This Year's Project:
About Our Organization
SWNGS a non profit formed in 1975 purpose is to: 1) create & 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.
Free internet access is available for online research. We are 1 of 4 Affiliate Libraries for Family Search in Utah here in Nebraska. This allows our library users access to records in the SLC Library that are "restricted" to general public view. So if this happens during your home research, you can view these records through the private servers of our SWNGS library.
Our library is available for on site research to the public. We have books 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. Feel free t to check out our NEW web site: www.swngs.org.
We are proud to house many original records. From the Red Willow County District Court books to "courthouse copy originals" Volume 2-9 containing marriage applications and certificates.
Vital records from old newspaper microfilms include the McCook Democrat, the McCook Tribune, the McCook Republican and the McCook Daily Gazette. These records are by year in 3 ring binders. Each year contains the 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. Riverview Cemetery, and most smaller rural cemeteries are on our web site. If it's genealogically related, we most likely house it in our library. We would be happy to give your family history a home in our library holdings too.
Currently teach genealogy courses at McCook Community College and at McCook High School Bison Days.
You are invited to visit and become a member as we are supported soley by membership dues and donations. Your donations will help to house and maintain the records of McCook for future generations. Please drop by our SWNGS Library in the Masonic Temple Building where we can personally "thank you" for your donation and perhaps help you with your family history!
Saving The Past For The Future Update Camera and Video Set Up Units
We have two main areas in need of equipment updates. An upgraded computer for our camera set up unit. This unit allows us to photograph oversized books, plat maps and old personal family photos. We have many people who bring in their old photos which can be touched up to the best possible ability thru our photo restoration software.
The second area is a completely different set up but still in need of a computer to convert old family slides, photos and vhs versions into the current digital format usable on most devices these days.
Both of these units provide opportunities for us to help service the community of southwest Nebraska to preserve family heirlooms and keepsakes using the most current digital capabilities.
As well this will also help to maintain records and provide local groups, organizations, churches, etc. to obtain a digital copy of their older record books and registers so they can be viewed and printed without constantly handling your original record books.
We continue to work with the Courthouse, High Plains Museum and the many organizations and churches not only in McCook but also in the southwest Nebraska area from Furnas to Hitchcock, Hayes, Dundy up to Chase and Frontier and back to Gosper Counties.
Your donations will help us provide the Southwest Nebraska community the ability to PRESERVE their photos and records using the latest digital basis possible.
We thank you in advance for considering how your donation will greatly help to achieve this goal to maintain the past for the future generations!
New Location & Grand Re-opening Maintaining the Records
Due to circumstances beyond our control, we had to relocate the Southwest Nebraska Genealogy Library this year. This came with many unexpected out-of-pocket expenses. Those expenses include moving costs, new deposit, increased monthly rent, carpet cleaning and painting the new location. Replace 3 bookcases and a couple of file cabinets but could use a few more.
Needless to say the search for a new location took several months and we are thankful for God's provision as we are now located at 322 Norris Avenue Suite 2-7 on the 2nd floor in the Masonic Temple Building. We currently have a Facebook page and invite you to submit your genealogy questions or visit our newly rebuilt website at swngs.org.
Lastly we need to purchase new banners, business cards, address labels to update our new address. We are the only repository and group maintaining the records of McCook, Red Willow County as well as the other Southwest area counties. Help us keep this library open. We accept and would be happy to house any donations of your personal family history, cemetery records, photos, etc. Feel free to stop by any Tuesday or Thursday afternoon or contact us to set up a special time for us to help you research your family history. We have visitors from all over the United States.
If you wish to donate from home feel free to donate to us thru Paypal using our email address which is: firstname.lastname@example.org or checks can be sent to: PO Box 156, McCook NE
Better yet we invite you to drop by and check out our new location at 322 Norris, Suite 2-7, Second floor elevator available during the day of Big Give, November 5, 2020 from 1-4 PM.
THANKS FOR YOUR SUPPORT TO THE GENEALOGY LIBRARY AS WELL AS MAINTAINING THE LOCAL RECORDS FOR THE FUTURE ENJOYMENT OF THE COMMUNITY !
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 www.swngs.org 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.