Nebraska, North Platte Land Office, Homestead Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)

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This article describes a collection of records scheduled to become available at FamilySearch.org.
Box Butte, Nebraska, United States
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Record Description
Record Type Land
Collection years 1857-1908
FamilySearch Resources
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What is in the Collection?

The collection consists of homestead records from the General Land Office in North Platte, Nebraska. Records are at NARA in Washington, D.C. Images are courtesy of Footnote.com. The land office in North Platte opened in 1872. The records cover the years 1857 to 1908.

To Browse This Collection

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


What Can these Records Tell Me?

The key genealogical facts found in the Homestead records may include the following information:

  • Name of receiver
  • Date land was received
  • Location of land
  • Names of Witnesses

Collection Contents

Sample Images

== How Do I Search the Collection? ==  

You can search the index or view the images or both. Before using this collection, it is helpful to know: • Name of the person you are looking for • The Residence

View the Images

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  1. Select [browse level 2]
  2. Select [browse level 3]

How Do I Analyze the Results?

Compare each result from your search with what you know to determine if there is a match. This may require viewing multiple records or images.


For more tips about searching on-line collections see the on-line article FamilySearch Search Tips and Tricks.

What Do I Do Next?

Whenever possible, view the original records to verify the information and to find additional information that might not be reported. These pieces of information can lead you to additional records and family members.

I Found Who I was Looking for, What Now?

  • Use the information to find other records such as birth, christening, census, land and death records.
  • Use the information to find additional family members.
  • Repeat this process with additional family members found, to find more generations of the family.
  • Church Records often were kept years before government records were required and are a good source for finding ancestors before 1900.

I Can’t Find Who I’m Looking for, What Now?

  • Try viewing the original record to see if there were errors in the transcription of the name, age, residence, etc. Remember that there may be more than one person in the records with the same name.
  • Collect entries for every person who has the same surname. This list can help you identify possible relations that can be verified by records.
  • If you cannot locate your ancestor in the locality in which you believe they lived, then try searching records of a nearby locality in an area search.
  • Standard spelling of names typically did not exist during the periods our ancestors lived in. Try variations of your ancestor’s name while searching the index or browsing through images.
  • Remember that sometimes individuals went by nicknames or alternated between using first and middle names. Try searching for these names as well.
  • Search the indexes and records of Nebraska, United States Genealogy.
  • Search in the Nebraska Archives and Libraries.
  • Search in the FamilySearch Library Catalog

Citing 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:

"Nebraska, North Platte Land Office, Homestead Records, 1857-1908." Index. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2017. Citing "Nebraska, North Platte Land Office, Homestead Records." Fold3.com. http://www.fold3.com : n.d.

Image Citation:

The image citation will be available once the collection is published.


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