• Cub Creek winds through the woodland at Hometstead National Monument of America.


    National Monument of America Nebraska


Research is constantly being conducted by Homestead National Monument of America to better understand and share personal stories of the homesteading experience and information about its impacts. With the help of many partners around the country, projects are being done to gather and/or study homestead land entry case files, homesteader oral histories, immigration during the homesteading era, the transformation of homestead lands over time, and much more.

Read on to learn about the research being done, how you can contribute, and how you can conduct research yourself on your homesteader ancestors.

Chrisman Homestead: Picturing the Past
An image, featuring the Chrisman sisters, from the "Picturing the Past" photography project, which seeks to show how iconic homestead sites have changed over time.

Did You Know?

Homesteaders in front of sod house

The Homestead Act of 1862, which gave away 160 acre claims, was repealed in the lower 48 states in 1976.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! More...