WNFRHC receives grant from RWGS

The West Nebraska Family Research & History Center has received a grant from the Rebecca Winters Genealogical Society for the purchase of a ScanSnap SV600 book and document scanner.  The scanner has not yet arrived at the Center but we expect it soon.  Initially we plan to use the scanner to digitize some of the old scrap books and other over-size items that have been donated to the Center.  After we catch-up with some of our projects we will make the machine available for public use (with assistance) at the Center.


Genealogy Roundtable Forum: Aug 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.

Robert Zemanek is back again to discuss DNA for the Genealogist.  This is Robert's third year in a row visiting us to talk about DNA and genealogy research.  We understand that some of the concepts of applying DNA testing to our genealogy research is complex and therefore have arranged for Robert to come talk to us again.

This year Robert will briefly go over DNA testing, the various companies proving DNA testing and what can be considered reasonable expectations of DNA testing results.

Robert will spend a considerable amount of time trying to answer questions for those that have had DNA tests done but don't quite understand the results they got back or how to apply that information to their genealogy research.

Although Robert is reluctant to recommend a specific company for people to use for DNA testing, he certainly has an opinion he is willing to share based on what the individual is trying to accomplish by having a DNA test done.

As always, this program is free and open to the public.


Migration of our Ancestors

Our friend and DNA guru, Robert Zemanek, presented his program, Migration of our Ancestors, on Saturday, July 21st.

Have you ever wondered where your ancestors migrated from? Or why they chose the new location? What caused them to make the choice to leave?

Forum attendees learned how to identify the basics of why people migrate, which in turn was the basis for how we can use substitute records and history to answer the question of why our ancestors made the movements that they did.  Case studies of real family migrations were used to show how much can be learned using the process presented.


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

• Rebecca Winters Genealogical Society

• Northwest Genealogical Society

 **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**


New Archive and Digital Records on FamilySearch.org

FamilySearch expanded its free online archives in July 2018 with almost 13 million new indexed family history records and over 500,000 digital images from around the world. Click below to see new records recently published on FamilySearch.org.


Panhandle Genealogical Societies

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.


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