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Leslie Carney: "Landholders–Ranches to Land Grants"
Leslie Carney: "Landholders–Ranches to Land Grants"

Wed, Sep 20



Leslie Carney: "Landholders–Ranches to Land Grants"

SCGS hosts genealogist Leslie Carney, who offers insight into learning about our landholder ancestors, their history of acquiring land, and the conflicts they likely encountered from different political powers.

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Sep 20, 2023, 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM PDT


About the Event

"Go West, young man, and grow up with the country," New York newspaper editor Horace Greeley reportedly wrote in 1865. Years before, the westward expansion was on many peoples' minds, and several of our ancestors may have made the often-dangerous treks to sites unknown. Some 7 million Americans–40 percent of the nation’s population–lived in the trans-Appalachian West by 1840. For many pioneers, westward migration, land ownership, and farming meant freedom.

What was life really like for our ancestors who became landowners? The road to freedom was not always an easy path, as genealogist Leslie Carney explains in her insightful lecture, "Landholders–Ranches to Land Grants."

Leslie Carney is a professional genealogist specializing in the Southwestern United States, Arizona, New Mexico, Texas, Native American Indian, and Sonora, Mexico. She has over 30 years of experience researching various repositories and archives as she documents family history. As a lecturer, Leslie enjoys sharing her passion by educating others in understanding social history and genealogical issues while promoting an interest in genealogy. Leslie holds a certificate in Genealogical Research from Boston University (OL 18)  and is an alumnus of the National Genealogical Society's ProGen Study Group (ProGen 29). Leslie is a longtime Pima County Genealogical Society member.

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