Finding an Ancestor’s Land at the Bureau of Land Management Website and in Plat Maps

  • 13 Feb 2023
  • 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
  • Zoom, On line and in person VCPL

Finding an Ancestor’s Land at the Bureau of Land Management Website and in Plat Maps” 

February 13, 2023

Public Meeting at Vigo County Library

Online Via ZOOM 6:00 p.m.

Door open at 5:30 p.m.

By Ilene Murray

Ilene Kanfer Murray is a retired middle school teacher who has been involved with genealogy for almost forty years.  An active volunteer in the St. Louis Genealogical Society, she has been a featured speaker at local and national conferences and has taught genealogy and computer classes throughout the St. Louis Area.  For the past twenty-three years, Ilene has served as the Publications director of the St. Louis Genealogical Society.  She edited and wrote for the society’s newsletter, and continues to write and edit for the society’s St. Louis Genealogical Society’s Quarterly journal.  She also administers the society’s Facebook pages, writes the society’s weekly blog, and works on their website.  She has had articles published in several genealogical journals and is the author of University City, Missouri:  Its People and Events, 1906 – 1931, published in 2009.  Ilene also serves as the co-leader for the society’s annual research trip to Salt Lake City.

Poles, rods, chains, townships, sections, and ranges – land surveys can be very confusing!  Once you’ve mastered the measurements, however, there’s a vast amount of information waiting for you to discover.  We will take a look at how to understand and use the rich collection available online at the Bureau of Land Management website as well as how to use and interpret plat maps.

This program is open to the public and will be held in person at the Vigo County Public Library on February 13, 2023 at 6:00 p.m.   It will also be available via Zoom.  If you are not a member, you may join this meeting and all of the following meetings in 2023 by sending $15 per individual, or $20 per family to Wabash Valley Genealogy Society, P O Box 7012, Terre Haute, IN  47802-7012.  If you wish to pay using Paypal, add $2 to each choice.  You can obtain the application by going to  Click on membership.  Watch this site to see more upcoming events or check WVGS Facebook page.  Send application at least one week before the meeting date.

For this fee, you will be able to obtain assistance from other members when you reach a “brick wall” in your research.  You will also receive a bi-monthly newsletter.  Handouts and recorded videos will be available for periods of time for members only . . . so join to take advantage of the WVGS offerings.


"Preserving The Past, Serving The Present, Promoting The Future"

Wabash Valley Genealogy Society 

Based in Vigo County, Terre Haute, Indiana. Serving Clark, Crawford and Edgar Counties in Illinois.

Clay, Greene, Parke, Putnam, Sullivan, Vermillion and Vigo in Indiana


P.O. Box 7012

Terre Haute, Indiana 47802-7012


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President: James Kane      Email:

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