Homestead Land Entry Records – Learn why Land Entry Case Files are exceptionally detailed and try this activity!
Step 1: Did your family homestead?
Conduct a state and name search on the Bureau of Land Management’s General Land Office Records website. You just might find an Original Homestead patent!
EXAMPLE NPS PAGES written by descendants:Peter Clark (U.S. National Park Service) (nps.gov)
Charles and Hester Meehan (U.S. National Park Service) (nps.gov)
America Hunt-Harrell (Harrold) (U.S. National Park Service) (nps.gov)
Step 3: Write Your Story
Each story will be proofed and formatted by NPS staff for the website. There may be edits and format changes that happen after submission. The story contributor will be given the opportunity to approve edits.
Contributor: Add your name
More From the Contributor: Add any first person narratives here.
Brief Bio: Who are you and what is your relationship to this Homesteader?
Bio picture: Include your picture (with who to credit) if you’d like it to be added to your contributed webpage.
Homestead submissions can take a long time to be added to the website based on variables like staffing and expertise. Once submitted, the stories go into a queue to be verified in order of submission. It is Homestead National Historical Park’s mission to share homestead stories for current and future generations and we thank you for your submissions!
Last updated: February 13, 2023