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!

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