Ruby   Coleman

Is a professional genealogical researcher, instructor, lecturer and free-lance writer. Coleman has been doing professional genealogical research for over 40 years. She has lectured at national, state, and local conferences. She is currently president of the North Platte Genealogical Society in North Platte, Nebraska.


September 12, 2014
2:30 pm : Organizing Your Genealogy Mess

(Beginner) Now is the time to take control of your genealogy mess. This lesson works with goals, ideas, and methods of organization that will work for you. Login First

3:50 pm : Prose on the Prairie: Letters, Diaries and Journals

(All Levels) Your ancestor did not need to be an author to leave his words for posterity. Learn about the benefits of using letters, diaries and journals. This class will cover the prairie time period, types of records and evaluating them, locating home sources, using archives, using libraries, and using the internet for clues. Login First

7:20 pm : Homestead Records Online

(All Levels) In Nebraska alone almost 2.5 million acres were distributed under the Homestead Act of 1862. Now there are over 1.6 million digital images of the land entry case files online. Learn more about the Homestead Act, how the land was granted and what types of records can be found in the case files. Login First

September 13, 2014
10:00 am : Westward Migrations: Midwest to the Plains States

(All Levels) Learn about the routes that your ancestors took on their way west, stopping off points and settlements. Apply this knowledge to your research. Login First

1:30 pm : Annulments, Separations and Divorces

(All Levels) Most likely one or more of your ancestors experienced an annulment, separation or divorce. Learn more about them, the laws surrounding them, where to locate records, types of records and Internet resources. Login First

2:50 pm : Am I An American Now? — Becoming Naturalized

(All Levels) This lesson takes your research over the brick wall so you can begin using naturalization records and successfully locate them. Catch up with your ancestor and celebrate that he or she became a citizen of the United States. Login First