Our First eNewsletter!!

It has been a long time in the making, but here it is...A Matter of Fact!...the all new, all digital newsletter of the West Nebraska Family Research & History Center.  Our goal for this publication is to keep you, our patrons, informed about everything going on at "the Center".  We will attempt to produce this publication every month in the first week of the month.  We know your time is valuable and few of us have the time to read through a lengthy newsletter so we will try to keep it short and sweet.  You are receiving this first issue because your name and e-mail address was entered into our patron database.  If you no longer wish to receive this publication, please follow the links at the bottom the newsletter or e-mail us and we will remove your name right away.

In order to produce this newsletter in the format and method we think will best benefit everyone, we opted to change our website software to work seamlessly with the newsletter software while providing us with the greatest opportunity for growth while keeping future patron benefits and site features in mind.  As it is currently, the website is offline and in "maintenance mode" until we have finished updating the content and standardizing the look and feel of the site.  We hope to be back online by the time the next newsletter comes out in May, but until then please have patience with us.

Finally, if there is something specific you would like to see in this newsletter please let us know.  We can't make any promises, but we'll see what we can do to accommodate you, e-mail wnfrhc@wnfrhc.org.

Genealogy Roundtable Forum: April 2014

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.

We are please invite back and host Brian and Colin Croft as they discuss the role of speculation in the development of the Nebraska Territory, examining both the influence of territorial "wildcat" banking and the early methods of land acquisition and disposal.

Brothers Brian and Colin Croft are instructors at Western Nebraska Community College.  Brian is an English Instructor and also does a class on Nebraska History.  Colin is a Social Science Instructor.

What's New:

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

  • Cedar Rapids, Nebraska: 1884-1984 - c1984 Marilyn Schuele - 218p
  • History of Brule, Nebraska: 1886-1986 - c1986 Brule Centennial Book Committee - 324p
  • Pilger, Nebraska: 1887-1987 - c1987 Pilger Centennial Book Committee - 512p
  • A Pictorial History of Keith County - c1996 - Keith County News - 128p
  • Gleanings from the First Century of Nebraska Bands: 1867-1967 - c1979 - Donald A Lentz & Walter R. Olsen - 103p

Contributions & Donations:

We wish to gratefully and publically acknowledge the recent research material donations and financial contributions by the following individuals and/or organizations.  Their support is extremely important to us and we truly appreciate their generosity.


**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**

What's News & Events:

News and events that affect us directly at "the Center" or that we are directly involved in...

April 26th - Hunts Acre Spring Fling Vendor & Craft Fair:  We will offer bake sale type items in our "booth" at the Hunts Acres Community Center at 1791 Ave X in Scottsbluff.  The community center will be open from 10am to 5pm.  Over 40 vendors are expected at this years fair.  Staff Member Barb Goldman is in charge of arrangements, please contact her if you wish to help in some way.

May 2nd & 3rd - Nebraska State Genealogical Society conference: The 37th annual conference and membership meeting will be held at the Midtown Holiday Inn in Grand Island, Nebraska.  The theme for this year is "Its NOT a Secret"  Secret societies and the records they may hold of our ancestors membership and participation.  Conference costs and registration can be found HERE.