Carole Tucker Celebration of Life date set

Tuesday, May 26th at 11:30am at the YMCA Trails West Camp is the date and time that has been set for the memorial service and celebration of life for Carole Tucker.  Although Carole's family plans a private inurnment at the West Lawn Cemetery prior to the memorial service they wanted one more opportunity to bring everyone together to celebrate Carole's friendship, accomplishments and life.  The informal get-together is being setup more as a lunch and social event than a traditional memorial service.  The Center, together with the family will be hosting a lunch immediately following the brief service.  Although not required, those wishing to bring a covered dish to share may certainly do so.

For questions please contact either Floyd Smith (308) 220-8070 or Barb Eleson (303) 921-4971.



About our little teaser from last month

We just purchased some equipment which allows us to stream or broadcast our events and especially our monthly roundtable forum programs live and in real time through our website as the program is happening!!  This is really wonderful technology that opens a great deal of opportunity for us, our members and our patrons.

Our first live steaming event will be the program we have schedule for our forum for May which is mentioned in another article below.  After our May forum we will be soliciting ideas and suggestions for other events and programs.  One of the huge benefits of the equipment we purchased is that it allows us to broadcast live in remote locations as well, so we may take our live events on the road as we visit other locations.


Genealogy Roundtable Forum: May 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.

History of the Union Pacific Railroad, their stations, sidings and spur tracks in western Nebraska

Kent Hargraves has been interested in the Union Pacific Railroad since he was just a youngster, now employed by the UP as a Director of Track Maintenance; Kent has had the unique opportunity to work on the tracks that he enjoyed learning about when he was young.  Kent will share a look at the history of the Union Pacific North Platte branch which runs from North Platte to Lyman, Nebraska.  We will see maps, old and new, and the changes to the track system over time.  His discussion will include his work studying, discovering and trying to understand the stations, sidings and spur tracks built, used and sometimes abandoned by the Union Pacific Railroad in western Nebraska, for example, whatever happened to Peter’s reservoir?  Many people do not realize how many little spur tracks were built and used by the railroad to service very specific areas of the state and in particular, the panhandle.  Often times spur tracks were put down just to go to a beet dump or to a grain elevator or any other industry where over-the-road transportation was not yet convenient or practical.  A question / answer and sharing session will follow Kent’s presentation.  If you know of some old spur tracks in western Nebraska please consider joining us and sharing your knowledge.



History of Fort Sidney and the Old Boot Hill Cemetery - rescheduled

Due to an unexpected family health issues with our presenter the April forum had to be cancelled with little notice.  Kathy Wilson has asked us to reschedule her program for a later date.  As soon as we get her program scheduled we will let everyone know through and official announcement.

We apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused.


What's New:

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

• Hills of Peru : Nebraska Lore
c1948  - by Louise W. Mears - 54p

• History of Armstrong County, Pennsylvania: v1 : Her people, past and present embracing a
            history of the county and a genealogical and biographical record of representative families.
                         - c1914 - J.H. Beers & Co. - 496p

• History of Armstrong County, Pennsylvania: v2 : Her people, past and present embracing a
            history of the county and a genealogical and biographical record of representative families.

                         - c1914 - J.H. Beers & Co. - 499p

• Biographical Directory of the American Congress : 1774-1971
                         - c1971 - United States Government Printing Office : 1972p

• Hill and Allied Families of Central Ohio : Compiled from family manuscripts & legal documents
                         - c1974 - by John Neilson Furniss - 203p

• News of the Nation : A newspaper history of the United States
                         - c1975 - by Robert M. Hoffman [editor] - 50p

• Elmer & Elsa Lundgren War Ration Documents:
                         - includes Notification of Classification documents (3), Basic Mileage Ration docs,
                           Mileage stamps, Fuel Oil Ration Identification Folder, Fuel Oil stamps, License to
                           Operate Motor Vehicle, Application for War Ration Book, War Ration Books 2 & 3.


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.

• Vickie Schaepler

• Tom Perkins c/o Prairie Studio

• Ruth & Al Vance

• Dave Schleve

• Jack Ashley

• Jack & Barb Lundgren

• Warren-Trumbull County Public Library, Warren, Ohio


 **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**


Looking For...

"Looking For..." is our newest newsletter feature which is designed to bring attention to some of the research we have recently been contacted about while offering collaboration opportunities to those that may know something about the subject(s) being researched.  The name and contact information for the person doing the research is listed with permission of the researcher, please feel free to contact them if you have information that may further their research.

• JOHNSON (Ed & Amanda), GARLOW (Camden & Claudia), CHARLES (William & Lillie) families in and around Mitchell.
             ~ Donald Handy : 360-561-7513 :

• FINK (John & Mary (Friederika)) : I have ancestors that helped settle Scottsbluff in the 1890's that I am researching.  I know quite a bit about John Fink, but it is really his wife Mary that I am interested in.  Around 1910 Mary left the family and went to live in Montana.
             ~ Jenny A
shcraft :