WNFRHC receives large collection from PGS

The West Nebraska Family Research & History Center has received a collection of over 200 items including books, magazines, genealogical society periodicals and other research material from the Plains Genealogical Society in Kimball.  Like a lot of local genealogical societies across the country,  the PGS is experiencing declining memberships and those members that are continuing their involvement are getting older and finding it more difficult to do the tasks they once did.  So, after much discussion they decided to pare down their collection to nearly half of what it was and donate the weeded portion to us here at the History Center.  We graciously accepted their offer and even went down to help them pack it up.  The collection we received has not yet been inventoried or cataloged but we plan to start that project soon.  A complete list will be posted on our website as soon as we finish it and a link to the list should be in the next newsletter in April.


Genealogy Roundtable Forum: Mar 2018

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.

Hull Community,
Pleasant Hill Cemetery
and Surrounding Area

On Saturday, March 17th at 1:30pm we welcome back our friend, patron and website member, Jack Preston, who will present a program on the Hull community, the Pleasant Hill / Hull Cemetery and his evolving Hull Community website project.  Jack has spent countless hours documenting and gathering information on the early Banner County settlers in and around the Hull Community.  In addition to some of the homestead records for that part of the county, Jack has been tracking land ownership and other details pertinent to the local history.  For example, an important but little know fact is that a large number of civil war veterans settled in the Hull community area and greatly contributed to its development.  Many more details and hopefully some lesser known facts will be discovered and discussed at this forum.



History of Love & Welsh Love Spoons

Thank you to Ray Richards for presenting his program on Love, Welsh Love Spoons and his Welsh family on Saturday, February 17th.

Ray brought with him several examples of Welsh love spoons which are very ornate hand carved wooden spoons.  Nearly all of the spoons are carved from a single piece of wood by young men during the long winter nights or by young men on long sea voyages, love spoons were carved to express his intentions towards a particular girl and were designed and decorated according to his own imagination.  A love spoon would be given to a girl as an indication that he wished to court her. If the young man succeeded in capturing the girl's heart and she accepted the spoon, the young people would more than likely then embark on a relationship and be seen as a 'couple' by their community.


What's New:

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

• One Hundredth Anniversary of the Federated Churches of Mitchell, Nebraska
          c2017 - by the Federated Church History Committee  - 92 pgs

• again, Barns!
         c2004 - by Dottie & Marty Jungck and Angie Babcock - 45 pgs

• Peace of Mind Planner : Important Information about My Belongings, Business Affairs
                                  and wishes - A workbook with forms and instructions
         c2015 - by Margaret Rubiano - 96 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.

• Circle Club - Federated Church - Mitchell, NE

• Plains Genealogical Society - Kimball, NE

• Carrie Chapman

 **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 nsgs.org.


Panhandle Genealogical Societies

Rebecca Winters Genealogical Society (RWGS)

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

Plains Genealogical Society (PGS)

The PGS meets on the fourth Thursday of each month at the Kimball Public Library.  Information about the society, their meetings and their programs can be e-mailed directly to Freddie Petersen, society President, at fpetersen@firstierbanks.com.

Heritage Seekers genealogy group (HSGG)

The HSGG meets on the third Thursday of each month usually at the Knight Museum in Alliance.  Information about the group and their programs can be directed to the Knight Museum staff at museum@cityofalliance.net.

Cheyenne Co., Genealogical Society (CCGS)

The CCGS meets quarterly (Jan-Apr-Jul-Oct) on the third Thursday at 2:00pm at the Sidney Public Library.  Information about the society, their meetings and their programs can be directed to Jan King at king43993@gmail.com.

Northwest Genealogical Society (NWGS)

The NWGS no longer actively meets as a society.  A couple of members meet occasionally as a group to maintain the society charter and its books.


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