WNFRHC Receives Microfilm Cabinets

Naperville Public Library in Naperville, Illinois was in the process of reducing and removing a portion of their microfilm collection and no longer had a need for six of their microfilm cabinets and offered them to us at a great price, the only stipulation was we had to go get them.  The opportunity was too great to pass up so Floyd and family decided to turn the trip into a mini-vacation to Chicago to pickup the cabinets and bring them back to Nebraska.  Each microfilm cabinet is designed to comfortably hold 640 rolls of standard 35mm microfilm therefore with six cabinets we now have the ability to house over 3800 rolls of film.  As many of you will recall, we are privileged enough to be the custodian of half of the Nebraska State Genealogical Society's microfilm collection which consists of approximately 500 rolls of newspaper microfilm.  It is understood that we will receive the other half of the collection sometime in the near future, possibly by the end of August.  The cabinets are yet another example of our commitment to the genealogy community and a another step towards being the biggest little genealogy library in Nebraska.



R.I.P. Off

[AARP] Living in a mansion, driving a luxury car and lavishing expensive jewelry on himself, Sirhon "Ron" Rivers was at the top of the world — thanks to those who are six feet under.

Over four years, he stole $2.3 million by filing more than 800 fraudulent state income tax refunds — all by using the identities of people who had died.

"He went to genealogy websites to get Social Security numbers and other information of the deceased," explains Assistant U.S. Attorney Anthony Gonzalez, who helped put Rivers behind bars. (He's now serving 8 1/2 years in federal prison.) That information allowed Rivers to e-file credible tax returns and collect the refunds.

Other thieves using identities of the deceased have targeted the IRS. They netted $70 million in refunds from 19,000 federal returns for 2011 alone.

Postmortem identity theft may be shocking, but it's hardly rare, especially because the victims aren't around to complain. Each year the names and personal data of some 2.5 million deceased Americans are used to fraudulently apply for credit cards, loans, tax refunds and utility services, according to Stephen Coggeshall of ID Analytics, an identity-theft protection company in San Diego. "Their Social Security numbers are sometimes easier to find than credentials of the living."

Some crooks glean the numbers from accomplices working in hospitals or funeral homes. Others get them from state-run websites that publish death certificates, sometimes including Social Security numbers. Or they buy numbers on cyber black markets. "But perhaps the best-known source," Coggeshall says, "is the Social Security Administration's Death Master File."

The file contains the names, Social Security numbers and dates of birth and death of some 95 million deceased people. It allows employers, financial institutions and government agencies to identify fraud when processing applications, and is reportedly available only to these entities.

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 (This article originally appeared in the June 2015 AARP Bulletin, click on "Read More" above to view the complete article.  Thank you to Karen Jackson for bringing this article to our attention)


Genealogy Roundtable Forum: July 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.

Great Plains Warriors of World War II

Lt. Col. George A. Larson USAF (Ret.) Book Signing

Lt. Col. George A. Larson USAF (Ret.): Author of "Great Plains Warriors of World War II: Air Bases and Plants Built for War: Nebraska's Contribution to Winning the War" book signing event will be held in place of our monthly Genealogy Roundtable Forum on Thursday, July 23rd from 9:00am to noon.  Mr. Larson is interested in talking with individuals who contributed to the war effort in Nebraska and abroad.  Please stop by to say hello and visit for a bit.

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Organizing your Family's History and/or Family Reunion

THANK YOU Jo Carter!! for presenting your program on how you organize your genealogical research material and for sharing the steps you take when organizing your family's reunion every year.


What's New:

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

• Nebraska Historic Building Survey: Banner County
c2002 - by Mead & Hunt Inc. - 42p

• Nebraska Historic Building Survey: Kimball County
c2002 - by Mead & Hunt Inc. - 58p

• Nebraska Historic Building Survey: Chase County
c2002 - by Mead & Hunt Inc. - 50p

• 1982 Scottsbluff/Gering City Directory
                         - c1982 - R.L.Polk & Co. - 736p

• 1928 Pioneer : Gering High School Annual
                         - c1928 - Oliver Driscoll [editor] - 66p

• 1964 Wildcat : Banner County School Annual
                         - c1964 - Jeanne Anderson [editor] - 106p

• 1965 Wildcat : Banner County School Annual
- c1965 - Pat Faden & Sherry Shipman [co-editor] - 91p

• 1974 Wildcat : Banner County School Annual
                         - c1974 - Christy Shaul & Cheryle Van Pelt [co-editors] - 104p



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.

• Marie Lackey

• Ann Herbel

• Alice Reuter

• Shirley Schnell

• Tom Perkins c/o Prairie Studio

• Judy Leafdale & the Banner County Historical Society 


 **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 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 of the researcher is listed below, please feel free to contact them if you have any information that may further their research.

• ECKLUND (Charlie & Emma), ECKLUND (Gustav & Anna), LARSON (Christine & John) families in and around Morrill.
             ~ Bengt Granefelt : bengt.granefelt@telia.com