Land records are paramount in genealogical research. Learn about your ancestors who may have been squatters, a member of a claim club or transferred their presumptions. Land laws were often abused and those who took advantage of them are also discussed.
Ruby Coleman, who resides in North Platte, Nebraska, spends a good deal of her time doing genealogical research on her families in Nebraska and the plains states, and also professionally. She has lived in Colorado, Wyoming, South Dakota, Iowa, and Nebraska. She has written articles for Ancestry, Heritage Quest, The Genealogical Helper, Family Chronicle and Internet Genealogy. For thirteen years she wrote the column, "Heritage Lines" for the North Platte Telegraph, North Platte, NE. Her books, Iowa Genealogical Records and Genealogical Research in Nebraska were published in 2014. She has presented lectures for the Family History Expo. Currently Coleman is president of the North Platte Genealogical Society and a past president of the Nebraska State Genealogical Society. Using her knowledge of Nebraska and the plain states genealogy and history, plus genealogical methodology, Coleman writes, lectures and teaches genealogy. She is a member numerous local, state and national genealogical organizations. In 2012 she was named 2011 Nebraska Genealogist of the Year by the Nebraska State Genealogical Society.