Been a little Remiss!!

Apologies go out to everyone who looks forward to receiving and reading our newsletter.  I've been extremely busy this year and just haven't taken the time to put the newsletter together, we have plenty of exciting things going on here at the Center, I've just done a lousy job of keeping everyone informed.  I'll try to be more diligent in getting the newsletter out in a timely manner...........Floyd


WNFRHC helps reunite family

Staff members Barb Goldman and Judi Widmaier have helped to reunited a local patron with her natural family after more than 40 years from her adoption.  The story was captured by both and the Scottsbluff Star-Herald newspaper.  Links to both published stories are listed below.  The KNEB story is an actual news broadcast by their online TV station and as is expected the Star-Herald article is from the print edition of their paper.



Congratulations to Susan Rupp on finding her family and to Barb and Judi for helping her, without their insightful recommendations and tenacity this reunion would not have been possible.

Update (7/11/16):  The Omaha World Herald reports on the reunion of Susan Rupp and one of her long lost sisters, Jenitia Skogsberg of Missouri.  The much anticipate reunion between Susan and her family came on Friday, July 8, 2016 at the Lauritzen Gardens in Omaha.  Read the intro story and short video clip at:

And the follow up and complete story at:



Genealogy Roundtable Forum: July 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.


Linell Wohlers:
    The Danish Detective

On July 16th at 1:30 p.m. Linell Wohlers will present the Danish Detective, a journey backwards into the life stories of her Danish grandparents and earlier genealogy--a tale of travel adventures, helpful and interesting people along the way, a little bit of research and a whole lot of luck!


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

As Paul Harvey used to say..."An now you know the rest of the story"  A BIG Thank You to Judi Widmaier for presenting her program on Clyde Hays who up and disappeared at the young age of 13 in 1911.  Clyde was one of eleven children born to Walter S. and Viola (Yorty) Hays who farmed near Scottsbluff at the turn of the century.  We learned that Clyde didn't just disappear, he ran away from home because he was told he had to go to school instead of staying home with his older siblings to help farm.  The story took an interesting turn when Judi revealed that Clyde ended up in Canada and joined the Canadian Military to fight in the first World War.  This was quite a story to hear, especially as Judi explained how she got started on this journey with this young man.  Now you know "What happened to Clyde?"


Welcome New Website Members:

• Nancy Butcher
          ~ researching Katherine (Ross) Sauer, ca 1917, Scottsbluff area

• Sue Mckee
          ~ researching Calderwood, Clapp, & Cameron, ca 1888, Hull community, Banner Co.


Staff at the Center are working on these cases for these members but if you have a family connection or have some research information for them, let us know and we'll put you in contact with them.  Collaboration solves problems.


What's New:

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

• Early Pioneer Stories & Poems : written by Cora Johnson Gentry, Benjamin Franklin Gentry
                  and Anna Johnson Ripley
                 - c2016 - by Dr. Don Gentry - 78p

• Arthur County's 75 years of History, Homesteaders & Homemakers : 1913-1988
                 - c1988 - by Arthur County Historical Society Book Committee - 597p

• Cordova, Nebraska : 1887-1987
                 - c1987 - by the Cordova Centennial Book Committee - ?p

• 2016-17 Nebraska Panhandle/Eastern Wyoming Area Regional Telephone Directory
                 - c2016 - by F.D.C. Publishing of the Midwest, Inc. - 450p


Contributions & Donations:

We wish to gratefully and publicly 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.

• Dr. Don Gentry

• Linda Harimon

• Gloria Thompson

 **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**



WebLinks is a new feature which will allow us to share links to websites which contain FREE historical and/or genealogical research material and information.

• Wyoming Newspaper Project
               Wyoming State Library newspaper digitization project (over 800,000 newspaper pages)

• Trumbull Memory Project
               Warren-Trumbull County, Ohio digital memory project

• Illinois State Archives databases
               Illinois statewide vital records (marriage & death) database, Illinois Veterans database,
               Illinois Servitude and Emancipation records, IRAD location records, etc.

** If you run across a website that you would like to share with everyone please contact us and we'll include in the next edition of A Matter Of Fact **


Rebecca Winters Genealogical Society (RWGS) annual Carry-in Meal "Meeting"

It is again THAT TIME OF THE YEAR – our Last Meeting for V48 2015-2016.  This is our Carry-in Meal hosted by the incoming President and Vice President – Everyone is to bring a Food Dish to Share and your own table service.  We will meet at the Lied Scottsbluff Public Library Meeting room at 11:15 AM Wednesday 13 July 2016 for LUNCH and a short Program as we have to be out of the room by 3:00 pm.

There is never a RWGS meeting in AUGUST and the Wednesday 14 September 2016 meeting will begin our 2016-2017 Year 49 with the volume 49 yearbook.  Be sure to send me any additions or corrections prior to August 21st as I always wait until the last week or so in August to start working on the new yearbooks.  THANKS!