Nebraska, Broken Bow Homestead Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)

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== Collection Time Period ==
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== Record Description ==
  
Records from this collection encompass the years 1863-1908.  
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This collection includes homestead entry case files and land entry case files for the years 1890 to 1908. The files were arranged chronologically and assigned a final certificate number. The files are from the Bureau of Land Management and include documents required to qualify for a homestead, such as:
  
== Record Description  ==
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*Final certificates
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*Applications with land descriptions
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*Affidavits showing proof of citizenship
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*Register and Receiver receipts, notices, and final proofs
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*Testimonies of witnesses
  
This collection includes homestead entry case files and land entry case files. The records are arranged by final certificate number. They are from the Bureau of Land Management. The homestead entry case files include applications, petitions, affidavits and other documents required to qualify for a homestead.  
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The Homestead Act of 1862 was signed into law after the secession of many Southern states from the Union. The Homestead Act allowed for settlement of land in unpopulated areas. It established a land acquisition process that required filing an application, improving the land, and filing for the deed of title. Any citizen or intended citizen could file an application for 160 acres of land, as long as they had never fought against the U.S. Government. Homesteaders had 5 years to build on, farm, and improve the land. After five years, a homeowner could file for a land patent or deed at a local land office. The local land offices forwarded the documentation to the General Land Office in Washington D.C. with a final certificate of eligibility.  
  
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Claimants paid $1.25 an acre. Service in the Union Army was counted towards the residency requirement after the Civil War. Not all homesteaders were able to qualify for ownership of the land due to harsh soil and weather conditions. Once the railroads were in place, homesteading increased due to the ease of travel.  
Image:Nebraska Lincoln Land Office United States Homestead Records (09-0176) Application DGS 4568014.jpg
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Image:Nebraska Lincoln Land Office United States Homestead Records (09-0176) Proof DGS 4568014_14-15.jpg
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Image:Nebraska Lincoln Land Office United States Homestead Records (09-0176) Final Certificate DGS 4571528.jpg
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=== Record Content  ===
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{{Collection citation | text= "Nebraska, Broken Bow Homestead Records, 1890-1908" Index. <i>FamilySearch</i>. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2013. Citing "Land Entry Case Files of the Broken Bow Land Office, Broken Bow, Nebraska: Homestead Final Certificates, 1890-1908." <i>Fold3.com</i>. http://www.fold3.com : 2007.}}
  
The key genealogical facts found in most final certificates and homestead patents are:<br>• Date<br>• Application and final certificate numbers<br>• Name of applicant<br>• Description and location of land
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== Record Content  ==
  
== How to Use the Record ==
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<gallery caption="United States Homestead Record Examples" perrow="3" widths="160px" heights="120px">
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Image:Nebraska Lincoln Land Office United States Homestead Records (09-0176) Application DGS 4568014.jpg|Homestead Application
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Image:Nebraska Lincoln Land Office United States Homestead Records (09-0176) Proof DGS 4568014_14-15.jpg|Homestead Proof
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Image:Nebraska Lincoln Land Office United States Homestead Records (09-0176) Final Certificate DGS 4571528.jpg|Final Certificate
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Information found in this collection may include:
  
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:<br>• Use the name, location and date to find the family in census records<br>• Use the description and location of land to find the family in land records<br>• Use the description and location of land to find the family in probate records<br>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.
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*Date
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*Application and final certificate numbers
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*Name of applicant
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*Description and location of land
  
== Record History ==
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== How to Use the Record  ==
  
The Homestead Act of 1862 was signed into law after the secession of many Southern states from the Union.
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To begin your search it is helpful to know
  
=== Why This Record Was Created  ===
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*Name of the applicant
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*Date
  
The Homestead Act allowed for settlement of land in unpopulated areas. It established a land acquisition process that required filing an application, improving the land, and filing for the deed of title. Any citizen or intended citizen could file an application for 160 acres of land, as long as they had never fought against the U.S. Government. Homesteaders had 5 years to build on, farm, and improve the land. After 5 years a homeowner could file for a land patent or deed at a local land office. The local land offices forwarded the documentation to the General Land Office in Washington D.C., with a final certificate of eligibility. Claimants paid $1.25 an acre. Service in the Union Army was counted towards the residency requirement after the Civil War. Not all homesteaders were able to qualify for ownership of the land due to harsh soil and weather conditions. Once the railroads were in place, homesteading increased due to the ease of travel.
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==== Search the Collection  ====
  
=== Record Reliability  ===
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Fill in the requested information in the initial search page. This search will return a list of possible matches. Compare the information about the ancestors in the list to what you already know about your ancestors to determine if this is the correct family or person. 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:
  
Records are organized by final certificate number order.  
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*There may be more than one person in the records with the same name.
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*You may not be sure of your own ancestor’s name.
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*Your ancestor may have used different names or variations of their name throughout their life.
  
== Related Web Sites  ==
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For tips about searching on-line collections see the on-line video at [http://broadcast.lds.org/familysearch/2011-12-03-familysearch-search-tips-1000k-eng.mp4 FamilySearch Search Tips].
  
[http://www.nebraskagenealogy.com/land.htm Nebraska Land Records]
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==== Using the Information  ====
  
== Related Wiki Articles  ==
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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:
  
[[Nebraska Land and Property|Nebraska Land and Property]]
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*Use the name, location, and date to find the family in census records.
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*Use the description and location of land to find the family in land records.
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*Use the description and location of land to find the family in probate records.
  
==== Contributions to This Article  ====
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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.
  
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== Related Websites  ==
  
== Citing FamilySearch Historical Collections  ==
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[http://www.nebraskagenealogy.com/land.htm Nebraska Land Records]
  
When you copy information from the record, you should also list where you found the information. This will help you or others to find th record again. It is also good to keep track of records where you do not find information, including the names of the people you looked for in the records.
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== Related Wiki Articles  ==
  
A suggested format for keeping track of records that you have searched in found in the Wiki Article: [[How to Create Source Citations For FamilySearch Historical Records Collections|How to Create Source Citations for FamilySearch Historical Records Collections]]  
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*[[Nebraska]]
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*[[Nebraska Land and Property|Nebraska Land and Property]]
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*[[Nebraska, Homestead Records from Nebraska City and Lincoln Land Offices (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]
  
=== Examples of Source Citations for a Record in This Collection ===
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== Contributions to This Article ==
  
"Nebraska, Broken Bow Homestead Records, 1890-1908." index and images, ''FamilySearch'' ([https://www.familysearch.org https://www.familysearch.org]): accessed 25 March 2011. entry for William Brown, township 19 North, range 17 West, section 28; citing Homestead Records; Bureau of Land Management General Land Office, Washington DC.
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== Citing FamilySearch Historical Collections  ==
  
== Sources of Information for This Collection  ==
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When you copy information from a record, you should also list where you found the information. This will help you or others to find the record again. 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.
  
<!--bibdescbegin-->Homestead Final Certificates, index, ''FamilySearch'' ([https://www.familysearch.org https://www.familysearch.org]); from the National Archives and Records Administration, Bureau of Land Management General Land Office, Washington DC.<!--bibdescend-->
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A suggested format for keeping track of records that you have searched is found in the wiki article [[Help:How to Cite FamilySearch Collections]].  
  
 
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Revision as of 21:23, 18 September 2013

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


Contents

Record Description

This collection includes homestead entry case files and land entry case files for the years 1890 to 1908. The files were arranged chronologically and assigned a final certificate number. The files are from the Bureau of Land Management and include documents required to qualify for a homestead, such as:

  • Final certificates
  • Applications with land descriptions
  • Affidavits showing proof of citizenship
  • Register and Receiver receipts, notices, and final proofs
  • Testimonies of witnesses

The Homestead Act of 1862 was signed into law after the secession of many Southern states from the Union. The Homestead Act allowed for settlement of land in unpopulated areas. It established a land acquisition process that required filing an application, improving the land, and filing for the deed of title. Any citizen or intended citizen could file an application for 160 acres of land, as long as they had never fought against the U.S. Government. Homesteaders had 5 years to build on, farm, and improve the land. After five years, a homeowner could file for a land patent or deed at a local land office. The local land offices forwarded the documentation to the General Land Office in Washington D.C. with a final certificate of eligibility.

Claimants paid $1.25 an acre. Service in the Union Army was counted towards the residency requirement after the Civil War. Not all homesteaders were able to qualify for ownership of the land due to harsh soil and weather conditions. Once the railroads were in place, homesteading increased due to the ease of travel.

"Nebraska, Broken Bow Homestead Records, 1890-1908" Index. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2013. Citing "Land Entry Case Files of the Broken Bow Land Office, Broken Bow, Nebraska: Homestead Final Certificates, 1890-1908." Fold3.com. http://www.fold3.com : 2007.

Record Content

Information found in this collection may include:

  • Date
  • Application and final certificate numbers
  • Name of applicant
  • Description and location of land

How to Use the Record

To begin your search it is helpful to know

  • Name of the applicant
  • Date

Search the Collection

Fill in the requested information in the initial search page. This search will return a list of possible matches. Compare the information about the ancestors in the list to what you already know about your ancestors to determine if this is the correct family or person. 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.

For tips about searching on-line collections see the on-line video at FamilySearch Search Tips.

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 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

Nebraska Land Records

Related Wiki Articles

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.


Citing FamilySearch Historical Collections

When you copy information from a record, you should also list where you found the information. This will help you or others to find the record again. 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.

A suggested format for keeping track of records that you have searched is found in the wiki article Help:How to Cite FamilySearch Collections.