Sunday, February 10, 2013

Land Records and Genealogy Conference Set for July 12 - 13, 2013

Homestead National Monument of America
Beatrice, Nebraska
copyright 2012 Susan M Petersen
Nebraska genealogists will have a variety of conferences to attend during 2013. One of the perennial favorites is the Land Records and Genealogy Symposium held every other year in Beatrice, Nebraska.

Returning as keynote speaker is Roberta "Bobbie" King. She is a homestead records researcher who specializes in homestead laws, African-American homesteaders, women homesteaders and the history of the public lands survey system.

Other speakers at the conference include:

Land Records in Slave Research - Debbie Abbott

Introduction to Fold3 and Military Homesteaders - Laura Prescott

Introduction to Ancestry and Finding the Land: Cash Sales, Military Script and Finding the Land: Cash Sales, Military Script and Preemption - David Williams

Reading Photographs: How To Date Your Family Pictures and Homestead Records: Finding Your Ancestor - Gail Blakenau

Registration includes continental breakfast, lunch and symposium materials. Two day registration is $99. One day registration is $69.

July 12 - 13, 2013
Southeast Community College Beatrice Campus
4771 W. Scott Road
Beatrice, Nebraska

Source: Southeast Community College Continuing Education Course Bulletin


  1. Susan: I wanted to update the presentations. The first presentation is called "Tumbleweeds in the Window -- Women Homesteaders and Genealogy." So the focus will be on our female homesteading forebears. The other one is called "Who's Hiding in Your Drawer?" This is a two-part presentation on dating and identifying 19th-Century photographs. Even those who have seen my prior presentations on photographs will be getting many more examples and case studies.