Kimball Public Library begins historic photos digitization project.

With a newly acquired book scanner similar to the top left image and equipment on loan from the West Nebraska Family Research & History Center (middle and bottom images), Kimball Public Library Director, Jan Sears, and a few trusted volunteers have begun the arduous task of scanning several hundred historic photos from the Plains Historical Museum collection in Kimball.  The historic photos collection is only a temporary and time limited loan so the push is on to get the entire collection digitized as quickly but thoroughly as possible.  Once the digitization process is complete the plan is to add the images to the Nebraska Memories project for long term public access to the photo scans.

The KPL and the museum are considering a document/paper digitization project similar to the photo scanning project but will wait to see how this project moves along before making a final decision on starting a new project with much more scanning to be done.

For more specific information on this project please contact Jan Sears at the Kimball Public Library at 308-235-4523,  You can also find them on Facebook at


Genealogy Roundtable Forum: Apr 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.

History of Banking in Scottsbluff

Hod Kosman, Chairman, President and CEO of Platte Valley Companies and a third generation banker from Scottsbluff will present his program on the History of Banking in Scottsbluff on Saturday, April 21st at 1:30pm.

Hod has extensive knowledge and a unique perspective of the rich and colorful history of banking.  The Kosman family banking history stretches clear back to the early days of Scottsbluff and continues through to today.  Hod’s involvement in the banking industry doesn’t stop with just Scottsbluff, Platte Valley Companies also has additional locations in Nebraska, Wyoming and Colorado.  During his career Hod served with the Federal Reserve for six years from 1996 to 2002.

Hod’s will include information in his program on why his family chose Scottsbluff to start a bank, the various changes in the banking industry over years including changes in currency and coins.  Hod will relay a story of a bandit strike again his family’s bank and the hostage situation.  Hod will talk about banking after the great depression in 30’s and he will review and display some old banking documents.



Hull Community, Pleasant Hill Cemetery and Surrounding Area

A big thank you to Jack Preston for presenting his program on the Hull community and the Pleasant Hill Cemetery, and for sharing his Hull Community website project with us on Saturday, March 17th.

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.


What's New:

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

• God-Provoking Democrat: The remarkable life of Archibald Hamilton Rowan
          c2015 - by Fergus Whelan - 292 pgs

• The inventory of the Plains Genealogical Society collection as mentioned in the last newsletter has not been completed yet.  A list will be published as soon as possible and notice will be added to the appropriate newsletter.  We apologize for the delay.


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.

• Plains Genealogical Society - Kimball, NE

• Nancy Haney & Jack Preston

• Mattie Robinson

 **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


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

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

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

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

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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