Welcome Cheri Kennedy!!

Cheri Zemanek Kennedy has returned to the valley and has recently joined our all volunteer staff here at West Nebraska Family Research & History Center.  Cheri has been doing genealogy research for the past year or so and volunteers on find-a-grave.com as well.  She looks forward to helping and listening to peoples life stories on Wednesdays at the Center. "Nobody should be forgotten" is her motto and life and family is precious. Cheri was born and raised in the Mitchell area and is glad she is home, after living in many states, to be with her loved ones after she fell ill.  She has a son, a daughter and 3 granddaughters who live in Torrington.  Judi Widmaier is her 2nd mom and Cheri feels blessed that she was the one who got to raise her, even though Judi had to put up with her during her teen years.  They both survived and still enjoy doing activities together as mother and daughter, including genealogy.

Cheri has volunteered to be our social media guru and has taken over day to day operation of our Facebook page.  Please feel free to contact her if you have any questions about our online social media presence.


Genealogy Roundtable Forum: Feb 2016

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.

What happened to Clyde?
The Story of Clyde Hays, 1898-1966

Clyde Hays disappeared at the young age of 13 in 1911, only his dinner pail was found.  Clyde was one of eleven children born to Walter S. and Viola (Yorty) Hays who farmed near Scottsbluff at the turn of the century.  Curious? Good, join us on Saturday, February 20th at 1:30pm to hear Judi Widmaier present her program and unlock the mysteries of whatever happen to Clyde and why.  Judi will explain how she happened onto this story and why it piqued her interest so much.  Judi will describe the research route she used and the techniques and resources employed to discover the answer to key question, What happened to Clyde?


Life After Family Tree Maker!

As mentioned in the last newsletter Family Tree Maker software is no longer being developed and will only be supported for another year or so by Ancestry.com.  Many people are calling and asking about some of the various genealogy software options available.  In order to help answer some of those questions and offer guidance with selecting a new genealogy application, a program is being developed with plans to present it for our April Genealogy Roundtable Forum.  More details will be available in a future newsletter.


History of Nebraska class offered

For those interested in Nebraska History, Brian Croft will once again be teaching the History of Nebraska class at Western Nebraska Community College in Scottsbluff.  The class will be held on Tuesday evenings from 5:00pm to 8:00pm.  According to the WNCC online course guide: "This course is a survey of the political, economic, and social history of Nebraska beginning with an examination of the indigenous peoples inhabiting North America at the time of the first European exploration of the Great Plains and ending with more recent historical developments."

Please contact instructor Brian Croft at 308-635-6790 or croftb@wncc.net with any questions you may have.


What's New:

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


• "Oh, Give Me a Home Where the Buffalo No Longer Roam" : A short history of
                Coad Valley, Creighton Valley and Melbeta, Nebraska

               - c2015 - by Cindy Cochran - 114p

• Plat Map of Sioux County, Nebraska
               - c?? - Western Cartographers - 27" x 36"

• 1963 Scotts Bluff County Atlas and Farm Directory
               - c1963 - by Royal Map Co. - 50p

• The Long Roll : the first of two books dealing with the war between the states
               - c1911 - by Mary Johnson - 510p

• Cease Firing : the second of two books dealing with the war between the states
               - c1912 - by Mary Johnson - 457p

• The tale of Beatrix Potter : a biography
               - c1946 - by Margaret Lane - 162p

• 1994-95 Nebraska Panhandle/Eastern Wyoming area regional telephone directory
               - c1994 - by FDC Publishing of the Midwest, Inc.


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.

• Cindy Cochran

• Alice Reuter

• Judi Widmaier

• Cheri Kennedy

 **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**



The Minatare History Book Committee meets every Monday morning at the Center to work on their history book project.  Everyone is invited to attend even if you've never lived in or near Minatare.  We are looking for people willing to research, write stories, proof read, interview individuals and other misc. duties we haven't even thought of yet.  If you are interested in helping please stop by any Monday and introduce yourself to the group.  We would love to have you join us.