Nebraska, Broken Bow Homestead Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)

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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. 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  
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*Final certificates  
*applications with land descriptions  
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*Applications with land descriptions  
*affidavits showing proof of citizenship  
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*Affidavits showing proof of citizenship  
 
*Register and Receiver receipts, notices and final proofs  
 
*Register and Receiver receipts, notices and final proofs  
*testimonies of witnesses
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*Testimonies of witnesses
  
 
=== Record Content  ===
 
=== Record Content  ===
  
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Image:Nebraska Lincoln Land Office United States Homestead Records (09-0176) Application DGS 4568014.jpg  
 
Image:Nebraska Lincoln Land Office United States Homestead Records (09-0176) Proof DGS 4568014_14-15.jpg
 
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The key genealogical facts found in most final certificates and homestead patents are:
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Key genealogical facts found in most final certificates and homestead patents include:  
  
*Date
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*Date  
*Application and final certificate numbers
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*Application and final certificate numbers  
*Name of applicant
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*Name of applicant  
 
*Description and location of land
 
*Description and location of land
  
 
== 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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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
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*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
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*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
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*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.  
 
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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=== Why This Record Was Created  ===
 
=== Why This Record Was Created  ===
  
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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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.  
  
 
=== Record Reliability  ===
 
=== Record Reliability  ===
  
Records are organized by final certificate number order.  
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Records are organized by final certificate number order. Information in these records is usually reliable but depends upon reliability of the informant.
  
 
== Related Web Sites  ==
 
== Related Web Sites  ==
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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 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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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.  
  
 
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]]  
 
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]]  

Revision as of 18:49, 15 June 2011

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

Contents

Collection Time Period

Records from this collection encompass the years 1890-1908.

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:

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

Record Content

Key genealogical facts found in most final certificates and homestead patents include:

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

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:

  • 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.

Record History

The Homestead Act of 1862 was signed into law after the secession of many Southern states from the Union.

Why This Record Was Created

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.

Record Reliability

Records are organized by final certificate number order. Information in these records is usually reliable but depends upon reliability of the informant.

Related Web Sites

Nebraska Land Records

Related Wiki Articles

Nebraska Land and Property

Contributions to This Article

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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.

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

Examples of Source Citations for a Record in This Collection

"Nebraska, Broken Bow Homestead Records, 1890-1908." index and images, FamilySearch (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.

Sources of Information for This Collection

Nebraska. Broken Bow Homestead Records, 1890-1908. NARA M1915. National Archives and Records Administration, Bureau of Land Management General Land Office, Washington DC.