Friday, October 12, 2018

Some Gave It All

We are gathering information regarding Nemaha Countians who died in service to their country for a new display at the military museum. Unfortunately, there isn't a 'magic button' to help create this list.

If you know of a NEMAHA COUNTY family member or friend that died serving their country, could you check our list to make sure we have their name? 

If the name is missing, please let us know by

  • commenting on this post, 
  • posting on our Facebook page
  • emailing us:
Again, check our Killed in Action List to make sure we have your Nemaha County family member or friend who died serving their country recorded.

Thanks for your help compiling this list!

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Affiliate Library

For me, one of the joys of genealogy research is the ability to access a wide variety of records, including land and probate, through the Family Search website. That joy is compounded when I can work in an affiliate library.

Recently, Family Search released the application for more public libraries to become affiliate libraries. The application process requires the public library to have a static IP address. This static IP address allows Family Search to make restricted records available at the public library while preventing access at other locations, such as my home. In addition, the library agrees to provide a link to Family Search for their library patrons.

Below is a video explaining why I'm hoping my public library and area public libraries will complete this application.

Libraries wishing to complete the application should:
  • Print out the new contract.
  • Sign the document, scan it, and save it as a PDF file.
  • Email the signed document PDF to affiliatelibraries at
  • FamilySearch will return a countersigned contract to you

Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Check Out Clio

When planning family outings, do you try to include visits to museums, historical sites or points of interest? If so, there's an app to help you choose where to visit: Clio. Clio is a mobile app and web site to guide users to thousands of historical and cultural sites in the United States.

 Last week, the Nemaha County Historical Society was approved to add entries to Clio. As an initial project, we have added six Seneca sites to Clio:

  • Hand Dug Well
  • Nemaha County Historical Society
  • Temple of Honor Military Museum
  • Seneca Post Office
  • Seneca Free Library
  • Seneca Fire Department Museum
Each of these sites as well as most of the sites on Clio include photos and links to further information. The written information about each site was taken from the walking tour posters, brochures and even a post card. (Yes, a bibliography of the sources used is at the bottom of each entry.) 

There are a lot more places in Nemaha county deserving an entry on Clio. However, we will need the communities help to gather the photos, links and source material. (Note: This would make a great senior project.)

Check us out on Clio!

Tuesday, August 7, 2018

Quit before Four

Cletus Suther and family donated a quilt made by the 'Quit before Four' quilting group to the Nemaha County Historical Society today.

Members of the club each made a quilt block and signed the block. Names on the block include Francis Krammer, laurine Lackey, Louise Stuke, Dorothy Lierz, Elizabeth Frehe, Cathryn Lierz, Minnie Stuke, Rose Gress, Rita Stuke, Rachel Henry, Dorothy Ronnebaum, Charlene Mohlman, Josephine Kuckleman, Marie Ronnebaum and Elsie Wempe.

Sunday, August 5, 2018

Mysterious Item

Do you know the history behind this item?

This trash can is made out of cardboard. The donor said that cardboard was used to make trash cans during World War II to avoid using metal in the making of the trash cans.

The following blog posts discuss the need to save metal for the war effort.

There is an imprint on the side of the trash can.

We believe this reads:
Menasha Inpervo Can
contents 2 1/2 gal
All Type
Mgr Under patent numbers
1,802,857 and 1,892,575
Menasha, Was.

Unfortunately, historical information about this item has not been found. Please contact the Nemaha County Historical Society ( if you have information on this or any similar item.

Tuesday, July 31, 2018

2018 Tractor Cruise a Success

Thank you to everyone who supported the Nemaha County Historical Society by participating in this year's Tractor Cruise.

We would also like to thank Richard Schmitz for all of his work planning and coordinating this annual event.

Join us next year as we cruise the county!

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.

Due Bills

We've all likely heard the term, 'bills due' but have you heard of 'due bills'. As we were going thru boxes to verify wh...