Jolliffe Funeral Home Sold to Cody Bridgman

As reported in the Star-Herald newspaper on January 8th, the Jolliffe Funeral Home in Scottsbluff and Bridgeport and the Jones Mortuary in Mitchell has been sold to employee Cody Bridgman.  Bridgman has worked for Jolliffe for about 10 years and when the opportunity presented itself he acted.  Although an agreement was reach over a year ago to purchase the business and their associated properties, it took until January to get the licenses and other state agency requirements fulfilled to complete the purchase.  Bridgman has stated he will make no major changes to the business as the community knows it, but the name will change to Bridgman Funeral Home and Cremation Services immediately.  Bridgman also plans to start offering some enhanced customer benefits and services while maintaining and honoring all pre-need arrangements that have already been contracted.

The Jolliffe family name has been associated with the local funeral business since 1962 when Dick Jolliffe joined the Benson-Coulthard Funeral Home as a partner and the name was changed to Benson-Jolliffe Funeral Home.  Benson-Jolliffe Funeral Home then became just Jolliffe Funeral Home in 1975 after the death of Emmett H. Benson who had been retired from the business for quite a few years.


FamilySearch 2017 Genealogy Highlights

The following article is a snippet of a much larger article as recently published by Paul Nauta (PR Manager,, it is reprinted here with his permission.  To view the complete article please go to

Access to New Historical Records

FamilySearch has 5.9 billion free historic records to help with ancestry discoveries.Successful family history discoveries are fueled by a person’s ability to easily and quickly search for ancestors by name in historical records online. FamilySearch added 283 million free searchable names for a total of 5.9 billion names. It also added over 340 million images of historic records and books online. You can search the new records at The unindexed images can be searched in the Catalog and Historic Records Collections.

FamilySearch discontinued its 80-year era of historic records access to usher in a new, digital model (See FamilySearch Digital Records Access Replacing Microfilm)The goal of FamilySearch is to digitize all the records within its capacity and make them available when possible. A portion of the hundreds of millions of images FamilySearch captures yearly will not be accessible for decades due to privacy laws or other limitations. For example, FamilySearch is currently digitizing census records in Africa that are scheduled to be destroyed by the record custodian in the very near future, even though privacy laws will not permit FamilySearch to publish them for another 75 years. In addition, FamilySearch has only published 13 million of its 40 million Chinese record images that have been collected since 1978. This is not a matter of privacy laws but because of the limited number of people who have the necessary expertise to catalog the records.


What's New:

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

• Wisner, Nebraska - Q125 : Strong & Steadfast
          c1996 - by Audrey Frahm & Ted M. Huettmann (co-editors) - 356 pgs

• History of Richardson County, Nebraska : its people, industries and institutions
          c1917 - by Lewis C. Edwards - 1471 pgs

• 1963 Eagle : Garden County High School Annual
          c1963 - Rick Jensen (editor) - 80 pgs

• 1964 Eagle : Garden County High School Annual
          c1964 - Karen Saunders (editor) - 80 pgs

• 1960 Curtis Aggie annual :University of Nebraska School of Agriculture : v26
          c1960 - Jean Nelson & Jim Sweet (editors) - 88 pgs

• 1961 Curtis Aggie Annual : University of Nebraska School of Agriculture : v27
          c1961 - Peggy Burtch & Bill Ewald (co-editors)  - 88 pgs

• 1962 Curtis Aggie Annual : University of Nebraska School of Agriculture : v28
          c1962 - Terri Felker & Sharon Heinrichs (co-editors) - 88 pgs


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.

• Barb & Bob Goldman

• Danny Knepp

 **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**


News & Events

The Nebraska State Genealogical Society will hold their 2018 conference and annual membership meeting on April 27th and 28th at the River's Edge Convention Center in Columbus, Nebraska.  Nationally known genealogical speaker, Judy Russell (The Legal Genealogist) will present five programs as outlined on the NSGS website, in addition, several other break-out sessions are planned.  To view the most current information about this event please visit the Nebraska State Genealogical Society's website at


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


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