August 20 Topic: Homestead Records and Public Land Survey Systems
The American frontier is a major part of our history. It is a huge factor in our identity as a nation. From the passing of the Homestead Act in May 1862, in the middle of the American Civil War, until around the turn-of-the-century, the frontier was wide open. In all, four million settlers would file homestead claims to 270 million acres in 30 states, 10% of the land mass of the United States. This lecture will discuss the Homestead Act of 1862, and help you to understand the Public Land Survey System (PLSS) upon which it was based.
BIO: Patricia Jordan Roberts
Pat Roberts is a genealogy researcher, teacher, lecturer and writer. Pat is active in many national, state and local genealogy societies. She is a past president of the Colorado Council of Genealogical Societies [35 societies representing approx. 3500 genealogists], and past president of the Boulder Genealogical Society. An alumnus of the University of Colorado, with a major in English and a minor in history, Pat has also attended numerous summers at the highly regarded University of Iowa Writer’s Institute, and Samford University’s Institute for Genealogical Research. She has also attended the Salt Lake Genealogical Institute and the British Genealogical Institute many times.
She has been a delegate to the American Federation of Genealogical Societies for a number of years. In addition, she frequently attends the National Genealogical Society’s annual conferences and was a speaker at the 2012 national conference in Cincinnati, and at the NGS 2015 national conference in St. Charles, Missouri. She was also a speaker at the 2013 international conference of the International Society of Germans from Russia. Pat is the Genealogical Preservation Committee Chairman of Boulder’s Arapahoe Chapter DAR and an associate member of Denver Chapter DAR . In addition to maintaining a fairly active lecture schedule, she teaches genealogy techniques for seniors at Front Range Community College, Longmont Campus.