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WILSEY, BURKEY, January 2010

I have been researching the WILSEY family of Milford, Nebraska.  One member of that family was Jerman Lester WILSEY, who was my mother's brother.  I do not see the name listed in the name index for the county, but I know he and his family were in Republican City in 1900 (see the 1900 Census for Harlan County and Jerman Lester WILSEY in Republican City, Mullaly Township).  His wife was May Burkey and without positive proof I am wondering if she was related to the owner of Burkey's Hardware that is listed in the name index.  There were also Burkeys in Milford.
Bill Hunter -  []

ACHEN, October 2009

I am researching the family of Ernest C Achen.  I find them in Harlen County in 1880.  Ernest and some of his family are buried in the Alma Cemetery.  He died in 1907.  George and Elizabeth had three Children, George W., Charles W. and Ralph.  The children were born in Illinois in Lake County.  I am wanting to correspond with descendants of this family.  Ernest was a brother to my gggrandfather John Achen and they immigrated to America through Hamburg via Quebec arriving in Milwaulkee.
Catherine Dorsey - 

MERRY, April 2008

Looking for any information about the following Orleans, Nebraska residents.

MERRY, JOHN WESLEY - Died February 13, 1923 – Orleans
MERRY, FLORENCE C. (STOUT) - Died March 27, 1931 – Alma
Both John and Florence are buried in Orleans Cemetery. I have visited their graves. Any additional information on their time in Harlan County would be appreciated. Robert was John's father and is listed as a Civil War veteran in the Nebraska Civil War Veteran's list. I need any information about him. Burial location for Robert would be especially appreciated.
MERRY, BEULAH - Born January 3, 1897 - Orleans; Died (date unknown) - Orleans.  Beulah is the daughter of John & Florence and is buried beside them in the Orleans Cemetery.
Contact:  Ron Medinger, P.O. Box 692, Talent OR 97540

UNKNOWN, August 2007

  Can you identify these people?
Wendy Bunde, 3501 Old Stage Road, Huntingdon, TN 38344

HUNT, May 2007

Aurin B. HUNT and Lillie W. HUNT were husband and wife (my great grandparents).  I have been searching for obituaries for both.  The Alma paper announced his death and promised an obituary in the next week's paper but none ever materialized.  Since he died in Red Cloud I was hoping that perhaps there was an obituary there but no luck so far.  C. Blaine was their son.  I have his obituary.  I'm not sure why there was never a marker for him....he died in Colorado but obviously was buried with his parents.
Sherrilyn Hunt Phillips - Sequim, Washington



I'm working on the link between Grand Lake, Colorado and Alma, NE.


While doing some research at the Grand County CO courthouse I found where a John Griffin from Alma NE sold his cabin on Grand Lake to T. L. Porter also from Alma, NE in October of 1908. My grandparents, also from Alma purchased that same fall a lot on Grand Lake. Both summer cottages are still in their respective families. To my knowledge Porter was an atty and business man in Alma. My grandfather was a dentist but I have no information on the John Griffin family. I do have a photo of Mr. and Mrs. Griffin if that would help in any way.


Steve Batty -


AVERY, Jan 2006

Looking for information on Samuel Avery (born Jan 4, 1826) and his family.

Looking for names of children and wife. Beleive they lived in the Huntley area.  He died March 30, 1910 and is buried in Brainbridge Cemetery near Huntley, Nebraska.  Any and all info would be helpfull.


Thanks in advance – Betty []

BILLINGS, Jan 2006

Seeking info regarding Harry Billings and son James Billings who were

in 1880 census in Alma, Nebraska.
nancym []




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