Welcome Ann Herbel!

Long time genealogist, DAR and Rebecca Winters Genealogical Society member, Ann Herbel, has join our all volunteer staff here at the West Nebraska Family Research & History Center.  Ann is currently training with Judi Widmaier to learn all the ins and outs of everything we have going on here while getting used to and comfortable with our data entry chores.  Ann will probable be working regularly on either Wednesday or Thursday beginning in December.


Genealogy Roundtable Forum: Nov 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.


Veterans Honor Flight info

Mr. Marty Connealy of Chadron will present a program on the history of the Veterans Honor Flight in western Nebraska, how the service was started, current flight schedules and future VHF plans.  Originally from Gordon, Marty has been practicing law in Nebraska since 1977 and more specifically in Chadron since 1979.

While watch the military channel on TV one night Marty saw a program that mentioned the national honor flight organization and their efforts to provide transportation services for World War II veterans to visit the national World War II memorial in Washington DC.  Marty immediately wondered if such a service was available in western Nebraska.  As it turned out, the Veterans Honor Flight service concept had not yet reached the panhandle of Nebraska, nor the eastern edge of Wyoming or the southwest corner of South Dakota.  Encouraged by his wife, Marty immediately set about to bring this desperately needed service to area veterans as a small way to  honor "the greatest generation".

The Veterans Honor Flight service has since expanded its focus group to now include all veterans of all conflicts where the United State is involved.


What's New:

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

• Gentry Family Gazette & Genealogy Exchange :
               - c1979-1997 - by Richard Hayden Gentry

• Malmo, Nebraska Centennial : Our first 100 years, 1887-1987
               - c1987 - Malmo Centennial Committee - 92p

• St. Agnes Church, Scottsbluff, Nebraska : 1983 Parishioner Photo Directory
               - c1983 - Father Robert Karnish & Deacon Jim Hunt - 36p

• The Killer Angels
               - c1974 - by Michael Shaara - 344p

• Gods and Generals: A Novel of the Civil War
               - c1997 - by Jeff Shaara - 512p


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.

• Doris Smith memorial gifts

• Dr. Don Gentry

• Joanne Wood

• 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**


Doris Smith Memorial

Doris was a close personal friend of Carole Tucker and an immediate backer and supporter of the West Nebraska Family Research & History Center.  Although Doris was unable to donate her time to the Center she contributed many, many items to our collection.  Her encouragement and trust in us has helped us to stay the course while we continue on our goal of building a top notch research institution.  Our most sincere condolences are extended and offered to her family and friends. 

Below is a copy of her obituary as published by Dugan-Kramer Funeral Chapel both online and in print in the Scottsbluff Star-Herald Newspaper.

Doris L. Smith, 95, of the Lake Alice Community, died Wednesday, Nov. 4, 2015, at Heritage Estates in Gering. Visitation will be from 4-7 p.m., on Sunday, Nov. 8 at Dugan-Kramer Funeral Chapel. Private family interment will be held at Fairview Cemetery. A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 9 at Heritage Estates in Gering. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to the First Presbyterian Church or West Nebraska Family Research & History Center. Her obituary may be viewed and condolences left at www.dugankramer.com

Doris was born April 6, 1920, in Scotts Bluff County, Nebraska, to Chet J. and Hazel M. (Smith) Stratton. She attended school at Lake Alice until the 10th grade, graduating as salutatorian from Scottsbluff High in 1937. She was united in marriage to Earl R. Smith on June 18, 1938, at Scottsbluff. The couple raised their daughters on the Smith family farm in the Lake Alice Community.

Doris and Earl were partners in the farming operation, with Earl running the farm and Doris handling the books. Doris took pride in raising a garden and chickens to provide for her family. She was an involved 4-H leader for many years and helped at the Scotts Bluff County Fair and served on the election board. She was an avid genealogist, documenting the Smith family tree back to the Mayflower. Doris kept track of everyone’s birthdays and anniversaries and was the family historian.

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