In the last newsletter we reported that Sunset Memorial Park cemetery had been sold to Henne Family Funeral & Cremation Services, LLC.  That information is incorrect.

While visiting with Gladys Wyatt before her program on Saturday, Aug 15th we were discussing the Henne family business filing with the Nebraska Secretary of State's office and their apparent new ownership of the cemetery including some of their future plans for the cemetery.  As it turned out, Gladys is the president of the board for Sunset and she made it clear the cemetery has not been sold.  The cemetery board has entered into a management and maintenance contract with Henne Family Funeral & Cremation Services, LLC.  Through the contract the Henne family has complete control of the cemetery, including the ability to modify the property, buildings and equipment, sell and/or transfer lot ownership and just about every other aspect that has to do with operating the cemetery.  The cemetery board maintains ownership and the ability to terminate the contract.

We apologize for reporting inaccurate information and regret our misunderstanding of the actual transaction between the Sunset Memorial Park cemetery board and Henne Family Funeral & Cremation Services, LLC.


Genealogy Roundtable Forum: Sep 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.


The staff is planning another research trip, this time we're going to Denver to visit the Western History & Genealogy Center at the Denver Public Library on Saturday, Sept. 19th.  The 5th floor Western History & Genealogy Center of the Denver Public Library opens to public at 9:00 am on Saturday, our plan is to be there at approximate 10am to meet our tour guide, Lou-Jean Rehn, who will show us around and provide our orientation to the collection.

The Colorado Genealogical Society will be holding their monthly meeting at the library in the Western History and Genealogy Center in the morning from 9:30 until about noon, then there is a break for lunch and then the Computer Interest Group will have their meeting in the afternoon. There are guaranteed to be good lectures and programs all day.  The President of the Colorado Genealogical Society has been notified that we will be at the Center to tour and research in the collection.  As soon as we hear back from them we will post their reply on our website at so keep an eye on that page for late breaking field trip news.

We were not able to secure a hotel group rate for our visit due to not knowing exactly how many rooms we would need.  Of the four places we contacted, every one asked for a 10 room minimum while providing very little price break.  We opted to have everyone book their own rooms at whichever hotel they are interested in and then meet at the DPL.  Car pooling is still an option for those that want to drive/ride together so a sign up sheet has been placed at the front counter at the Center.  The names of individuals that will be going and the day they are leaving is listed on the sheet.  Please feel free to call or stop by to look at the list and make your travel arrangements.

For information, Floyd & Stacia will be leaving Friday afternoon at approximately 1:00pm and will be staying at the Comfort Inn & Suites on Quebec St., in Denver (approx. 7.3 miles, 20 min drive from the library).  We can comfortably take two other passengers with us especially if you are staying at the same hotel.




Gladys Wyatt: History of the Germans from Russia

A BIG Thank You!! to Gladys Wyatt for presenting her program on the history of the Germans from Russia.  Gladys began her presentation by explaining who the Germans from Russia people are and why they are referred to as Germans from Russia.  Gladys then went on to discussed how a researcher can trace their path from Germany to Russia and then to the Americas.  At the conclusion of her talk, Gladys showed the video, "The Beet Tenders' Destiny," which was produced by the Panhandle Chapter of the American Historical Society of the Germans from Russia.  The video details how and why so many of the Germans from Russia came to the North Platte Valley and the hard work they endured to establish and build the panhandle's current sugar beet industry.


What's New:

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

• Allen, Nebraska : A Century of Memories, 1891-1991
               - c1991 - by the Allen Centennial Committee - 495p

• Centennial History of Hallam, Nebraska : 1892-1992 : The little town with a big heart
               - c1992 - by the Hallam Centennial Committee - 288p

• History of the Elkhorn Valley, Nebraska : An album of history and biography
               - c1892 - Reprint by the Eastern Nebraska Genealogical Society - 902p

• Coleridge National Bank Centennial : 1902-2002
               - c2002 - by the Gray family - 60p

• History of Floyd Co., Texas : 1876-1979
               - c1979 - by the Floyd County Historical Museum - 624p

• A Century of Russian Mennonite History in America : A study of cultural interaction
               - c1973 - by Harley J. Stucky - 128p

• History of Pottawattamie County, Iowa : Parts 1 (Historical) & 2 (Biographical Sketches)
               - c1883 - Reprint by the Historical Society of Pottawattamie County - 643p


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.

• Benita Bruce estate

• Patricia Cole

• Shirley Weihing

• Judi Widmaier

 **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**