Indians
                         - c1994 - by David J. Wishart - 309p

• Like No Other Place: The Sandhills of Nebraska
                         - c2010 - by David A. Owen - 145p

• Having Our Say: The Delany Sisters' First 100 Years
                         - c1993 - Sarah and A. Elizabeth Delany w/Amy Hill Hearth - 210p

• On Solid Ground
                         - c1996 - Tom Osborne - 266p


Contributions & Donations:

We wish to gratefully and publically 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.

• Jeanie Knudtson

• Mike McDonald

• Lois Oba

• Joan Johns

 **The West Nebraska Family Research & History Center was incorporated in the state of Nebraska in 2004 as a not-for-profit, public genealogy and local history research library.  Funding provided primarily through donations**



Apparently CyberGremlins had an effect on the last newsletter for those subscribers that use Google Chrome as their browser which includes most tablets.  The image of the picture of the little boy appeared upside down to some newsletter readers.  I can't explain why Google Chrome caused this issue but Internet Explorer users and Mozilla Firefox users did not experience the same problem.  Rather than resend the exact same newsletter out a second time and take a chance of the image being upside down again I have elected to include a different picture in this newsletter for those that want to see it right side up.

We apologize for the inconvenience but it has turned out to be something out of our control.