The Broken Bow Land Office Records
Approximately 65,000 homestead records from the Broken Bow, Nebraska U.S. land office is available on line. The National Archives microfilmed these records in partnership with the monument and UNL in 2006; volunteers and staff from those organizations spent over a year indexing them. The online index is available at http://cdrh.unl.edu/homestead.
The second development is the creation of a new partnership to digitize homestead records and put them online for public research. The National Archives has agreed to the digitization of the records of the Nebraska City/Lincoln land office, which operated from 1868 to 1925. This project will create digital copies of approximately 300,000 documents and will involve several partners.
FamilySearch, Inc., is based in Salt Lake City and is the genealogical research organization of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Trained FamilySearch volunteers will work in the National Archives to make the digital copies. Fold3.com is based in Lindon, Utah, and will host the images on its website. FamilySearch and Fold3.com are both official online partners of the National Archives.
Visitors to Homestead National Monument of America, all FamilySearch libraries, the UNL libraries, and all National Archives locations will be able to access the homestead records on www.fold3.com free of charge; those researching from home will be subject to fold3.com's monthly subscription fee.
The University of Nebraska-Lincoln's Center for Digital Research in the Humanities will provide corrections and enhancements to the general Fold3 index. Funding for digital cameras was provided in part by the Federation of Genealogical Societies.
Did You Know?
To "Prove up" a homestead, the owner was required to make improvements including building a home, breaking the soil, and planting a crop for 5 years.