Homesteading and Plat Maps

“Homesteading, Plat Maps and Swedish Tidbits”

This presentation will cover the basics on where to find Homestead Records and Plat Maps. Also she will show some examples of real homesteaders, one of them Swedish. If time allows, we may try overlaying a plat map on Google Earth. Also if time allows, she will cover some Swedish social media. This presentation is geared toward the beginner and intermediate researcher.


Beth Sparrow has been researching her family for over 15 years. She began taking clients in August 2012. She researches for clients and gives presentations on genealogy topics. She also is an avid cemetery photographer. Beth has experience speaking to small groups, such as your library or genealogy society. Her special area is the Midwest (Nebraska, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Indiana, Ohio, Missouri and Wisconsin). She is a member of the Polk County Historical Society, the Association for Professional Genealogists, the National Genealogical Society, and serves as conference coordinator and area representative for the Nebraska State Genealogy Society. She is on Facebook and Twitter, and she blogs.

Short: “Kalmar Län”
Cheryl Johnson