In April of 1997 when I was notified that this site and particularly the 1895 Atlas portion of it was chosen as the "Genealogical Site of the Month for April 1997" by The Colorado Genealogical Society and is on one of their feature pages called the "The Colorado Cool Site of the Month". I checked out this site and the choices that they have made for the last two years are also accessible and I found things I never knew existed, so it is great. Thanks again for the honor, I am truly appreciative.

"The Siggy"



On August 8th, 1997 I was stunned, surprised and deeply appreciative as I was notified that I had won the second national award from the United States Internet Genealogical Society. Since that time I have become a Corporate Sponsor of the organization because of all of the great works this group is doing to get free access information on the net for researchers.

If you are interested in information about the United States Internet Genealogical Society please click on the word Siggy at the top of this paragraph and it will take you to their web site with tons of membership, sponsorship and other pertinent information.

In July of 1998 the 1895 Atlas portion of the Livingston County MI USGenWeb Project was awarded the Family History Favorite Award. Below is a portion of the notification that I received from them regarding the award. I was very stunned and pleased that they would pick out this site from so many that are out there with phenomenal information for genealogists.

Dear Pam,

In recognition of excellence in providing the genealogical community with this valuable research site, is happy to announce that your site, 1895 U.S. Atlas has been awarded the "Family History Favorite Award". Your site will be featured in today's Ancestry Daily News with a brief description. (June 17, 1998)

Congratulations on a job well done!

Best wishes,

Juliana S. Smith

Editor, Ancestry Daily News

9 November 1998

Congratulations! Your page: has been selected to receive a Links2Go Key Resource award in the Nebraska topic!

The Links2Go Key Resource award is both exclusive and objective. Fewer than one page in one thousand will ever be selected for inclusion. 

Further, unlike most awards that rely on the subjective
opinion of "experts," many of whom have only looked at tens or hundreds of thousands of pages in bestowing their awards, the Links2Go Key Resource award is completely objective and is based on an analysis of millions of web pages. During the course of our analysis, we identify which links are most representative of each of the thousands of topics in Links2Go, based on how actual page authors, like yourself, index and organize links on their pages. In fact, the Key Resource award is so exclusive, even we don't qualify for it (yet ;)!

Once again, congratulations on your award!

Links2Go Awards

3 June 1999


Your website, has been selected as a featured site in StudyWeb as one of the best educational resources on the web by our Researchers.

StudyWeb is one of the Internet's premier sites for educational resources for students and teachers. Since 1996 our professional reviewers have been scouring the Internet to select only the finest sites to be included in StudyWeb's reviews. Each site in StudyWeb includes a detailed review describing it's merits.

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Inclusion in StudyWeb will increase your exposure and attract new visitors to your site: our reviews have been featured on Webcrawler Select, The Top 5%, Education World, and many others. StudyWeb updates are provided to media and educational resources around the world.

Thanks -- and again, congratulations!


Leslie Kenny

Webmaster/Senior Editor


7 June 1999

Hi Pam!

I forgot to tell you that I awarded your "1895 U.S. Atlas" a Best of the Net award as the most outstanding site in my "Historic U.S. Maps" category of Net Links:



September 1999

I was so honored to receive word from Juliana Smith at Ancestry that both my Livingston County MI and my Chase County NE sites had received their Family History Favorite Award. 

You guys are the reason I keep putting up the data, thanks for your support.


The Jeff Murphy Award Winner - October 1999

I would like to announce the recipients of the Jeff Murphy Award for Excellence in USGenWeb Pages for the month of October 1999:


Pam Rietsch Livingston Co., MI

These awards are being given to excellent sites within the USGenWeb Project.  The Award homepage is at:  Nominations are now open for next months award winners (and for unrewarded states).  If you know of somebody with an outstanding USGenWeb site, please e-mail me, and we'll get them the recognition they deserve.

    Patrick Hays

     June 2000  

Hi Pam,

Congragulations! Your website "Chase County Nebraska GenWeb" has been awarded Access Genealogy's "Superior Imaging Award". 

Thedescription of your listing in our honor roll online is as follows:

Superior Imaging Award

Chase County Nebraska GenWeb

I've awarded Chase Co., GenWeb the imaging award for their placement of images of two manuscripts online: The 1892 Gardiner's Atlas of English History and 1891 Shippers Gazette. There are many other great images from other manuscripts and maps available as well here, but these two are the ones which overtly impress me. Take a look at how Pam Rietsch uses imaging to enhance genealogy online!

 June 2000


Your site has been selected to be included in Safexplorer's database for families. Newly launched this month, Safexplorer is a revolutionary family Internet browser which stands alone in delivering an entirely secure and rewarding Internet experience for children.

Three years in development, Safexplorer was created to meet demand from child advocacy, law enforcement, and family organizations for complete on-line protection for children. Recent news reports have highlighted the issue that children are surfing at their own risk, with no fail-proof way to protect them from on-line dangers. Now, Safexplorer has removed the cause for concern. It is the first software program that makes it possible for a child to surf alone and free -- in complete safety.

You may discover increased traffic on your site as we launch Safexplorer with a major North-American wide public relations campaign. You will also be interested to know that we are currently working on developing a secure Safexplorer seal of approval which you will be able to post on your site in the future.

Having your site chosen for the Safexplorer database is no small feat. We feature a database of thousands of quality sites in every category, all reviewed by a qualified panel of educators from various fields. Sites for children are screened by members of the panel to ensure they are kid-friendly. Those listed in adult-interest categories are chosen for their excellence. The end result is a safe, exceedingly well-organized database that delivers only top-notch educational and entertainment sites on the web in a bookmark format. Our unique search engine makes surfing easy and gratifying for the whole family.

As I'm sure you appreciate, surfing the Internet is part of daily life in homes across North America. But the rising incidences of children stumbling on pornography, violence, hate, and/or predators on-line, is sparking uproar among parents. Safexplorer is the solution they have been waiting for.

Safexplorer has more than 100 flexible features to enable users to surf safely and easily. The software program is so comprehensive that it would take a large number of competing products to match all of its benefits and features.

Key features include:

         - Fast and easy to load.

         - Parent administrated: Extremely easy to customize, parents set passwords and safety levels for each user in the home. Adults are free to roam  outside the Safexplorer's boundaries, but kids can find all they need within the browser.

         - Advanced desktop security that allows adults to lock their files, software programs and operating systems to avoid mishaps.

         - Prevents children from sending or receive email from strangers, or making on-line purchases without parental consent.

We appreciate that sites like yours are helping to keep the Internet an enjoyable, educational and safe experience. Keep up the good work!

Once again, congratulations.

Yours Sincerely,

Leslie A. Hayden
Senior Vice-President, Marketing and Communications

8 November 2000


1895 U.S. Atlas has been featured on, a new free genealogy resource center that simplifies the search for the best genealogy resources online.

Handpicked and reviewed by our editorial team, your site is showcased among the very best genealogy-related resources on the Web. We invite you to stop by and see your listing at

When you have time we hope you'll explore this powerful resource center. From,
quickly and easily find the best resources to perform ancestor searches by state, country, ethnicity and religion, browse historical records, access reference tools, locate lost family members, join genealogy communities and much more.

Again, congrats on a great site!

Best Wishes,
Cara Flesher


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