BLM-Eastern States Geospatial Division Heads to #RootsTech2019
WASHINGTON – The Bureau of Land Management-Eastern States (BLM-ES) Geospatial Division is collaborating with the National Park Service Homestead National Monument to present at RootsTech 2019, Salt Lake City, February 27 - March 2, 2019, to help families discover their homesteading history.
RootsTech is the world's largest family history event focused on the use of technology to discover ancestry and heritage. The BLM-ES Geospatial Division is excited to join the National Park Service Homestead National Monument at RootsTech to connect families to their history, through millions of historic and current land records, “Linking the Past to the Future.”
Staff from the National Monument and BLM land law examiners will share a designated booth at the conference’s trade show, assisting conference attendees in their search for ties to past generations. The Bureau of Land Management will help attendees gain access to General Land Office records through the General Land Office (GLO) Records Automation web site, and Homestead National Monument experts will help individuals access Homestead Land Entry Case Files.
The GLO web site provides live access to Federal land conveyance records for the Public Land States, including image access to more than five million Federal land title records issued between 1788 and the present. The site also hosts images of survey plats and field notes, land status records, and control document index records, and is the most visited website in the Department of Interior. Visit glorecords.blm.gov for more information.
The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land located primarily in the 11 Western states and Alaska. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. In fiscal year 2018, the diverse activities authorized on BLM-managed lands generated $105 billion in economic output across the country. This economic activity supported 471,000 jobs and contributed substantial revenue to the U.S. Treasury and state governments, mostly through royalties on minerals.