Women Homesteaders and Genealogy (BONUS webinar for subscribers)

Gail Blankenau
Feb 3, 2015
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About this webinar

The passage of the 1862 Homestead Act provided women a unique opportunity to own land in their own right. The husband was presumed to be the head of a family, so married women were not eligible, but unmarried women—single, widowed, divorced, abandoned—could apply for their chance at independence. Combining the genealogical gems in their homestead entries with other records, we will follow the lives of three remarkable women whose stories may differ, but who shared a dream–the dream of owning land in their own name.

About the speaker

About the speaker

Gail Blankenau is an experienced genealogist, speaker and author. Her publications include articles in the New England Historical and Genealogical Register and The Genealogist. She is also a contributor to Family Chronicle and Internet Genealogy m
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