Land Records & Genealogy Symposium  

Land Records & Genealogy Symposium

Start Date: 2017-07-14

Location: Southeast Community College, Beatrice Campus

Phone Number: 402-437-2700

Homestead National Monument of America, a unit of the National Park Service, and the Beatrice Campus of Southeast Community College, are proud to partner to bring this Land Records and Genealogy Symposium to Beatrice, NE. Participants will gain a greater understanding of the uses of all different types of records and strategies for successful historical and genealogical research.

The Homestead Act of 1862 had a profound affect on the United States and throughout the world. Under the provisions of this law, the U.S. government gave away 270 million acres of land to 1.6 million individuals and families for the purposes of settlement and cultivation. Today there may be as many as 93 million descendants of homesteaders. Come learn how to find your ancestors using Land Records!

Friday, July 14, 2017
8 a.m. Continental Breakfast, Check In, Meet & Greet
8:45 a.m.-4 p.m. Speaker Presentations

  • Barry Moreno
  • Lisa Louise Cooke
  • Elizabeth Burnes
  • Immigration Panel

Saturday, July 15, 2017
8:30 a.m. Continental Breakfast, Check In, Meet & Greet
9 a.m.-3 p.m. Speaker Presentations

  • Barry Moreno
  • Lisa Louise Cooke
  • Jake Ersland
  • Gail Blankenau

Symposium Location: Southeast Community College, Beatrice Campus, Truman Center, 4771 W. Scott Road, Beatrice, NE

** NOTE: Saturday has new sessions/topics. No repeated sessions.

General assembly format includes all registered attendants. No breakout sessions offered. Tuition includes continental breakfast, symposium materials and lunch. Please choose your meal selection on the registration form. Unmarked forms will receive the hot meal. Event speakers and topics are subject to change without notice.

Immigration in Nebraska
Presenter: John Schleicher
, Associate Professor, Special Collections Librarian
Friday, July 14
6 p.m.
$20 per person

Enjoy a relaxing evening networking with fellow genealogists and researchers. Tuition includes dinner and presentation.

The dinner event is separate from the symposium activities and is held at the Homestead National Monument of America, 8523 W. State Highway 4.

Space is limited, and preregistration is required. You do not have to be registered for the symposium to attend this event. There is no charge for visiting Homestead National Monument of America, but to attend the dinner presentation, participants must preregister and pay $20 per person. (SCC staff tuition waiver does not apply.)

2-Day Symposium (July 14 & 15)
Course Number: HIST-3000-BEUA
Tuition: $109

1-Day Symposium (July 14)
Course Number: HIST-3001-BEUA
Tuition: $79

1-Day Symposium (July 15)
Course Number: HIST-3001-BEUB
Tuition: $79

Immigration in Nebraska (July 14)
Course Number: BBBX-2208-BEUA
Tuition: $20

About the Speakers:

Gail Blankenau
 - Take All to Nebraska - How They Came
Gail Shaffer Blankenau is an experienced genealogist, speaker and author. Her publications include articles in the respected journals New England Genealogical and Historic Register and The Genealogist, as well as periodicals such as the National Genealogical Society magazine, Family Chronicle, Internet Genealogy, the Ohio Genealogical Society Quarterly, Nebraska AncesTree, and more. She also is a presenter for the popular Legacy Family Tree webinar series online, and enjoys lecturing at local and regional conferences. She specializes in Nebraska records, Midwestern roots and migrations, land records, Germanic genealogy, 19th-century photographs and tracing lineages.

Elizabeth Burnes
 - Alien Files
Elizabeth Burnes is an archivist for the National Archives at Kansas City who serves as the lead archivist for Alien Files (A-Files) reference. Prior to joining the National Archives staff she held positions at Harry S. Truman National Historic Site, Missouri History Museum, Herman T. Pott National Inland Waterways Library, and Harry S. Truman Presidential Library and Museum. She received a bachelor’s degree in history from Truman State University, and a master’s degree in history and museum studies from the University of Missouri-St. Louis.

Lisa Louise Cooke
 - Google Tools & Procedures for Solving Family History Mysteries
 - Using Google Earth for Genealogy
 - Google Books: The Tool You Should Use Every Day!
 - How to Create Exciting Interactive Family History Tours with Google Earth

Lisa Louise Cooke is the owner of Genealogy Gems, a genealogy and family history multi-media company. She is producer and host of the Genealogy Gems podcast, the popular online genealogy audio show available at, in iTunes, and through the Genealogy Gems app. Her podcast brings genealogy news, research strategies, expert interviews, and inspiration to genealogists in 75 countries around the world, and recently celebrated 1.5 million downloads!

Lisa is the author of a variety of multi-media materials, including the Genealogy Gems Premium website subscription, and four books: “Turn Your iPad into a Genealogy Powerhouse,” “How to Find Your Family History in Newspapers,” “The Genealogist’s Google Toolbox,” and “Genealogy Gems: Ultimate Research Strategies,” and the video series “Google Earth for Genealogy.”

In addition to Genealogy Gems, Lisa works closely with Family Tree Magazine as producer and host of the Family Tree Magazine podcast, is a regular article author for the magazine, and is curriculum developer and instructor for Family Tree University.

Jake Ersland
 - Alien Ancestors During Times of War
Jake Ersland joined the permanent staff at the National Archives at Kansas City as an archivist in 2008 after previously working there as a student hire, contractor and intern. He received both his Bachelor of Arts and master’s in history from Pittsburg State University. Jake oversees holdings maintenance projects, the accessioning of new records, handles reference requests, and writes descriptions of records, as well as performing other miscellaneous duties.

Barry Moreno
 - Searching Ship Records
 - Searching Historic Newspapers

Barry was born in Los Angeles, CA, and earned his bachelor’s degree in history at California State University. He is a park ranger with an emphasis on historical interpretation. He has been the librarian and historian at the Statue of Liberty National Monument and Ellis Island since 1988. Moreno is the editor and founder of the newsletter, “The Inspector.” He is a noted writer and researcher and presented a paper on Castle Garden and U.S. Immigration Policies in the 19th century at a symposium in Rhineland, Germany. He is listed in the Who’s Who Among Hispanic Americans and is a member of the California Historical Society, American Vaudeville Museum, Museums Council of New York and Modern Language Association.

Nebraska Immigration Panelists
 - Vern Anthony, Genealogist – Czechoslovakia
 - Gail Blankenau, Genealogist – Germany
 - Kara McKeever, Genealogy Center Manager of the Danish Museum of America – Danish
 - Martha Davis, Director of the Great Plains Welsh Heritage Project – Welsh
 - Laureen Riedesel, Beatrice Public Library Director - Swedish

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