Research is constantly being conducted by Homestead National Historical Park 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.
Homesteading Patent
Homesteading Records

Every homesteading claim generated a patent and a written record known as a case file. Learn more about these records.

Interpretive signs about amount of land homesteaded
Homesteading by the Numbers

The statistics of the impact of the Homestead Act of 1862.

Immigrants flood through Ellis Island, many of whom would go on to file homestead claims
Immigration and the Homestead Act

Was the Homestead Act the First Accommodating Immigration Law in the United States?

A family of black homesteaders pose for a photo dressed in formal attire.
The Oklahoma Black Homesteader Project

Learn more about the Oklahoma Black Homesteader Project.

A researcher working on a computer with a ranger standing by and helping
Genealogical and Scholarly Research

Request digitized homestead records and access to museum collections at Homestead National Historical Park.

Oral History microphone
Share Your Homesteading History

Tell us about your homesteading relatives.


Homesteading Research

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    Last updated: October 19, 2022

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