United States, Cancelled, Relinquished, or Rejected Land Entry Case Files (FamilySearch Historical Records)

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Record Description
Record Type Land Entry case Files
Record Group RG 49: Records of the Bureau of Land management
Collection years 1861-1932
National Archives Identifier 378
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What is in the Collection?

This collection includes serialized land entry case files that were cancelled, relinquished, or rejected by the General Land Office for the years 1861 to 1932. The applications include homesteads, mining claims, and land preemptions. This collection includes Nebraska land offices at Alliance, Broken Bow, Lincoln, North Platte, O'Neill, and Valentine. The records are at the NARA Regional Center in Kansas City, Missouri. This collection is being published as images become available.

  • Land Offices Currently Available
  • Kansas
  • Dodge City, 1894-1919, nos. 1-14686 NAID 584041
  • Topeka, 1861-1925, nos. 1-5599 NAID 584006
  • Nebraska
  • Alliance, 1908-1932, nos. 1-18285 NAID 584054


You can browse through images in this collection by visiting the browse page for United States, Cancelled, Relinquished, or Rejected Land Entry Case Files, 1861-1932.

Collection Content

Sample Images

What Can this Collection Tell Me?

The records usually include:

  • Name of applicant
  • Date
  • Description and location of land

How Do I Search the Collection?

To begin your search it is helpful to know:

  • The name of the applicant
  • The approximate date of application


View images in this collection by visiting the Browse Page:
To search the collection you will need to follow this series of links:
⇒ Select the "Browse" link in the initial search page
⇒ Select the "State" category
⇒ Select the "Land office name" category
⇒ Select the "Record Type, Date Range, File no. range" category which takes you to the images

Look at each image comparing the information with what you already know about your ancestors to determine if the image relates to them. 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.

What Do I Do Next?

When you have located your ancestor’s record, carefully evaluate each piece of information given. Save a copy of the image or transcribe the information. These pieces of information may give you new biographical details. Add this new information to your records of each family. You should also look for leads to other records about your ancestors.

I Found Who I was Looking for, What Now?

  • 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.
  • Search for records of people in the county who shared a surname. These may have been the couple’s parents, uncles, or other relatives.
  • When looking for a person who had a common name, look at all the entries for the name before deciding which is correct.

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

  • Look for variant spellings of the names. You should also look for nicknames and abbreviated names.
  • Check for nearby land owners with similar or variant spellings of the surnames.
  • Look for an index. There are often indexes at the beginning of each volume. Local genealogical and historical societies often have indexes to local records.
  • Search the indexes and records of other land offices
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Citing this Collection

Citing your sources makes it easy for others to find and evaluate the records you used. When you copy information from a record, list where you found that information. Here you can find citations already created for the entire collection and for each individual record or image.

Collection citation:

“United States, Cancelled, Relinquished, or Rejected Land Entry Case Files, 1861-1932.” Images. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2016. Citing General Land Office. NARA Regional Center, Kansas City, Missouri.

Image citation:

The image citation is available by clicking on the Information tab at the bottom left of the screen. You can browse through images in this collection by visiting the browse page for United States, Cancelled, Relinquished, or Rejected Land Entry Case Files, 1861-1932.

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