Saturday, July 2, 2011

Genealogy Events in Nebraska - July 2011

July is going to be a hot month, not only in temperature, but in the genealogy and history conferences and presentations made available in Nebraska and nearby. Among the highlights will be the Civil War conference sponsored by the Knight Museum and Sandhills Center in Alliance, Nebraska on July 8 - 9, 2011; the Land Records and Genealogy Symposium at the SCC Truman Center in Beatrice, Nebraska on July 15 - 16, 2011. Make plans to visit the Homestead National Monument while in Beatrice.

While not in Nebraska, just down the road will be the Midwest Family History Expo in Overland Park, Kansas, closing out the month on July 29 - 30, 2011. If you plan to attend this one, check your travel route since many of the usual roads leading to the Kansas City area may be closed due to flooding from the Missouri River.

On a personal note

I will be speaking at the Land Records and Genealogy Symposium on Saturday, July 16, 2011. My topic will be sharing family history stories by blogging. If you've never blogged before, I'll be sharing some tips about starting your genealogy blog and sharing some success stories that come from the result of sharing your ancestry online. I will also be in attendance at the Friday evening dinner at the Homestead National Monument on July 15, 2011. In addition to dinner, there will be entertainment and an opportunity to visit with the symposium presenters. Please stop by and introduce yourself! For a full conference brochure, click here.

At the end of the month, I will be speaking at the Midwest Family History Expo in Overland Park, Kansas. On July 29, 2011, my topic will focus on newspaper research, a subject near and dear to my heart. Newspapers provide an excellent source of information about your ancestors and living relatives. While not always accurate, newspapers provide clues and information that help tell the story of how your ancestors lived. Participants will learn about research strategies and the use of resources including microfilm, archives, free and fee-based online sites.

On Saturday, July 30, 2011, my Expo topic will again be Sharing Family History Stories by Blogging. If you are attending the Family History Expo, please introduce yourself! Be sure to include the Friday evening dinner event featuring M. Bridget Cook as part of your Expo experience.

The full calendar of Nebraska events is located here. If you have an event to add, please email me with the details.

Date & Location

July 8 – 9, 2011
Knight Museum and Sandhills Center
908 Yellowstone
Alliance, Nebraska

Becci Thomas,  director
Remembering The Civil War. . .150 Years Later
Two day conference to celebrate the Sesquicentennial of the Civil War.
There will be two days of classes, lectures and programs. Twenty four learning events will take place with professional genealogy and history speakers. This will be a great opportunity for family genealogists with Civil War ancestors as well as for those interested in the history of the Civil War.

Early registration cost for the two days will be $45/both days. This will include lunch on both days to be served on site at the museum. There will also be two free Humanities programs, one offered at the end of each day.

Speakers will include:
James Potter, Nebraska State Historical Society
David Wells, independent civil war historian
Dr. Daniel Holtz, professor-historian-musician
Ruby Coleman, Association of Professional Genealogists
Susan Weber, Nebraska Quilters Association. 
Museum staff
Guy Hielscher, historian/collector
Maurine Roller, independent scholar
Wally A, Seiler, independent scholar

More information:  Cheri Hopkins

Thanks to Cheri Hopkins for this information.

July 8 – 10, 2011
John C Fremont Days
25th Anniversary
Fremont , Nebraska
Historical re-enactments and tours, including tours of the Ridge Cemetery in Fremont, and many other events.

July 12, 2011
7:15 p.m.
Lower Level Theater
Dick Admin. Bldg.
Union College Campus
3800 So. 48th St. Lincoln, Nebraska
Ed Zimmer, PhD, returns to present a view of the Civil War through the lens of Wyuka Cemetery. We'll also have materials and resources about the Civil War that will assist in researching ancestors involved in the Civil War.

July 15 - 16, 2011
Truman Center
Southeast Community College
4771 W Scott Rd
Beatrice, Nebraska
Genealogy and Land Records Symposium

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

July 16, 2011
1:30 p.m.
West Nebraska Family Research and History Center
1602 Avenue A
Scottsbluff, NE

Brown Bag Lunch & Book Sharing Day ~ Bring your lunch and one or several of your favorite research books to share with everyone.

July 21, 2011
12:00 Noon
Nebraska History Museum
15th and P Sts
Lincoln, Nebraska
Nebraska State Historical Society Brown Bag Lecture Series: Nebraska and the Civil War: Why the Story Matters
Presenter: Jim Potter

July 23, 2011
11:00 a.m.
W. Dale Clark Library
215 S. 15th St.
Omaha, Nebraska
Digging Up Family History in the Cemetery
An overview of cemetery research, with examples of tombstone artwork and symbolism. See what a “cemetery kit” looks like and learn what tools you need for cemetery reading.

July 29 – 30, 2011
Overland Park Convention Center
6000 College Blvd
Overland Park, Kansas

List compiled and maintained by Susan Petersen, To add or update your listing, please email me

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