United States, Homestead Final Certificates (FamilySearch Historical Records)Edit This Page

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FamilySearch Record Search This article describes a collection of historical records scheduled to become available at FamilySearch.org.


Record Description

The collection consists of homestead records from General Land Offices

  • Alaska
  • Arizona
  • Illinois
  • Indiana
  • Iowa
  • Ohio
  • Nevada
  • Utah
  • Wyoming

Additional states and descriptive information may be added to this collection.

You will be able to browse through images in this collection when it is published.

Record Content

Records may contain any of the following:

  • Name of applicant
  • Date
  • Application and final certificate numbers
  • Description and location of land
  • Names of witnesses, family members or neighbors
  • Birth information
  • Previous residences
  • Occupations
  • Marital status
  • If applicant has filed for multiple homesteads

How to Use the Record

To begin your search it is helpful to know

  • Name of the applicant
  • Date

Search the Collection

To search the collections:
⇒Select "Browse through images" on the initial collection page
⇒ Select the appropriate "State"
⇒ Select the appropriate "Land office name"
⇒ Select the appropriate "Record type" 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. These pieces of information may give you new biographical details that can lead you to other records about your ancestors. Add this new information to your records of each family. 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 other land records.
  • Use the description and location of land to find the family in probate records.

If you are unable to find the ancestors you are looking for, check for nearby land owners with similar or variant spellings of the surnames.

Related Websites

Related Wiki Articles

United States Land and Property

Contributions to this Article

We welcome user additions to FamilySearch Historical Records wiki articles. We are looking for additional information that will help readers understand the topic and better use the available records. We also need translations for collection titles and images in articles about records written in languages other than English. For specific needs, please visit WikiProject FamilySearch Records.

Please follow these guidelines as you make changes. Thank you for any contributions you may provide.

Citations for This Collection

When you copy information from a record, you should list where you found the information; that is, cite 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, Homestead Final Certificates, 1863-1909.” Images. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2014. Citing NARA publication. National Archives and Record Administration, Washington, D.C.

Image Citation:

The citation for an image will be available on each image once the collection is published.


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