Friday, May 29, 2009

Kilgore Memorial Library, York, Nebraska

The Kilgore Memorial Library in York, Nebraska, located a couple blocks off the main area of York, contains some resources for the genealogist.  

520 Nebraska Avenue 
York, NE 68467-3035
Monday-Thursday  10 a.m. to 9 p.m. 
Friday and Saturday  10 a.m. to 5 p.m. 
Sunday 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. 

In their library you will find an index to local newspapers as well as microfilm of newspapers. They have some York High School annuals and some York College annuals.  City directories are available for 1887, 1891, 1902, 1906, 1909, 1912, and 1915.  The library has two volumes of local cemetery extracts for York area cemeteries.  You can check the location of York area cemeteries online.  Once you click on a cemetery name, you are directed to a Google Map of the cemetery.   

The Kilgore Memorial Library will answer limited genealogy requests.  An e-mail contact form is located on their web page.  If you are traveling, you can use one of their computer workstations or use your own laptop through their WIFI.  

Another great source for the genealogist is the York County Historical Association, PO Box 81, York, NE 68467.  They have many excellent genealogical databases on their web page.  These include records of land, naturalizations, directories, atlases, mortuary records, GAR records, county histories and school records.  You can use their order form to obtain copies.  

York County is an original county, formed in 1855.  You will find many old records there, so enjoy your visit in person or on the Internet. 

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Traveling to Salt Lake City

Good morning!  This blog will be quiet for a few weeks.  I'm leaving this morning to begin my trip to Salt Lake City (yes, for research!).  This will mean stops here and there along the way (yes, for research!).  

To follow with what I'm doing (in case you are interested), please read the blog The You Go Genealogy Girls.  My sister-in-law and I will be traveling together and you will enjoy reading our comments.  Maybe you will enjoy the blog so much, you will become a follower and read it even after I'm back home.  

Thursday, May 7, 2009

Knight Museum & Sandhills Center Heritage Room - Alliance, Nebraska

The newly remodeled Knight Museum & Sandhills Center has a wonderful Heritage Room for the pursuit of genealogical and historical information.  Emphasis in the collection is on Box Butte County and Western Nebraska.  The museum and center is located at 908 Yellowstone in Alliance; 308-762-2384;  Until March 2010 when the center is officially complete, the hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and on weekends by appointment.  

In the Heritage Room you will find not only indexes and books, but also original records that were once housed in the Box Butte County Courthouse.  There are also numerous databases that have been placed on Internet at Box Butte County Databases

Marriages - film and copies up to 1940 - database on Internet
Delayed Birth Records - originals - index on Internet
Court Records - originals 1887-1943 and index
Divorces - originals to 1943
Cemetery Books for the Alliance Cemetery, Calvary Cemetery, Hemingford Cemetery, rural cemeteries 
Birth Records - Dr. Petersen and Dr. Burnham - originals and index 
Funeral Home Records - Miller and Landa - originals and index 
Naturalizations - index from courthouse records 
School Annuals for Alliance High School (ca 1910-1980), Hemingford High School and St. Agnes High School 
Soldier's Index of 1891 
Patent Record Index - indexed by local genealogical society - originals in courthouse 
1887 Tax List Index - indexed by local genealogical society - originals in courthouse 
Newspapers on microfilm - Alliance, Hemingford and Lakeside 
Families histories, scrapbooks, etc. 
County histories 
Box Butte County census - all that is currently available 

The Cemetery books contain extensive information.  They are in loose leaf notebooks.  Where available, newspaper data on the deceased, the obituary and family information has been added, along with a photograph of the tombstone.  

The Heritage Room has WIFI and also a computer for patron use.  Director, Becci Thomas, extends a welcome to anyone interested in visiting the center.  Add it to your genealogy research places to visit!