United States Land and Property

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*[[State Land|State Land]]<br>
 
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Revision as of 21:08, 27 August 2010

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Footnote.com ($) now has images of entry case files from Nebraska's Broken Bow land office, 1890-1908 (NARA M1915).

Introduction

The availability of land attracted many immigrants to America and encouraged westward expansion. Land ownership was generally recorded in an area as soon as settlers began to arrive. These important records sometimes exist when few other records are available.

Land records are primarily used to learn where an individual lived and when he lived there. They often reveal other family information, such as the name of a spouse, heir, other relatives, or neighbors. You may learn where a person lived previously, his occupation, if he had served in the military, if he was a naturalized citizen, and other clues for further research

The Land Acquisition Process

Government Land Grants Person to Person

United States

Federal Land States

Federal vs. State Land States.png
Federal land states (blue) & state land states (brown)

State Land States