Digitized Nebraska Newspapers

This article, when started, was originally going to be a simple list of about fifteen or twenty counties or towns that have digitized their local newspapers.  What seemed like a short list in the beginning has now grown to a list of well over 300 newspaper titles in Nebraska that have been digitized and placed online.  What a surprise!  The list, which is too large to display in this newsletter, can be found on our website at the Nebraska Newspaper Digitization Projects page.  In our pursuit to provide the most accurate information as possible we have listed both free or no cost websites and those that require a fee or a membership to view the newspapers.  We have no doubt that this list will continue to grow as more projects are started, finished and/or discovered so as a suggestion you may want to bookmark the page.  If you happen to know of a newspaper digitization project that is not listed on this website please let us know so it can be added for future reference.


Genealogy Roundtable Forum: Nov 2017

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.


The Story of Pierre Jon Desmet
By: Gretchen Deter

Many history lovers have been infatuated with the life and works of Pierre Jon Desmet, one of the American West’s greatest explorers, cartographers, Native American advocates, and missionary. He came from East Flanders in Belgium to America to dedicate is life to spreading Christianity to the western Native Americans and while doing so, he changed the West in a way that no other man ever did.
By horseback, canoe, and foot, he traveled over 130,000 miles across America spreading the word of Christ. As a Jesuit missionary, he dedicated his life to the American Indian, especially the Flathead Indians in the Northern Rocky Mountains.
Whether you are a history buff or someone just wishing to learn a fascinating story, this program will help you to understand the amazing life and accomplishments of this “Black Robe Priest”. Hope you can attend.
The program will be Saturday, November 18, 2017 at the West Nebraska Family Research & History Center at 1602 Ave A, Scottsbluff and begins at 1:30pm.


Our Genealogy Roundtable Forum for August was Karen Ott from Morrill, she spoke about the quilt she designed and created depicting the early buildings of the village of Morrill.  The quilt, which is normally on display at the Morrill Public Library, was brought to this presentation and was available for everyone to view and admire.

Karen described how the quilt was initially envisioned and developed and then gave the history of the buildings she has re-created on the quilt squares.  She also told the history of the village of Morrill as is knows it and the general understanding of how the town came to be.

We greatly appreciate Karen taking the time out of her schedule to come speak to us and hope to see her and this program again.


What's New:

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

• Sandahl - Sandall Family Tree : from Sweden to America
          c2008 - by Ralph Sandall - 306p


News & Events

The Nebraska State Genealogical Society has announce the location and dates for their 2018 conference and annual membership meeting.  The River's Edge Convention Center in Columbus, Nebraska has been chosen for the April 27th and 28th conference.  Nationally known genealogical speaker, Judy Russell (The Legal Genealogist) will present the five programs as listed below.

• Don't Forget the Ladies: A Genealogist's Guide to Women & the Law
In early America, women were all too often the people who just weren't there: not in the records, not in the censuses, not on juries, not in the voting booth. The common law relegated women to "protected" (second class) status and understanding how they were treated under the law provides clues to finding their identities today.

• When Worlds Collide: Resolving Conflicts in Genealogical Records
The Genealogical Proof Standard says to resolve conflicts in data, but like so many things that sound good, it's easier said than done. What exactly are we supposed to do when we encounter conflicting evidence? What are the basic types of evidence conflicts and the methods and tips and tricks we can use to resolve them? 

• DNA and the Golden Rule: The Law & Ethics of Genetic Genealogy

Whose permission is needed to test a child or an adult unable to consent? Who own our DNA? What can we disclose about a cousin who has tested? The rules of the road for the ethical challenges facing genealogists interested in using DNA evidence as part of their family history research. Learn how applying the Golden Rule can guide us through many if not most of the situations in which we as genetic genealogists find ourselves.

• Death by Undue Means: Coroner's Records

From colonial times to today, death not attributable to natural causes required investigation. Elected or appointed coroners worked with local juries to determine more about what caused each death. Learn more about coroner's records and how to use them in genealogy. 

• Through the Golden Door: Immigration After the Civil War
America's doors were open to all before the Civil War with few restrictions. Afterwards the laws began tightening, with exclusions, quotas, even required visas. How did the immigration laws affect your ancestors who immigrated after the Civil War? What hoops did they have to jump through to enter America's "golden door"?

Brochures should be available soon and registration is set to officially open on January 2nd.  Conference details will be kept up to date on the Nebraska State Genealogical Society's website at http://nsgs.org.


Find-A-Grave Will Change

by Ted Bainbridge, Ph.D.

Findagrave.com has announced that the web site soon will change.  Some changes are cosmetic, while others are functional.  A map feature has been added.

 The home page, formerly just a list of over thirty choices, will become a photograph with a few menu selections across the top.  That page will be dominated by the search panel, which will function largely as it has in the past and with the same options for every search box except those related to location.

 The current search panel specifies location via pull-down lists for country, state, and county.  The new search panel offers a single box for location, in which you are supposed to type the name of a place.  As you begin to type a city, county, state, or country that box auto-fills with suggested place names which you can select with a mouse click.  Use the American English equivalent of a country name; Germany works but Deutschland doesn’t.

 The new home page’s menu bar goes across the top of the screen.  Clicking CEMETERIES takes you to a page that lets you hunt cemeteries in either of two ways.  Near the top left of the page is a search box where you can type a cemetery name.  This auto-fill box works as above.  When you select a name, you see a hit list of cemeteries with that name.  Each entry on the hit list displays some facts about that cemetery, and a link to its information page.  That page contains a search box that you can use to hunt for a person’s name.

 Instead of using that cemetery-name search box, you can use the cemetery-place search box to its right.  Clicking a place name produces a map of cemeteries near that place.  You can zoom the map in or out, and can pan it in any direction.  (If the map doesn’t display any marker pins, zoom in.)  After a name is in that search box, clicking Search leads to a hit list of cemeteries near that place.  Use this hit list the same way you use the other cemetery search box.

To see and experiment with all the planned changes, go to https://findagrave.com/ and then click preview now near the top center of the screen.


Editor's Note:  The above article was sent to us for inclusion in this e-newsletter and although we greatly appreciate this submission I cannot support the efforts and do not advocate the direction, goals or stated mission of Find-A-Grave.com.  Many of you are not aware that Find-A-Grave.com was purchased by Ancestry.com and that it's entire database has been added to Ancestry.com's public database offerings.  At the time of purchase (Sept 2013), Ancestry.com stated that the information in the Find-A-Grave.com's database would continue to be offered as a free searchable database "for now" .  The "for now" part of the statement is what concerns me the most.  It is my opinion and gut feeling that at some point in the future Ancestry.com will require a membership to view the Find-A-Grave database information and thereby essentially taking the thousands upon thousands of volunteer data submissions and photographs and charging for access to them which I'm sure most people that contributed to the Find-A-Grave database did not sign up for nor expect.  A recent message by Ancestry.com to State Coordinators of various projects does not specifically suggest changes to the Find-a-Grave database but as you can see, all products are being reviewed for changes.  The message is as follows "...Ancestry is currently working on updating and revising World Connect, Mailing Lists, and hosted sites such as Free Pages over the next twelve months; however, all other products and functionality are under review. We will continue to notify you of updates here as decisions are made."   As I stated earlier, this is just my opinion and my suspicions and skepticism of their intent remains.......Floyd


HaHaHah :o)

The below article appeared in a 1912 issue of the Gering Courier.  We found it quite humorous and believe you will too. 

His Next of Kin

An exchange says the deputy of a certain fraternal insurance society recently obtained the application of William Johnson, and gladly escorted that sensible individual before an examining physician.  In the process of filling out the papers, Mr. Johnson was asked to name his nearest relatives, that they might be designated as beneficiaries, explained as follows:

"I met a widow and married her.  She had a stepdaughter.  My father, a widower, visited us, and married the stepdaughter.  My wife became the mother-in-law of her father-in-law, and my stepdaughter my stepmother.  My father is my stepson."

"After a while my stepmother, the stepdaughter of my wife, had a son.  This boy is my brother, being my father's son; but he is also the son of my wife's stepdaughter, and so her grandson.  Therefore I am my brother's grandfather."

"Then my wife had a daughter.  My mother-in-law is her stepsister and also my grandmother, because she is her stepson's child.  My father is the brother of my daughter, who is also the daughter of my grandmother.  I am my mother's brother-in-law, my wife is her own child's aunt, my daughter is my father's niece, and I am my own grandfather."

When Mr. Johnson finished the above simple and easily understood statement of his family relations, the doctor had collapsed and the deputy had taken to the woods.  The applicant is waiting for someone to come along and designate the beneficiary, so he can go on and join.


R E M I N D E R !

Rebecca Winters Genealogical Society (RWGS)

The RWGS meets the second Wednesday of each month usually at the Lied Scottsbluff Public Library.  Newsletter items can be e-mail directly to newsletter editor and society secretary, Jeanie Knudtson at jeaniekingknud@yahoo.com.


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