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GeneaBloggers Radio – Show Notes for Friday, August 19, 2011


GeneaBloggers Radio – Episode 30

Friday, August 19, 2011
10pm-11:30pm Eastern US
9-10:30pm Central US
8-9:30pm Mountain US
7-8:30pm Pacific US
3am London UK
12pm Saturday Sydney AUS

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Oh Give Me a Home – Genealogy and the Homestead Act

This week our show is entitled Oh Give Me a Home – Genealogy and the Homestead Act. We’ll be discussing how land records are important to your family history search. We’ll focus specifically on the Homestead Act of 1862 and how the subsequent records from the homesteaders can be used in genealogy. Our special guests will include: Blake Bell of the Homestead National Monument of America in Beatrice, Nebraska; Gail Blankenau a genealogist and land records expert; and Amy Lauters of the Beyond Little House blog discussing Laura Ingalls Wilder and her family’s history with the Homestead Act.


Blake Bell
Blake Bell

Blake Bell is the Historian at Homestead National Monument of America.  He has been at the monument for nearly 2 years.  He is interested in how the Homestead Act of 1862 and subsequent land laws fit into a broader historical context of U.S. Western development.  He has a background in trans-national history and is interested in examining the global implications of Western development.  He enjoys historiography with a special emphasis on the methodology employed by historians.  He is involved with a variety of ongoing projects including oral histories and the digitization of homestead land entry case files.  Along with trans-national history, Blake’s research interests focus on gender, racial, and social issues.


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Gail Blankenau
Gail Blankenau

Gail Blankenau is an experienced genealogist and photo historian who shares her research and advice in such well-known periodicals as the New England Historical and Genealogical Register, Everton’s Genealogical Helper, Family Chronicle and Internet Genealogy magazine. Genealogists who crave unique perspectives and a fresh point of view will find new inspiration and ideas in her engaging and high-energy presentations.


Amy Lauters
Amy Lauters

Amy Mattson Lauters, PhD, is a former print journalist and freelance web designer and the editor or author of two books: The Rediscovered Writings of Rose Wilder Lane, Literary Journalist, and More than a Farmer’s Wife: Voices of American Farm Women, 1910-1960. Lauters holds a PhD in mass communications with a secondary emphasis in American Studies from the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, and can currently be found in the classroom as a professor of mass media at Minnesota State University, Mankato.


After Party at!

That’s right – we’ll be having another fun “after party” over at the genealogy room at ( where the theme will be “land and place names.” This means we’ll be spinning tunes having to do with cities, states, places, etc. So grab your MP3 copy of This Land Is Your Land and come join us!  Not only can you listen to what others upload to,  but there is an interactive chat room where you can extend the discussion on land records, genealogy and the Homestead Act or whatever genealogy topic you want!

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