SCAM Genealogy Books!

Several years ago I purchased a book titled The BISHOP Family Heritage Book by Beatrice Bayley Inc., for $7.50 from someone that bought the book at a garage sale and was consequently disappointed in her purchase and decided to sell it.  Since my paternal grandmother was a BISHOP I figured the book might be worth taking a look at.  When I received the book I immediately set about examining it for ANY connection to my BISHOP ancestors, what I discovered was exactly the same thing the previous owners discovered.  The Beatrice Bayley Heritage books are a scam and not really genealogically worth the paper its printed on!  Miffed and a little upset that I didn't investigate the book or the publisher prior to purchasing it, I decided I would try to find out more about the company, Beatrice Bayley, Inc. and other companies like it that produce books designed to mislead the new genealogist and family history researcher.  My initial thought was to throw the book away but then I thought maybe it could be used as a teaching tool at the Center so I cataloged it and added it to a collection books in my office not accessible to our visitors.  I have had an opportunity to show the book to a couple of people over the years but for the most part it just sits on the shelf waiting to be perused.  Well, recently we received another book similar to the Beatrice Bayley book except it is published and copyrighted by Halbert's Family Heritage.  The book has the pretty much the exact same layout and format as the Beatrice Bayley book but published by another company.  I looked into the publisher, Halbert's Family Heritage, Inc and discovered they have been publishing books with the same format but using several different title templates, for example The World Book of [surname], or The [surname], since (year), or more recently, The NEW World Book of [surname].

My advice to you with regards to purchasing a "Family History" book which focuses on a specific surname is that you should carefully research the company that is purporting they can provide you with a complete history of your specified surname.  In hindsight I should have realized that no one can provide a complete history of any of my family surnames.  Although I only spent $7.50 on the BISHOP book, thousands of people have been duped for much more.  Please beware............Floyd


Genealogy Roundtable Forum: Nov 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.

Ellis Island...or not!

Staff member Barb Goldman will present her program about Ellis Island for our November 15th forum.  She will start the discussion with the earliest inhabitants (Native Americans) of New York and the island known as Ellis Island and then she'll move on to other early immigrant stations on the west coast 'welcoming' Chinese and Japanese immigrants and how they were treated.

The majority of the presentation will be on the New York stations beginning with Castle Garden and then Ellis Island.  She'll talk about the struggles of the immigrants.....what issues caused them to leave their homeland, the struggles of just getting to a port, the horrific conditions on the early ships, the ways they were taken advantage of before they left the ports and then again when they arrived in the U.S.

Barb plans to include several pictures she's taken at the island and will relate stories about what Ellis Island has become.  Barb also has several stories from and about some of the immigrants.



The field trip to the Old Boot Hill Cemetery in Sidney was fun and eerie all at the same time!!  Walking around the cemetery in the dark seemed to be rather anticlimactic until the digital pictures we took were view full size on our computers!  WOW!!  Below are some of the images captured by those in attendance at the ghost tour.  The orbs you see in the photos are yet to be explained by anyone and as will be attested by everyone there, they were not visible to anyone on the property at the time the photos were taken, very strange indeed.  As mentioned last month, the cemetery is only opened once a year and specifically for the ghost tour, maybe you'll consider going on the tour next year.

Following the pictures is a link to a page on our website which showcases more of the images taken at the cemetery that night.


What's New:

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

• History of Co., D - 314th Engineers ~ WW1
                         - c1919 - by Willis B. Bridges - 64p

• Historic Families of Kentucky
 - c1966 - by Thomas M. Green - 304p

• Central City and the History of Gilpin Co., Colorado
                         - c1990 - by Darlene Leslie, Kelle Rankin-Sunter & Deborah Wightman - 80p

• Maps of the Oregon Trail
                         - c1990 - by Gregory M. Franzwa - 295p

• Missouri Genealogical Notes from the Liberty Tribune: v2 -1858-1868
                         - c1992 - Nadine Hodges & Audrey L. Woodruff - p136

• Missouri Pioneers: v8 - County and Genealogical Records
                         - c1992 - Nadine Hodges & Audrey L. Woodruff - p128

• Crawford County, Missouri Marriage Records : Book A -1829-1855
                         - c1992 - Audrey L. Woodruff - 60p

• Missouri Statewide Obituary Index: as published in the St. Louis Christian Advocate-1851-1882
                         - c1992 -  Audrey L. Woodruff - 130p



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.

• Barbara & Greg Erion

• Willing Workers Homemakers Club

• Lorraine Brown

• Mary "Francie" Warren

• Rhonda Brower

• Donna Dufek & Dome Rockers Questers


 **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**


WNFRHC Collection Acquisition Policy

A question about our acquisition policy was posed to us by one of our enewsletter subscribers so we thought if one person was interested in the answer there might be others.  First and foremost we will accept donations from anyone for research material from any location.  Research materials can be just about anything that may contain details about people, for example, city directories, phonebooks, county history books, plat maps, family bibles (if there are hand written family tree notes inside), cookbooks (if there are brief biographies and/or photos of the people that submit the recipes), compiled obituary books, memorial cards, compiled family histories (including those created digitally and saved to a CD), school annuals or yearbooks, personal scrapbooks, photo albums, biographies, etc.  However, when we receive funds designated specifically to purchase items for our collection we will adhere to the following policy.  We will look for anything that has been or will be published about Scotts Bluff County, if we find nothing new we will expand our search for new material that is or will be published about the counties surrounding Scotts Bluff Co., including Goshen Co., Wyoming, finding nothing new we will expand our search for new material from anywhere in Nebraska, finding nothing new we will then expand our search to include states that surround Nebraska, finding nothing new we will expand our search to include the entire United States, finding nothing new we will expand our search to include all other countries.

We do offer a joint purchase option for our patrons, which means if you know of a book or other item that we should add to our collection and you're willing to pay for half the cost we will pay the other half and let you have first access to the item when it arrives at the Center.  For example, lets say county xyz plans to publish a new history book where the cost is $60.00.  If you would like to expedite the ordering of the book and make it available as soon as possible, you may pay half the cost ($30.00) and the Center will pay the other half, including any shipping charges, and will order the book.  As soon as the book arrives you will be notified and given the opportunity to take it home to read but it must be returned within three weeks.