As a member of the Panhandle Library Consortium (PLC)*, the West Nebraska Family Research & History Center is constantly on the lookout for opportunities that will benefit not only our patrons and our staff but also the general public.  With that thought in mind we are please to announce the migration of our library software and more importantly our online public access catalog (OPAC) or online holdings catalog to Apollo by Biblionix.  The new software brings with it some much needed features and highly anticipated enhancements that will make searching for and locating research material at the Center a much easier proposition.  Rather than try to list all of the details and features in this article we invite you to visit our new catalog (OPAC) and start exploring.  We are confident you'll discover items that you didn't know we had.

* Panhandle Library Consortium members libraries are:

• Arthur Co., Library

• Bridgeport Public Library

• Gering Public Library

• Gordon City Library

• Grant Co., Library

• Kimball Public Library

• Lyman Public Library

• Morrill Public Library

• Oshkosh Public Library

• Paxton Public Library

• Rushville Public Library

• Regional West Medical Center Library

• West Nebraska Family Research & History Center


Genealogy Roundtable Forum: Apr 2019

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 the West Nebraska Methodist Hospital

Vickie Schmidt will present her program on the history of the West Nebraska Methodist Hospital, the little known story of the building as it was originally intended for and how it ultimately met a 6,000 lb wrecking ball 50 years after it was built even though in 1924 the local newspaper touted it as an accomplishment that was "a little short of a miracle - indeed a wonderful achievement" and "a magnificent structure" and then again how it changed Scottsbluff's skyline for a second time, forever.

Vickie's program will be Saturday, April 27th at 1:30pm and as always, will be free and open to the public.



North of the Platte, South of the Niobrara Book Signing Event

Our sincere appreciation to author Bryan L. Jones for coming to Scottsbluff on Sunday, Feb. 10th to promote, discuss and sign copies of his latest book, North of the Platte, South of the Niobrara : a little further into the Nebraska sand hills.

For additional information on Jones, his book, how the project began and his book signing events please visit his website at https://www.bryanjoneswriter.com/blog, and/or the article as published in Star-Herald newspaper.


Genealogy on the Web & Announcements

In keeping with our commitment to provide our readers with information they may find useful in their family and local history research we are please to pass along the information below as it was received by us.  If you have an announcement you'd like to make and it fits within our mission let us know and we'll get it in a future newsletter.


• Nebraska State Genealogical Society annual conference and membership meeting
               * April 26th & 27th
               * Quality Inn & Conference Center - Grand Island, Nebraska
               * Featured speaker : Blaine Bettinger


• Swedish National Archives Digital Collection
            Search in the National Archives' digital archives, indexes and databases.

• Abandoned Railroads in the United States
            Thousands of miles of railroads have been abandoned in the United States, much of it in the last 40 years. All of these abandoned railways have a history and a story. This web site is dedicated to the preservation of the history of each of these former railroad lines and the companies that operated them.  If you had an ancestor that worked for a railroad that no longer exists chances are good you may find it here

• New York Slavery Index
           Records of Enslaved Persons and Slave Holders in New York from 1525 though the Civil War.

• Canada Genealogy resources
           Your guide to Canada's best family history sources.


What's New:

The following items have been recently added to our collection.  Most items, once cataloged, can be located in the Carole Tucker Reading Room:

• History of Beaver Crossing, Nebraska
           c1975 - compiled by the Beaver Crossing Centennial Committee - 220 pgs

• Tuttle / Tuthill lines in America
           c1968 - by Alva M. Tuttle - 726 pgs

• Creighton Valley Cemetery Historical Project: 1890-2018 — Scotts Bluff Co., Nebraska
           c2019 - compiled by Joan Johns and Karen (Johns) Jackson - 425 pgs

• Abie to Yutan : Nebraska's pictorial history
           c1994 - by Jerry Allen Jacobitz.- 334 pgs

• Leaning into the wind : women write from the heart of the West
           c1997 - edited by Linda Hasselstrom, Gaydell Collier, and Nancy Curtis - 388 pgs

• Dr. Samuel Alexander Mudd and his descendants
           c1989 - by Richard D. Mudd - 57 pgs

• History of Leavenworth County, Kansas
           c1990 - by the Leavenworth County Genealogical Society - 464 pgs

• Eye-witnesses to wagon trains West
           c1973 - edited by James Hewitt - 178 pgs

• Superior, Nebraska : the common-sense values of America's heartland
           c2007 - by Denis Boyles - 278 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.

• Joan Johns & Karen Jackson

• Shirley Weihing

• Connie King

• Pat Gribble

 **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**


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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