Databases, Collections & Projects

The staff here at the Research Center have taken on many projects over the years, some have been completed, some are still a “work in progress” and some are still in the discussion stage. However, all of our projects are designed to utilize the talents and limited volunteer time of some of our patrons who want to help but can’t commit to a regular or stringent schedule. Regardless of the project type, all of them eventually become a resource for us to use for future research requests. Some of the projects we are currently working on are listed below.

If you would like to volunteer your time or expertise to one of these projects, or you have an idea for a project for us, please let us know. We also invite you to consider contributing financially to our efforts.


Active Projects

Obituary collections

The West Nebraska Family Research & History Center staff has been clipping obituaries out of the regional newspapers and pasting them into 3-ring binders since …
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Memorial Card collection

As odd as it may seem, collecting memorial cards can be quite rewarding, especially in regards to genealogical information.  The West Nebraska Family Research & …
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Probate Index & Files

Probate is the process that transfers legal title of property from the estate of the person who has died (the “decedent”) to their proper beneficiaries. The …
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Memorial Book collection

Project Name: MemBooksProject Manager: Floyd Smith IIIProject Status: Active / On-goingProject Statistics as of: 11 Dec 2021 12 Number of Memorial Books in Collection 1929 Year of oldest Book …
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Panhandle Burial Index

Completed Projects

Fisher Mortuary records

Fisher Mortuary actually began its existence in 1907 as the Ben A. Rosebrough Company, a hardware, furniture and undertaking business in Mitchell, Nebraska.Late in 1923 …
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Vance Funeral Home records

Unfortunately not a lot of information is known about the Vance Funeral Home in Odell, Nebraska except for the fact that it obviously existed as …
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Keith Co., Chattel Mortgages -Book 27

According to the Marriam-Webster website a Chattel is an item of tangible movable or immovable property except real estate and things (such as buildings) connected …
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Walton G. Robert Mortuary records

Walton G. Roberts (1867-1959) owned and operated a funeral home/parlor/mortuary beginning in 1887 in Lincoln, Lancaster Co., NE.  During his time in the business Mr. …
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Natalie Lutton research collection

Natalie was a long time, avid genealogist who understood the value of clipping and saving not only obituaries, but birth announcements and marriage and anniversary …
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Pending Projects

Phelps Co., Probate -Book F

Project Name: Phelps Probate FProject Manager: Project Details: Project Status: Pending / PlanningPercent Completed: Project Statistics: ?? ?? ??
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