Nebraska, Broken Bow Homestead Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)

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== Collection Time Period ==
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Records from this collection encompass the years 1890-1908.
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== Record Description  ==
 
== Record Description  ==
  
This collection includes homestead entry case files and land entry case files. 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:  
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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:  
  
 
*Final certificates  
 
*Final certificates  
 
*Applications with land descriptions  
 
*Applications with land descriptions  
 
*Affidavits showing proof of citizenship  
 
*Affidavits showing proof of citizenship  
*Register and Receiver receipts, notices and final proofs  
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*Register and Receiver receipts, notices, and final proofs  
 
*Testimonies of witnesses
 
*Testimonies of witnesses
  
=== Record Content  ===
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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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{{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.}}
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== Record Content  ==
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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:  
Key genealogical facts found in most final certificates and homestead patents include:  
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*Date  
 
*Date  
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== How to Use the Record  ==
 
== How to Use the Record  ==
  
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:
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To begin your search it is helpful to know
  
*Use the name, location, and date to find the family in census records.
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*Name of the applicant
*Use the description and location of land to find the family in land records.
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*Date
*Use the description and location of land to find the family in probate records.
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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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==== Search the Collection  ====
  
== Record History  ==
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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:
  
The Homestead Act of 1862 was signed into law after the secession of many Southern states from the Union.  
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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.
  
=== Why This Record Was Created  ===
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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].
  
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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==== Using the Information  ====
  
=== Record Reliability  ===
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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:
  
Information in these records is usually reliable but depends upon reliability of the informant.  
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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.
  
== Related Web Sites ==
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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 ==
  
 
[http://www.nebraskagenealogy.com/land.htm Nebraska Land Records]  
 
[http://www.nebraskagenealogy.com/land.htm Nebraska Land Records]  
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== Related Wiki Articles  ==
 
== Related Wiki Articles  ==
  
[[Nebraska Land and Property|Nebraska Land and Property]]  
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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)]]
  
==== Contributions to This Article  ====
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== Contributions to This Article  ==
  
 
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== Citing FamilySearch Historical Collections  ==
 
== Citing FamilySearch Historical Collections  ==
  
When you copy information from the 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 do not find information, including the names of the people you looked for in the records.  
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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.  
 
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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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=== Examples of Source Citations for a Record in This Collection  ===
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"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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== Sources of Information for This Collection  ==
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<!--bibdescbegin-->Nebraska. Broken Bow Homestead Records, 1890-1908. NARA M1915. 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]].  
  
 
[[Category:Nebraska|Land and Property]]
 
[[Category:Nebraska|Land and Property]]

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. Guidelines are available to help you make changes. Thank you for any contributions you may provide. If you would like to get more involved join the WikiProject FamilySearch Records.

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.