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Gail Shaffer Blankenau

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Gail Blankenau is a professional genealogist, speaker and author, specializing in German genealogy, land records, and lineage research. She first became interested in family history by looking for treasures in the attic when she was growing up. As a teenager, she started labeling old family photographs and things progressed from there.

As a professional, some of her recent client projects have taken her to Salt Lake City, Utah, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Colorado, Illinois, Texas and Missouri, as well as numerous projects in Nebraska. Her own roots are from almost every state east of the Mississippi.

In addition to performing private client research, Gail enjoys speaking and writing about genealogy. Her articles have appeared in the New England Historical and Genealogical Register, The Genealogist, Everton's Genealogical Helper, Family Chronicle, Internet Genealogy, The Ohio Genealogical Society Quarterly and Nebraska Ancestree. Gail is also a charter member of the Great Plains chapter of the Association of Professional Genealogists.

Service Description:
I will research your American or German ancestry with emphasis in the Midwest and New England. Based in Lincoln, Nebraska, the state library and archives is minutes away with statewide collections. My clients come from all over the country, and I have done lineage research, German research, heir research, and helped with lineage society applications, such as the Mayflower Society and NSDAR. One of my other main specialties is land records.

Academic Degrees:
BA (French and English) ; MA (Int'l Relations minor Econ.)

Research Specialty:
Colonial ; Emigration & Immigration ; Federal Records ; Land Records ; Lineage Societies ; Mayflower ; Migration ; Heir Searcher ; German American

Time Period Specialty:
18th Century ; 19th Century ; 20th Century

Geographic Specialty:
NE ; New England ; Mid-Atlantic ; South ; Midwest ; France ; Germany

Service Categories:
Instructor ; Lecturer/Seminars ; Translator ; Author/Writer

French, German ; French, working knowledge of German, including old German script.

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(402) 413-5539
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