OPAC?? - What is that?

OPAC is the Online Public Access Catalogue or, in other words, the library catalogue.  It is an online or digital version of the old paper card catalogue from years ago.  The catalogue database should list all of the resources available for borrowing and held at a specific library or group of libraries. You can search the OPAC to locate books and other items in a library to determine their status such as whether the item is checked in, checked out, unavailable do to repairs, etc.  The OPAC will also list the newest items added to the collection, popular items, item call numbers and barcode numbers, etc.

For a little over two years now the West Nebraska Family Research & History Center has been a member of the Panhandle Library Consortium.  The Panhandle Library Consortium is a collaborative effort by 14 public libraries in western Nebraska to standardize their cataloging practices and techniques, call numbers, patron database and other library functions while providing our patrons with common and easy to remember item policies such as checkout periods, fine schedules, borrowing privileges, etc.

Each library in the consortium maintains their own OPAC which when combined with all the other library catalogues creates a one-search opportunity for patrons looking for specific items.  The patron can initially search a specific library first and then choose to search all the libraries in the consortium at the same time.  To search the Online Public Access Catalogue click on the OPAC image above or on our website.  When the online catalogue opens in your browser you'll notice it says in the upper right hand corner Search W. NE Family Research & History Cntr and there is a downward pointing icon.  Typing something into the search field will initiate a search of only our catalogue.  To search every library in the consortium click on the downward pointing icon and select Search All Sites, then preform your search again.  Results displayed will be for every library in the consortium.  Quick and simple.

Below is a list of the member libraries in the Panhandle Library Consortium. Next month we'll talk about the universal library card and how you can use it at any member library.

• Arthur Public Library

• Bridgeport Public Library

• Gering Public Library

• Gordon City Library

• Grant Co., Library, Hyannis

• Kimball Public Library

• Lyman Public Library

• Morrill Public Library

• Oshkosh Public Library

• Paxton Public Library

• Rushville Public Library

• Sidney Public Library

• Regional West Medical Center Library

• West Nebraska Family Research & History Center


Genealogy Roundtable Forum: Jan 2015

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.

We Apologize!

The forum presenter we had scheduled to come speak to us in January had to cancel due to health reasons.  We tried to secure another presenter prior to the forum date and were unsuccessful because of the short notice.  Please accept our apologies for not notifying you sooner than this but we held off publishing the newsletter pending a possible arrangement with another forum speaker.

The February forum is still a "go" as far as we know.  If that changes, we'll let you know.

We wish our January forum presenter a speedy recovery and look forward to his presentation in a few months.



The December forum was actually our holiday open house event.  The all volunteer staff came through once again and provided everyone that stopped in with tasty food and good conversation.

We thought some pictures were taken at the event but we can't remember who took them so if you were there and took some photos and are willing to share them, please let us know.


What's New:

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

• 1:100,000-scale topographic maps for Grand Island, Kearney and Valentine, Nebraska
                         - c1985 - by the U.S. Geological Survey - 3maps, approx. 2' x 3'

• News of the Nation : a Newspaper history of the United States, Bicentennial Edition
 - c1975 - by Robert M Hoffman - 50p

• 1949 Panhandle : Scottsbluff Junior College Annual
                         - c1949 - Mary Jane Rammes (editor) - 48p

• 1954 Tradesman : Nebraska State Trade School, Milford, NE
                         - c1954 - Herb Ruser (editor) - 96p

• 1976 Kennel : Gering Junior High Annual : Memories
                          - c1976 - Brenda Friesen (editor) - 56p

• 1977 Kennel : Gering Junior High Annual : We've Only Just Begun
                          - c1977 - Casey Hickman, Elaine Meisner, Chris Smith, Dawn Winchell (co-editors)

• 1978 Kennel : Gering Junior High Annual : Wishing Upon a Star
                          - c1978 - Linda Muhr & Deb Koch (co-editors) - 64p

• 1996 Nebraska Atlas & Gazetteer
                         - c1996 - DeLorme - 80p


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.

• Carole Tucker family & estate

• Allen & Ruth Vance

• Lynette Martens

• Eric Green

• Karen Jackson

• Joan Johns


 **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**


Club CoKay or Club KoKay:

Or some variation of it....Have you ever heard of the place?

A patron came in one day asking if we had anything on the above named club in our files, after looking through what we had we came up empty handed so we decided to turn it over to you, our newsletter readers.  If you know something about the club or the people that ran it, please let us know.  We have created a file for the club and will put everything we discover about the place in it for everyone to use but for right now the file remains empty.

Thanks in advance!!