WNFRHC receives The INDEX archive

The INDEX newspaper, aka The Mitchell Index, ceased operation with their last published issue on 29 June 2016.  Due to declining revenue and increased printing costs Owner/Publisher Chabella Guzman has decide to shut down the weekly print newspaper.  Although the newspaper has been in continuous operation since its inception, the ever changing media market has proved too harsh to maintain a very small weekly print publication.  The West Nebraska Family Research & History Center offered to adopt the bound newspaper volumes and make them available to the public for perusal.  Ms. Guzman accepted our offer so the large books, including case, were moved to the Center.  To say that we are extremely excited to now own this important collection would be an understatement.  The first bound volume is 1932 and runs through to the last printed issue and bound into the 2016 book with the exception of one missing volume, 1942.

The INDEX was started in the fall of 1893 as the Nebraska Homestead in Gering by William A. Hale.  The paper was sold a couple of time before George E. Mark purchased it and moved the plant to Mitchell.  A complete history and table of ownership is being compiled and will be available soon on our website.

As stated earlier, the volumes are available to look at and read however due to their fragile condition we cannot allow them to be manipulated on a copier for photocopying.  We do permit photographing with a camera or cell phone and scanning with a hand-held scanner but that's it.


Genealogy Roundtable Forum: Aug 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.


Robert Zemanek: DNA basics for the Genealogist

 For those new to the idea of DNA testing for genealogical purposes or those that are familiar with the concept of having their DNA tested to help prove and/or disprove a family connection and whether that’s even possible, this program is for you.  Mr. Zemanek will discuss the very basics of DNA testing for genealogical purposes and in the process he will answer some of the common questions individuals have about DNA testing.  Robert will explain what are considered realistic expectations of the results individuals receive back from a DNA testing company, how to interpret the results and the next steps, if any, you should consider after you've had a chance to digest all that information.  For example, should you explore specific surname projects or perhaps contribute to regional projects.

Mr. Zemanek will take the time to explain the various terms associated with DNA testing such as Autosomal DNA, X chromosomal DNA, Y chromosomal DNA, Mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) and the difference between them all, Haplogroups or subgroups, and test markers.

Robert will also provide a list of reputable places for attendees to further their research on the subject of DNA testing for genealogical research.  This program is in no way meant to be the only means for you to receive information on DNA and genealogy, however it is meant to help you understand the basics about the subject while giving you the tools to explore the topic in a more informed manner.

DNA Basics for the Genealogist is scheduled for Friday, August 26th at 6:00 pm instead of our normal third Saturday of the month day and time.  As always the program is free and open to the public and a question/answer session will follow the presentation.



Linell Wohlers:
    The Danish Detective

A big THANK YOU goes to Linell Wohlers for presenting her program "The Danish Detective", her journey backwards into the life stories of her Danish grandparents and earlier genealogy.  Linell described her tale of travel adventures, helpful and interesting people she and her husband met along the way, some of the research she was able to accomplish and the incredible luck they were fortunate enough to experience.


Welcome New Website Members:

• Natasha Stith
          ~ researching ? [not yet specified]

• Rich Johnson
          ~ researching ? [not yet specified]

• Karen Jackson
          ~ researching ? [not yet specified]

Although these new members have not yet specified who they are researching we will of course help them in any way we can.  As we have stated before, collaboration solves problems and that's what we are here for.


What's New:

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

• In Search of Your European Roots : A complete guide to tracing your ancestors in every
                      country in Europe
, 2nd Edition
                 - c2000 - by Angus Baxter - 307p



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.

• Chabella Guzman

• Ann Herbel

• 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.

• Colorado Historic Newspapers Collection
               Colorado State Library newspaper digitization project with over 800,000 newspaper pages

• Missouri Digital Heritage
                Missouri Birth & Death records prior to 1910, Missouri Death Certificates 1910-1965
                Missouri County Plat Books, Missouri digitized county histories, etc.

• Arizona Dept. of Health Services; Birth & Death records
                Birth records (1855-1940) & Death records(1870-1965)

** 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 **


R E M I N D E R !

Rebecca Winters Genealogical Society (RWGS) No August Meeting

There is never a RWGS meeting in AUGUST.  The next regularly scheduled meeting will take place on Wed, 14 Sept 2016.  The September meeting will be the start of the 2016-2017 membership year and the volume 49 yearbook.  Be sure to send any additions or corrections prior to August 21st to Linda Newberry as she always waits until the last week or so of August to start working on the new yearbooks.  Contact Linda at lindarnewberry@hotmail.com