Importance of Homestead Records
The Homestead Act of 1862 had an immediate and enduring effect on America and the world that is still felt today. Agriculture, industrialization, immigration, American Indian tribes and prairie ecosystems-all were somehow impacted and forever changed by the implementation of this revolutionary land law.
Homestead Land Records Project:
Free Access to Select Digitized Homestead Records Available at Homestead National Monument
Homestead National Monument of America, Fold3.com, FamilySearch, & the University of Nebraska-Lincoln have partnered in an effort to digitize all Homestead Land Entry Case Files housed at the National Archives.The Homestead Records Project seeks to digitize the over 800,000 Homestead Records from nearly 200 land offices in all 30 Homesteading States. Click here to learn more about this exciting project.
To access these records on fold3.com, click here (note: you must have a subscription to view premium records). Visitors to the monument, University of Nebraska-Lincoln campus computers, and Family History Centers have free access to these records.
Other Homestead Record Resources:
*Homestead Records, Broken Bow, NE Land Office (partnered with University of Nebraska-Lincoln)*For more records/genealogical information from the National Archives and Records Administration, visit their website.
Did You Know?
The Homestead Act of 1862, which gave away 160 acre claims, was repealed in the lower 48 states in 1976. In Alaska, claims could be filed up to 1986! -- Homestead National Monument of America More...