In Memory of Carole Tucker

Family and friends came together on Tuesday, May 26th at the YMCA Trails West Camp in Scottsbluff to remember our friend, colleague, mentor and wonderfully talented genealogist Carole Tucker.  The "service" was minimal and very brief but the stories that continued to flow were worth their weight in gold.  Carole's memory lives on in each and every person that knew her and we know her knowledge and willingness to help those that needed it most will be cherished for years to come.

Although saying goodbye is always difficult, we find solace in knowing that Carole is meeting up with those people she spent so many years studying and leaning about and we are confident Carole is getting the answers the questions she so desperately sought for so many years.



Is for sale!?

[REUTERS] LLC, the world's largest family history website helping users trace their heritage, is exploring a sale that could value it at between $2.5 billion and $3 billion, including debt, according to people familiar with the matter.

Permira Advisers LLC, the buyout firm that owns most of privately held Ancestry, has hired investment banks to run an auction for the company, according to sources.

The sources asked not to be identified because the sale process is confidential. Permira declined to comment, while an Ancestry spokeswoman did not respond to a request for comment.

Based in Provo, Utah, Ancestry has a database of more than 15 billion historical records and more than 2.1 million paying subscribers. Subscription fees accounted for 83 percent of its total revenue of $619.6 million last year.  In addition to offering genealogical data, Ancestry provides a DNA service that allows customers to discover their genetic ethnicity and find relatives with a common ancestral match.

Permira outbid other private equity firms to take Ancestry private in 2012 for $1.6 billion. Ancestry's subscription revenues have grown to $553.8 million last year from $334.6 million in 2012.   Ancestry's adjusted earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortization were $214.8 million in 2014, according to its most recent annual report.

Permira, a European private equity firm, manages funds with about 25 billion euros ($27.7 billion) in committed capital.


Genealogy Roundtable Forum: Jun 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.

Organizing your Family's History and/or Family Reunion

Patron, friend and all around organizing guru, Jo Carter, will share her knowledge and experience with organizing her family history research materials and the steps she takes each year organizing her family's reunion.  Jo has been the chief organizer of her family's reunion for many years now and has learned a thing or two in process.  Within the last year or so Jo has been working on her family history and has applied many of her family reunion organizing techniques with her family history research documents which is what she will share with our forum attendees on Saturday, June 20th at 1:30pm.  Although we all have our own way of organizing our research material, no doubt we can stand to learn how someone else organizes their research.


Our sincerest THANK YOU to Kent Hargraves for making the trip to Scottsbluff and presenting his program on the History of the Union Pacific Railroad, their stations, sidings and spur tracks in western Nebraska.  Kent's program was very interesting and helped us to understand the how and why the Union Pacific chose to route a line through the mid-panhandle region of Nebraska and eastern Wyoming.  Kent also explained how many of the stations or siding were named and why most have disappeared over the years.  Kent included in his program a power point presentation which showcased many of the maps Kent has accumulated over the years and most of which have come directly from the archives of the Union Pacific Railroad and cannot found anywhere else.  This was a great program!


What's New:

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

• The Canaday / McCormick Families : and their ancestors
c1993 - by Lois Canaday Hupfer - 780p

• Osmond, Nebraska : A Century of Memories, 1890-1990
                         - c1990 - Osmond History Book Committee - 592p

• Magnet, Nebraska : Centennial History, 1893-1993
                         - c1993 - Magnet Centennial Committee - p

• Lynch, Nebraska : Centennial History, 1892-1992
                         - c1992 - Lynch Centennial Book Committee - 484p

• Elgin, Nebraska : Centennial History, 1889-1989
                         - c1989 - Elgin Book Committee - 528p

• Railroad Stations in Nebraska : An era of use and reuse
                         - c1982 - by James J. Reisdorff and Michael M. Bartels - 112p

• Prisoner of Hope : WW2 Prisoner of War recollections by the author
                         - c1989 - by Jesse L. Miller - 189p

• The Civil Way Almanac
                         - c1982 - John S. Bowman (executive editor) - 400p

• Gettysburg: The Final Fury : with maps and illustrations
                         - c1974 - by Bruce Catton - 114p

• 1937 Wildcat : Banner County School
                         - c1937 - Mildred Shaul [editor] - 86p

• 1988 Wildcat : Banner County School
                         - c1988 - Trina Greathouse [editor] - 104p

• 1992 Wildcat : Banner County School
                         - c1992 - Victoria Dillinger [editor] - 92p

• 1948 Lynx : McGrew High School
                         - c1948 - DeLorse Kisler [editor] - ??p

• 1949 Lynx : McGrew High School
                         - c1949 - Harold Ramig [editor] - ??p

• 1952 Lynx : McGrew High School
                         - c1952 - Vernon Kemp [editor] - ??p

• 1953 Lynx : McGrew High School
                         - c1953 - Gary Burchfield [editor] - ??p

• 1954 Lynx : McGrew High School
                         - c1954 - Bill Howard [editor] - ??p

• 1955 Lynx : McGrew High School
                         - c1955 - Doug Howard [editor] - ??p

• 1956 Lynx : McGrew High School
                         - c1956 - Delia Burchfield [editor] - ??p

• 1957 Lynx : McGrew High School
                         - c1957 - Al Schuman [editor] - ??p

• 1958 Lynx : McGrew High School
                         - c1958 - Jane Schuman [editor] - ??p


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 and estate

• Lois Canaday Hupfer

• Tom Perkins c/o Prairie Studio

• Judi Widmaier

• Delia "Dee" Burchfield


 **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 :