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Record Description

This collection includes serialized land entry case files that were cancelled, relinquished, or rejected by the General Land Office for the years 1861 to 1925. The applications include homesteads, mining claims, and land preemptions. This collection includes Nebraska land offices at Alliance, Broken Bow, Lincoln, North Platte, O'Neill, and Valentine. The records are at the NARA Regional Center in Kansas City, Missouri. This collection is being published as images become available.

You can browse through images in this collection by visiting the browse page for United States, Cancelled, Relinquished, or Rejected Land Entry Case Files, 1861-1925.

Record Content

The records usually include:

  • Name of applicant
  • Date
  • Description and location of land

How to Use the Record

To begin your search it is helpful to know

  • Name of the applicant
  • Approximate date of application

Search the Collection

To search the collection:
⇒ Select the "Browse" link in the initial search page
⇒ Select the "State" category
⇒ Select the "Land office name" category
⇒ Select the "Record Type, Date Range, File no. range" category which takes you to the images

Look at each image comparing the information with what you already know about your ancestors to determine if the image relates to them. You may need to look at several images and compare the information about the individuals listed in those images to your ancestors to make this determination. Keep in mind:

  • There may be more than one person in the records with the same name.
  • You may not be sure of your own ancestor’s name.
  • Your ancestor may have used different names or variations of their name throughout their life.

Using the Information

When you have located your ancestor’s record, carefully evaluate each piece of information given. Save a copy of the image or transcribe the information. These pieces of information may give you new biographical details. Add this new information to your records of each family. You should also look for leads to other records about your ancestors. For example:

  • Use the name, location and date to find the family in census records.
  • Use the description and location of land to find the family in land records.
  • Use the description and location of land to find the family in probate records.

Tips to Keep in Mind

  • Search for records of people in the county who shared a surname. These may have been the couple’s parents, uncles, or other relatives.
  • When looking for a person who had a common name, look at all the entries for the name before deciding which is correct.

Unable to Find Your Ancestor?

  • Look for variant spellings of the names. You should also look for nicknames and abbreviated names.
  • Check for nearby land owners with similar or variant spellings of the surnames.
  • Look for an index. There are often indexes at the beginning of each volume. Local genealogical and historical societies often have indexes to local records.
  • Search the indexes and records of other land offices
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Citations for This Collection

When you copy information from a record, you should list where you found the information (often called citing your sources). This will help people find the record again and evaluate the reliability of the source. It is also good to keep track of records where you did not find information, including the names of the people you looked for in the records. Citations are available for the collection as a whole and each record or image individually.

Collection citation:

“United States, Cancelled, Relinquished, or Rejected Land Entry Case Files, 1861-1925.” Images. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2013. Citing General Land Office. NARA Regional Center, Kansas City, Missouri.

Image citation:

The citation for an image is available on each image in this collection by clicking Show Citation at the bottom left of the image screen. You can browse through images in this collection by visiting the browse page for United States, Cancelled, Relinquished, or Rejected Land Entry Case Files, 1861-1925.

 

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