Our eNewsletter!!

Our first newsletter went out last month to 86 people.  According to the stats we ended up with 28% viewership which we considered good for our first go around.  We received some positive feedback and comments that certainly spurred us forward as we work on this next issue for you.  Since then we've had a few more people asked to be put on our list which gave us that warm fuzzing feeling that we all love.

The WNFRHC.org website is still down waiting for Floyd to finish working on it.....maybe it'll be done next month, we'll see.

Some of the things we are working on and planning to include in the newsletter is a section called "Collection Highlights".  The new section would identify and list specific portions of our holdings that you may or may not be aware of, for example a list of all the City Directories in our collection and/or a list of all the school yearbooks in our collection.  Look for it in future issues.

Finally, we've added a new special projects volunteer to our staff.  Gloria Thompson has some extra time on her hands occasionally and has agreed to come in and enter obituaries into our ever-growing index.  We are certain Gloria will find her duties rewarding and will continue to help us in greater capacities from here on out.

Genealogy Roundtable Forum: May 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.

Allen Pannell, Administrator of the Nebraska Veterans Cemetery located in Alliance, Nebraska will be the presenter for our May forum.  Allen will discuss the history of the cemetery and the process that took place to develop the concept, work up a design, obtain approval, construct and subsequently manage Nebraska's only statewide veterans cemetery.  Groundbreaking for this important cemetery project took place in October 2008.  It was then dedicated and presented to the public on August 13, 2010. The first interment was held on January 21, 2011. 

The cemetery's mission is to not only provide a place of burial for America's veterans but to also honor their service and dedication to our country while acknowledging the sacrifices they made for our safety and security.  The cemetery aims to educate the public and preserve our culture through various programs and services.


A big THANK YOU! to Brian & Colin Croft for the April Forum.  Brian was unable to make it to the forum due to conflicting events but Colin certainly made up for his absense and did a wonderful job presenting the program.  He had paper money from early in Nebraska's history and some maps to help illustrate his talking points.

What's New:

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

  • Beginning Swedish
                                       - c1939 - W.G. Johnson - 290p
  • Heritage & History of Greenwood, Nebraska: 1883-1983
    c1986 - Greenwood Historical Society - 328p
  • A Century of Living in Ruskin, Nebraska: 1887-1987
    - c1987 - Ruskin Historical Book Committee - 139p
  • Banner County Rural School Districts: Teachers & Students - 1923-1957
                                       - c2014 - Banner County Historical Society - 1dvd 
  • Forts of the Northern Plains: Guide to Historic Military Posts of the Plains Indian Wars
                                       - c2008 - Jeff Barnes - 220p
  • The Call of the Western Prairie
    - c1952 - Elizabeth Jane Leonard - 339p
  • Nebraska Quilts and Quiltmakers
    - c1991 - Patricia Cox Crews and Ronald C. Naugle - 245p

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 2004 as a not-for-profit, public genealogy and local history research library.  Funding provided primarily through donations**

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:  The bake sale was a huge success for us!  The doors opened to the vendors at 8am so we could start setting up our "booth" and before long we had two tables full of baked goods ready for the hungry public.  We had chocolate/peanut butter pies, German chocolate cakes, several types of cookies, two varieties of rice crispy treats, chocolate dipped strawberries, popcorn in various forms, breads, rolls and many, many other delicious treats.  For those looking for something not sweet, we also offered cups of Floyd's famous 5-bean chili and his newly introduced homemade broccoli/cheese soup.  All in all we felt it was a great but tiring day.  The volunteers at the Center really came through for this occasion and we truly appreciate all they did!!

May 2nd & 3rd - Nebraska State Genealogical Society conference: The 37th annual conference and membership meeting was held at the Midtown Holiday Inn in Grand Island, Nebraska.  The theme for the conference this year was "Its NOT a Secret"  Secret societies and fraternal organizations the records they may hold of our ancestors membership and participation.  We listened to speakers from the Freemasons, the Elks, the Odd Fellows, the PEO and the American Historical Society of Germans from Russia.  We also learned about some of the specialized collections held at the Nebraska State Historical Society.  As has been done in previous years, we had a "booth" in the vendor's area and sold some of our duplicate books.  Conference registrations were lower than expected this year and as such book sales suffered but we thoroughly enjoyed the conference.