Homestead Roots Deep In The South

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Many formerly enslaved people and their descendants became landowners through the Homestead Act of 1862. Race was not recorded on homestead Land Entry case files. It is not yet widely known how many black homesteaders never left the South and became landowners via the Homestead Act. Explore with two families from Maryland, as they go on a genealogical journey back in time that connects them to family members that took part in the Homestead Act of 1862 in the Deep South.

Check out more information about black homesteading across America in all 30 homestead states and the Black Homesteaders Project!
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    Homestead National Historical Park

    Last updated: February 26, 2024