Our Guest Speakers
Bill Lock—A Nebraska historian and owner of Badger Booksellers featuring historical books. He will speak about using old maps, newspapers, and other historical and current records to rediscover and preserve stories of ghost towns of Nebraska.
Dennis Zabel—A well know Nebraska photographer. He will discuss using photography to “capture” transient history with his photos of ghost towns, cemeteries, and homesteads.
Phyllis Ericson—Current Nebraska State Genealogist and presenter of genealogical programs. She will lead a fun activity to show how town histories connect with your family history. She will also have a display in the vendor area of creative ways to preserve your genealogical and family history research.
Ed Zimmer—Historic Preservation Planner for the City of Lincoln NE. He will demonstrate the genealogical research methods he uses to collect, preserve, and distribute information related to local history.
Jacob Friefeld, Ph.D.—Project Directory of History Harvest and the Digitization programs of UNL History Department. He will point out the growing number of genealogical resources available in academic research programs.
Tammy Hendrickson—Curator of the Custer County Museum and NSGS board member. She will demonstrate using land records and research techniques for locating information about hard to find family members and describe a current case study she worked on with John Carter from NSHS involving Civil War orphans.
Linda Hein and Mary Rabenberg—Linda Hein and Mary Rabenberg saw a need to collect information involving Nebraska Orphan Train children. They will tell how they volunteered time and skills in locating and documenting information and making it accessible. They worked with NSHS to organize the data and make it available to other genealogists.