Genealogy Roundtable Forum: May 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.

Oregon Trail Museum

Robert "Bob" Manasek, Resource Management Specialist at the Scottsbluff National Monument, will be presenting a program about the Oregon Trail Museum and the Scottsbluff National Monument's collection of artifacts to the West Nebraska Family Research & History Center on Saturday, May 18th at 1:30 pm.

The Oregon Trail Museum and Visitor Center was built in phases beginning in 1935 and ending in 1949.  The museum and visitor center consists of primarily three rooms, the museum houses the History Room which contains various exhibits of America's westward expansion and a book and gift sales area; the William Henry Jackson Room dedicated to the display of Jackson's drawings and paintings; and the Landmark Room displaying the geologic and paleontological history of the area.

The presentation is free and open to the public.


History of the West Nebraska Methodist Hospital

A big thank you to Vickie Schmidt who presented her program on the history of the West Nebraska Methodist Hospital and the little known story of the building as it was originally intended and then how it ultimately met a 6,000 lb wrecking ball.  The building, considered "a magnificent structure", not only changed Scottsbluff's skyline in 1929 when it was built but then again when it was razed in 1979.


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 pleased 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.


• June 15, 2019 - West Nebraska Family Research & History Center sponsored field trip to the Knight Museum and Sandhills Center, the Sallows Military Museum and the Nebraska Veterans Cemetery at Alliance.  This event will take the place of our regularly scheduled roundtable forum for June.  More details will be provided in next months newsletter but set the date aside now.


• Free Genealogy Search Help for Google
            This free genealogy site helps you use Googleâ„¢ for your research. It creates a series of different searches using tips or "tricks" that will likely improve your results using Google to find ancestry information on the Internet.

• Washington State Digital Archives
             The Washington State Digital Archives is the nation's first archives dedicated specifically to the preservation of electronic records from both State and Local agencies that have permanent legal, fiscal or historical value.  The web interface and database storehouse were custom designed specifically for the Digital Archives to hold the unique and very important electronic records found throughout the state, and to provide simple, straight forward access to researchers.


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:

• A Time of Innocence : Gering 1955
           c2019 - by Bob Rockwell - 106 pgs

• Extra Innings : the story of Modisett Ball Park
           c2014 - by Jeff Barnes - 64 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.

• Tom Perkins

• 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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