Sunday, April 24, 2011

Genealogy and Land Records Conference: Beatrice, NE - July 15-16, 2011

On July 16, 2011, I will be speaking at the Genealogy and Land Records Symposium in Beatrice, Nebraska. The following is a news release on the event. Click here for a program and registration form.

News Release from Homestead National Monument

Are you interested in researching your family history, land records, or learning about the latest technologies being applied by genealogists?  If so then you should plan to be at the 2011 Land Records and Genealogy Symposium.  The event will take place Friday and Saturday, July 15-16, 2011, and is co-sponsored by Southeast Community College of Beatrice and Homestead National Monument of America.  It will be held at the Truman Center building on Southeast Community College’s Beatrice campus.

The conference will feature engaging and knowledgeable speakers, excellent food and entertainment, and a Friday evening reception at Homestead National Monument of America.  Southeast Community College and Homestead National Monument of America have partnered once again to bring in professional genealogists to present a variety of topics and techniques that will enhance your genealogical research.

Speakers include:

Gail Blankenau - Gail is an experienced genealogist and photo historian who shares her research and ideas in through engaging interactive presentations.

Thomas MacEntee - Thomas is a genealogist specializing in the use of technology and social media to improve genealogical research and as a means of interacting with others in the family history community.  

Sylvia Murray - Sylvia has been the Director, consultant, and trainer at various Family History Centers since 1982 and she specializes in Midwestern United States research, researching female lines, on-site research, and locating homesteads.

Carla Anders - Carla has more than 30 years of experience as a genealogist in the Midwest region and she specializes in Land Platting.  Since 2009, Carla has been the Educational Director for the Missouri State Genealogical Society

Susan Petersen - Susan is a genealogist, writer and journalist.  Susan manages several web sites and blogs.  She specializes in helping people bring their information to the internet to share with other genealogists.

Please contact Blake Bell, Homestead National Monument of America’s Historian, with any programming questions at 402-223-1715 or at  Those wanting to register for the event should contact Kelly Morgan, Assistant Director of Continuing Education, Southeast Community College-Beatrice, at 402-228-8244 or

Remember, Homestead National Monument of America has an exciting schedule of events planned for 2011. Keep up with the latest information by following us on Twitter (HomesteadNM) and Facebook (Homestead National Monument of America). For information on the Monument's programs or activities, please call (402) 223-3514 or visit .

Homestead National Monument of America is a unit of the National Park Service located four miles west of Beatrice, Nebraska. The visitor centers' current hours of operation are 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. on the weekends. Admission is free of charge. For additional information, please call 402-223-3514 or visit

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