The following was written by the conference organizers:
Land Records and Genealogy Symposium 2013
July 12 & 13, 2013
Southeast Community College, Truman Center
4771 W. Scott Rd., Beatrice, Nebraska
This symposium, a partnership between the Homestead National Monument and Southeast Community College, is one of the best Midwestern conferences offered in the region, at one of the most affordable rates found anywhere. This symposium is for everyone interested in genealogy, homesteading, pioneer history, and records research. Just when you think you’ve figured out land records, this conference will leave you excited all over again.
Speakers and topics include:
The Monument and College offer this excellent symposium every two years. Homestead National Monument of America, located on one of the first homestead sites granted in America, commemorates one of the most enduring episodes in American history, the homestead movement (http://www.nps.gov/home/index.htm). Southeast Community College, with three campuses in Nebraska, is rated among the top 10 percent of 1,250 community colleges in the U.S. (https://www.southeast.edu/). The two together have consistently hosted a first-rate “out-West” conference with nationally-ranked speakers and themes that touch on all aspects of genealogical research, with an emphasis on land records.
- Roberta “Bobbi” King, homestead researcher, speaker, and writer: “Homesteading: A Historical Perspective”
- David Williams, Senior Product Manager for Fold3: “Military Homesteaders” and “Introduction to Fold3”
- Laura Prescott, professional genealogist, writer, and speaker: “Introduction to Ancestry” and “Finding the Land: Cash Sales, Military Scrip and Preemption”
- Deborah Abbott, past president of the African-American Genealogical Society: “Using Land Records in Slave Research”
- David Rencher, Chief Genealogical Officer for FamilySearch: “FamilySearch, Gathering Land Records”
- Gail Blankenau, genealogist and photo historian (“Dating & Identifying Your 19th-Century Photographs” and “Tumbleweeds in the Windows: Women Homesteaders”)
The cost, $69 for one-day, $99 for two-day registration, includes lunch. An additional event on Friday, July 12, at the Monument ($19) includes dinner, entertainment, and visiting.
Don’t let the threat of hot weather deter you, those amazing fireflies may be joining us.
For your extended research work, the Nebraska State Historical Society (www.nebraskahistory.org) is located in Lincoln, about 40 miles north of Beatrice, and locally, the Beatrice Public Library is the repository for materials published by the Nebraska State Genealogical Society (www.nesgs.org).
You may read about and register for the symposium at https://www.southeast.edu/assets/0/74/87/324/325/558/ca96df10-7a9d-472e-9b94-74e6b5942b29.pdf.