Some News!

The website has been brought back online utilizing a different website platform and a slightly modified and updated look than the previous website.  Although some of the features we had planned have not been implemented we felt there was enough interest in the site to warrant bringing it back online prematurely.  This newsletter will be the venue for announcing new features and functions of the site so please stay tuned.

The new Minatare history book project as mentioned in the last newsletter is gaining momentum.  As of this writing the project has eight volunteer committee members who are working on various aspects of the volume.  The committee meets on the 2nd and 4th Mondays of each month from 10:00 a.m. to noon at the Minatare Public Library and from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at the Minatare Community Room.  The Minatare Alumni meeting will be held at the Gering Civic Center on July 25th at 6:00 p.m., one of the topics to be presented on and discussed is the direction of the history book project and how the alumni can help with its development.    For more information and/or to help with the project please contact Mary "Francie" Warren via e-mail at

Finally, a suggestion was made by one of our readers that we create and include a link to a list of all the past issues of the newsletter, so, from this newsletter forward, at the very bottom of the page just above our address next to the "Unsubscribe" and "Edit your subscription" link you will see a new link to the "eNewsletter Archive".  The archive will contain PDF versions of each issue of the newsletter as published.  Thanks for the suggestion and keep 'em coming!


Genealogy Roundtable Forum: July 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 Friendly Club, a local Japanese women's club based in Scottsbluff will be the topic of our July 19th forum.  The program will be presented by Nancy Sato and Micki Hera.  Micki will start the program by discussing the history of the organization and its origins, their philosophy and goals, and finally their future.  Nancy will follow up with details about the groups meetings on the first Saturday of each month, their yearly fundraiser in November and their dedication to support the Japanese hall which is located on Ave C and Railway Ave. in Scottsbluff.


A big THANK YOU! to Jack Preston and the Chautauqua committee for inviting us to participate in a joint program for the Humanities Nebraska Chautauqua event for our June forum.  Turn out and participation for the program which was held at the Legacy of the Plains museum complex on June 21st was as large as we had hoped for and it seemed to meet the needs of most everyone in attendance.  Jack provided some valuable research information and basic how-to details on what the quadrangle or Public Land Survey System is, when it was developed and why, how it works and which homestead information is available online and which isn't and why.


What's New:

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

• Descendants of Bernard Soester: from Germany to Wisconsin to Nebraska and beyond, 1840-2013
                         - c2013 - by Jewell Shanley and Kris Kanter - 321p

• Ancestors and Descendants of Isaiah Snell Stetson II: from England to Massachusetts to Wisconsin to Nebraska and beyond, 1554-2013
c2013 - by Jewell Shanley and Kris Kanter - 345p

• One Hundred Years of Spiritual Growing: Mitchell United Methodist Church, 1905-2005
- c2005 - by MUMC History Book Committee - 54p

• The Wagon Trains of '44: 
                         - c1990 - by Thomas A. Rumer; with foreword by Merrill J. Mattes - 273p

• Chardon's Journal at Fort Clark, 1834-1839
                         - c1997 - by F.A. Chardon - 458p

• Yesterday and Today: The Story of Cheyenne County Farm Bureau
                         - c1974 - by Dorothy L. Larson - 43p


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.

• Kris (Shanley) Kanter & Jewell (Stetson) Shanley

• Joan Johns

• Kimi Kramer

• Cheyenne County Genealogical Society

 **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:

As promised in the last issue of the newsletter, below is a link to a PDF file of our entire school annual/yearbook collection.  The list contains the year and name of the annual, the name of the school, the city, county and state of the annual, the call number and bar code number of the annual.  Please keep in mind that we don't normally allow the yearbooks to be checked out but we will make an exception for a class reunion get together.

WNFRHC School Yearbook Collection

If you have an annual that would fill one of the holes in our collection and you're willing to part with it, we would love to add it to our holdings.  Please feel free to contact any volunteer at the Center.