This is one of my projects that started when my cousins and I met in Wayne, Nebraska for a reunion and to spend time with Uncle George. It’s a Cousins’ Guide to Wayne because many had no idea of how to find family history in this small town. The first time I took a draft copy for everyone and they helped fill in the blanks. Actually it’s still in draft form – there are always things to add. Uncle George is gone now, but the cousins might still gather in Wayne, so there will be a new edition of the guide. I offer it as an idea for a town that’s important to you.
I printed it out in booklet form which didn’t transfer to the blog format so I’ll just include a few pages. Printing on plain paper with room for folks to make notes or additions seem to work well. I felt no need to have all the answers, so I included many questions – let everyone contribute!
I included several places downtown that had meaning for the family – either many years ago or our current favorite restaurant. In Wayne, I had to include Swan’s Apparel which has been important to the women in the family for generations! Consider schools, employers, neighbors, clubs, and of course, cemeteries.
I also wanted to include the surrounding area. I started pages for all the side trips Uncle George would take us on for a day’s drive. Didn’t finish all of George’s portion before he died. And I don’t have a photo of the Green Diamond restaurant in St. James, Nebraska.
Hope this encourages you to try a guide to your family’s town.