Homesteaders is a presentation about the history of homestead land granted by the United States Government and its application for genealogical researchers. The allotment of free land from 1862 to 1930, provided a way for many settlers to become permanent residence of an area and gain ownership of a parcel of land to call their own.
Karen V. Sipe has a deep background in genealogy, having conducted research for over 45 years. Last year she received the Award of Excellence from NGS for her book, “The Youtsey Family in America”. Karen is a volunteer for NARA (including their Brick Wall Lunch), Find A Grave and teaches for the Fiske Library in Seattle. In the past, she has transcribed records for the Missouri State Archives, Washington State Digital Archives, and compiled several books and finding aids for NARA pertaining to maritime records. Teaching genealogy, DNA and helping others is her passion. She also enjoys writing and has had articles published, locally and nationally.