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Land Records & Genealogy Symposium July 12-13 in Beatrice

For the fifth consecutive year, Southeast Community College is hosting the Land Records & Genealogy Symposium on SCC’s Beatrice Campus.

The event, a partnership between SCC and Homestead National Monument of America, is scheduled for July 12 and 13 on campus at 4771 W. Scott Road. Registration deadline is July 2. There are enrollment options available. Participants can choose the full two-day symposium for $99, a one-day symposium on July 12 for $69, a one-day symposium on July 13 for $69, or the dinner event at 6:30 p.m. July 12 only for $19. Persons wanting more information or to register are asked to call 800-828-0072 or 402-437-2700.

Kelly Morgan, SCC’s Continuing Education director in Beatrice, said past participants have come from as far as Germany and all over the United States.

“This has become a very successful and popular event,” Morgan said. “This year’s speaker lineup is fantastic.”

July 12 kicks off with a continental breakfast at 7:45 a.m. Speaker presentations will take place from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Scheduled speakers are David Williams, senior product manager for Fold3; Laura Prescott, a professional genealogist, writer and speaker; Deborah Abbott, past president of the African-American Genealogical Society in Cleveland, Ohio; and Roberta “Bobbi” King, a homestead records researcher who will deliver the keynote talk titled “Homesteading: A Historical Perspective.”

July 13 kicks off with a continental breakfast at 7:45 a.m. Speaker presentations will take place from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Scheduled speakers are David Rencher, a member of the Family History Department in Salt Lake City, Utah; and Gail Blankenau, an experienced genealogist and photo historian.

Topics to be covered both days are Introduction to Fold3, Introduction to Ancestry, Military Homesteaders, Finding the Land: Cash Sales, Military Script & Preemption, Using Land Records in Slave Research, Family Search: Gathering Land Records, Tumbleweeds in the Windows: Women Homesteaders, and Dating and Identifying Your 19th Century Photographs.

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For more information contact:
Stu Osterthun
Administrative Director of Public Information and Marketing