Thursday, June 7, 2018

Newspaper Research

Resources for Nemaha County and Kansas Newspapers
Interlibrary Loan – Microfilm of Kansas Newspapers
  • Researchers in Kansas can borrow KSHS microfilm collections on interlibrary loan through participating Kansas libraries. There is no fee for this service.
    • Please submit your request to your local library.
    • Provide the complete citation and microfilm reel numbers if possible.
    • Libraries can borrow up to two reels of film at a time per patron.
    • Film must be used on a microfilm reader/printer at the borrowing library.
    • The loan period is for four weeks (including shipping time).
    • Film is usually sent out within five business days after the request is received from the local library.

Saturday, April 28, 2018

Nemaha County on Billion Graves

Have you ever gone to a cemetery to decorate a loved one's grave and forgotten exactly where it is? Have you ever wondered who was buried near your ancestor?

Many genealogists rely on Find a Grave to help them with their cemetery research. Not only can Find a Grave help figure out what cemetery a relative was buried in, it often contains pictures of tombstones. Some online memorials include the obituary and/or links to other family members. Currently, most Find a Grave memorials will not help one find that family stone on decoration day.

Billion Graves is similar to Find a Grave. The major difference between the two sites is that Billion Graves entries begin with a picture of the tombstone. By starting with the picture, Billion Graves is able to capture the GPS location of the tombstone. Once pictures are uploaded to the site, volunteers transcribe the information on the stone.

Only a few Nemaha County cemeteries have been photographed. Below is part of the map for Dennis Cemetery.

Seventy-five tombstones have been photographed in Dennis Cemetery. Sixty-four of them have been transcribed. The green map markers on the above map indicate the location of the stones that have not been transcribed. Below is the picture of the J S Dennis tombstone and the transcribed information from the stone.

Michael Philbrick is the primary contributor of the Nemaha County photos to Billion Graves. Besides the Dennis Cemetery, he has photographed most of the Seneca City Cemetery and the Baileyville Cemetery.

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Rev. G. W. Jermane

[From Platte City (Mo. Landmark.]

A Tribute to the Memory of My Father

As my father was so little know by my friends in the West, I took upon it as a matter of filial duty to say some few things to his memory. And, as my friend and brother, W. M. Paxton, Esq. of Platte City Missouri, has so kindly written in verse of his death, and thereby has laid me under obligations I cannot repay. I the more cheerfully comply with the suggestion of friends, and affectionately notice his death.

George W. Jermane was born in Honeybrook, Chester county Pa. April 1st, 1804. He came to Philadelphia 1825. He was married to Rebecca Lindsay Dec 25th, 1827. He joined the M. E. Church on the 22d of September 1822, and remained in its communion until he died. He was one of the incorporators of St. Paul's M. E. Church and occupied a place in its pulpit when able to be present for the last 30 or 40 years. After preaching for some years he was ordained to Deacon's orders April 27th 1845. He was ordained Elder by Bishop Jaynes on March 28th 1852. Four years ago he was attacked by paralysis, and though he was able to go about he never recovered from that stroke. He served his Church faithfully. or years he  acted as Missionary for the southern district of Philadelphia, and was ever ready to do good. As a preacher he was beyond the ordinary standard of his day. He was earnest and eloquent, and as a result did much to lead men to Christ. He possessed a highly sympathetic nature and this enabled him to do very successful missionary work. He leaves three sons, and one daughter, Mrs. E. R. Branson, at whose residence he died on Tuesday morning June 14th at 9 o'clock and 25 minutes, after having been tenderly cared or and nursed by my sister and her faithful husband, and on the following Monday afternoon at 2 o'clock he was laid to rest by the side of my mother.
Let me die the death of the righteous
And let my last end be like his.
W. L. Jermane

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Recovered Treasure

Thanks to a sharp eye, a bit of family history in the Nemaha-Marshall County area was rescued over the weekend. A well-used Bible was found and donated to the historical society. Even though in very poor condition, this Bible contained a wealth of family information. Included in the Bible were entries for births, marriages and deaths along with a pile of newspaper clippings. The family pages are being placed in the archives. Since the acid in the newspaper clippings would contaminate the archives, the clippings were photographed and then discarded.

Below are some of the images associated with this family treasure:


Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Flagpoles Coming

Thanks to an Eagle Scout project by Bryant Stallbaumer, the Temple of Honor Military Museum will have new flagpoles gracing the lawn in front of the museum. The design calls for a circular base with an embedded five point star. Each point of the star will have a bronze medallion for the five branches of the service. Within the star will be three flagpoles. Once completed the United States flag, the Kansas flag and the MIA-POW flag will be flying in front of the the military museum.

This project is still in need of funding. If you would like to help get these flags flying in front of the military museum, your donation can be mailed to the Nemaha County Historical Society at 113 N. 6th, Seneca, Kansas. Please put 'flagpole' in the memo area of your check to specify this particular project.

Sunday, January 15, 2017

German Address Books

In the late 1800s, Nemaha County, Kansas saw a large influx of Germans. Many of these families became farmers and dairymen, gathered together for worship and built some beautiful churches. With reunions for the descendants of these early settlers still occurring, the family history has been preserved. Some of these families have even maintained contact with relatives in Germany.

Ancestry has released a new database that will make connecting with those German relatives even easier: Germany and Surrounding Areas Address Books: 1829-1974. This resource was searched for several of the local surnames with varying results


Since this database is in German, Ancestry encourages users to use German words and spelling when searching the database. Thus, those surnames reporting zero results might have results if a different spelling of the name is used.

Like city directories in the U.S., these address books contain an alphabetical list of heads of household. Also included will likely be the address and occupation information for the head of the household.