Southwest Nebraska Genealogy Society

Category: Arts/Culture/Humanities

This Year's Project: SWNGS Library Computer Upgrade

About Our Organization

SWNGS a non profit formed in 1975 purpose is to 1) create and foster interest in and unite persons interested in family history; 2) encourage the preservation of public and private records; 3) promote programs of education supporting the growth and development of family history and 4) contribute and maintain genealogical research materials and equipment in the SWNGS library for future generations. We have free internet connection to assist our users for online research. We just became one of only four affiliates of the Family Search Library in SLC, Utah for the State of Nebraska. This allows our library users access to records in the SLC Library that have restricted general public access. Our library is available for on site research to the general public. We have books and research from all around the world but specifically hold direct interest in Red Willow county as well as Chase, Dundy, Hayes, Hitchcock, Frontier, Gosper, Furnas and Phelps as well as the counties that border us in Northwest Kansas. Our library is currently open Tuesday and Thursday afternoons and the first and third Saturday afternoons. We have just currently launched our new and improved SWNGS web site at

We are proud to house many original records such as the Red Willow County District Court books, a 99% completion of "courthouse copy originals" from Volume 2 thru 9 marriage applications and certificates, as well we have already plowed thru the old newspaper microfilms from the McCook Democrat to the McCook Tribune, the McCook Republican and currently the McCook Daily Gazette.  We house these records by years in 3 ring binders.  Each year contains the write ups on births, marriages, deaths, reunions, school reunions, etc. We have helped to regenerate the cemetery records to the best of our knowledge and are in the process of photographing Calvary Cemetery and Memorial Park.  If you need it, we most likely have it in our library.  

Your donations will help house and maintain these records of the people of McCook for future generations to come.  Drop by our SWNGS Library in the Merit Building so we can personally "thank you" for your donation and maybe help you with your family history.

Current Project: SWNGS Library Computer Upgrade

Our current SWNGS library computers are all Windows 7 version which will no longer be serviced by Microsoft come January 2020.  Therefore, we need to replace our current computers with Windows 10 version computers.  These computers are used to house many original photos, forms and records.  Also our website is maintained via these SWNGS library computers.  We are looking to purchase new Windows 10 computers via downtown McCook merchants.  Our website space is currently donated locally by 20/20 Technologies and our wifi is currently donated locally by Wally Hampton.  Help us preserve the past for the future generations by continuing on with this immediate need and costly upgrade.  Your donations are very much appreciated.  Let's keep McCook alive and well for those searching past records as well as continuing to provide a service for those generations in the future.

$3,221 Raised So Far!
15 Donors
Legal Name: Southwest Nebraska Genealogy Society

110 West C Street Suite M3
McCook, NE 69001

(308) 350-0126

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