FREE LAND was the cry!

With the promise of Free Land, the Homestead Act of 1862 enticed millions to cultivate the frontier. Families, immigrants, women, and freed slaves flooded 10 percent of the nation’s land to chase their American Dream. American Indian cultures and natural environments gave way to diverse settlement, agricultural success, and industrial advancement—building our nation and changing the land forever. Read More

Watch this video and learn how Latino homesteaders claimed free land under the Homestead Act of 1862

Latino homesteaders, a research focus.

Watch this video and learn how Latino Heritage Intern, Veronica Barreto, discovered fascinating facts about Latino homesteaders.

Two black men and two black women stand in front of a frame house. Photo is black and white.

New Research into Black Homesteading

The National Park Service and the University of Nebraska are partnering to discover the stories of Black homesteader colonies.

Windmill surrounded by cows

Dempster Mill Manufacturing Co. Archive

The Dempster Mill Mfg. Co. made equipment for farmers and homesteaders populating the west. They are famous for windmills and water pumps.

Man on a tractor

The Last Homesteader's Tractor

Ken Deardoff's tractor has been recovered from the wild's of Alaska and is on permanent display at Homestead National Monument of America.

10 State's Homestead Records Now Online.

Access Digitized Homestead Records!

Continue your research! Access Homestead Land Record case files today.

Last updated: November 10, 2019

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