Some News!

Since we are so late getting this newsletter out to everyone it won't be as complete as it should be but there is still some good information contained within.

The website is still down waiting on Floyd....maybe next month.

A new history book project is in its early stages as this newsletter goes to press.  A group interested in compiling and publishing a 100 year history of the town of Minatare has met for the first time to discuss the project.  Mary Warren of Gering is the driving force and inspiration for the project and has been recruiting history book committee members to help compile information, write articles and gather photographs.  The group met informally on Tuesday, June 17th at the Minatare Public Library to discuss the direction and timeline for the project.  Book sections and other details were discussed as well as the plan to approach the Minatare city council for support and possible partial funding.  For those interested in helping with the project please contact Mary Warren.

Speaking of Mary Warren, Mary has also joined the staff here at the research center as a special projects volunteer.  Right now Mary plans to just work on our ever expanding obituary index but will probably move into other areas after the Minatare history book is published. 

Genealogy Roundtable Forum: June 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.

The "Exploring Homestead Records" Forum for June has been moved from our office to the Legacy of the Plains Museum complex for a collaborative effort and program on land and homestead records and how to research utilizing the United States Bureau of Land Management records website and

Jack Preston of the Legacy of the Plains Museum will lead the workshop which is scheduled to begin at 1:00 p.m. instead of our customary 1:30 p.m. start time.

Computers with internet access will be on hand and available for the public to use while learning how to search and use land records to accomplish their research objectives.


A big THANK YOU! to Allen Pannell for taking the time to drive from Alliance to present at the May Forum.  Allen discussed the design and development of Nebraska's only statewide veterans cemetery.  Allen talked about their mission and their plans to educate the public through various programs and services.

What's New:

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

  • Chadron State College 2011 Alumni Directory
                                       - c2011 - CSC Alumni Association - 1cd
  • 1966 Scottsbluff/Gering City Directory
    c1966 - R.L. Polk
  • 1975 Scottsbluff/Gering City Directory
    - c1975 - R.L. Polk
  • 100 years of progress: The Centennial History of Anna, Illinois
                                       - c1954 - Anna Centennial Committee - 454p

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.

  • Nancy Haney
  • Joan Johns
  • Cathy Gillette


**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**

Collection Highlights:

In an effort to help you, our patrons, understand the depth and diversity of our collection we will highlight specific sections or research areas of the library.  Since summer and class reunion season is upon us we will outline in detail our school annual holdings over the next several issues.

In short, we have nearly 400 school annuals in our collection.  We have yearbooks from:

  • Alliance - 7 volumes
  • Banner County School - 11 volumes
  • Bayard - 32 vols
  • Bridgeport - 11 vols
  • Garden County School - 10 vols
  • Gering - 14 vols
  • Hay Springs - 2 vols
  • Hemingford - 2 vols
  • Kimball County School - 7 vols
  • Lexington - 1 vol
  • Liberty School - 1 vol
  • Lyman - 10 vols
  • McGrew - 1 vol
  • Melbeta - 15 vols
  • Minatare - 8 vols
  • Mitchell - 9 vols
  • Morrill - 40 vols
  • Rushville - 4 vols
  • Scottsbluff - 42 vols
  • Sunflower - 3 vols
  • Sunol - 4 vols
  • Evergreen Schools, Colorado - 5 vols
  • Greeley Schools, Colorado - 1 vol
  • CY Junior High, Casper, Wyoming - 3 vols
  • Hawk Springs - 18 vols (complete set)
  • Lingle-Ft. Laramie School - 5 vols
  • Southeast Goshen County - 1 vol
  • Sunrise School - 1 vol
  • Torrington, Wyoming - 3 vols
  • Chadron State College - 4 vols
  • Hastings College - 10 vols
  • Hiram Scotts College - 6 vols (complete set)
  • Peru State College - 2 vols
  • Scottsbluff Junior College - 7 vols
  • University of Nebraska - 22 vols
  • Western Nebraska School of Nursing - 2 vols
  • Nebraska State Patrol yearbook - 1 vol
  • Tehama Temple - 1 vol
  • Colorado A & M - 3 vols
  • Colorado Teachers College - 2 vols
  • University of Denver - 1 vol
  • Iowa State College - 1 vol
  • Brigham Young University - 1 vol
  • Rutgers University - 1 vol
  • University of South Dakota - 3 vols
  • University of Wyoming - 7 vols

 A link to a complete list will be included with the next newsletter.