United States, Homestead Final Certificates (FamilySearch Historical Records)

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Record Description
Record Type Final Certificates
Record Group RG 49: Records of the Bureau of Land Management
Collection years 1863-1909
National Archives Identifier 378
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National Archives and Records Administration

What is in the Collection?

Homestead Final Certificates from twenty -five General Land Offices. The certificates are part of Record Group 49 Records of the Bureau of Land Management located in the National Archives in Washington, D.C. The certificates are arrange by land office them numerical by certificate number. The National Archives Identification Number (NAID) is included below. At present images have been published for the land offices Arizona.

Published in this Collection

  • Alaska Juneau 1902-1908, 1-90 6037952
  • Alaska Nome 1907, Unarranged 6037958
  • Alaska Sitka 1899-1902, 1-42 6037971
  • Arizona Phoenix 1905-1908, 1-312 6207719
  • Arizona Prescott 1871-1905, 1-853 6106282
  • Arizona Florence/Tucson 1875-1905, 1-1472 6210139
  • Illinois Springfield 1863-1876, 1-76 7551458
  • Indiana Brookville/Indianapolis 1875-1909, 1-33 5725823
  • Iowa Kanesville/Council Bluffs 1863-1875, 1-196 5725732
  • Iowa Fort Dodge 1863-1874, 1-874 5725774
  • Iowa Sioux City 1863-1878,1-4966 5725738
  • Iowa Des Moines 1863-1908, 1-2,802 5725780
  • Ohio Chillicothe 1863-1876,1-110 5681064
  • Nevada Elko 1872-1877, 1-30 7551461
  • Nevada Carson City 1864-1908, 1-432 7551460
  • Nevada Austin & Eureka 1868-1893, 1-137 7551462
  • Utah Beaver City 1876-1877, 1-16 7551463
  • Utah Salt Lake City 1868-1946,1-8096 7551465
  • Utah Vernal 1905-1927, 2-18 7551466
  • Wyoming Cheyenne 1871-1908, 1-2298 7551468
  • Wyoming Evanston 1788-1908, 1-1477 7551470
  • Wyoming Lander 1890-1908, 1-926 7551471
  • Wyoming Buffalo 1888-1908, 1-1611 7551467
  • Wyoming Sundance 1890-1908, 1-1286 7551472
  • Wyoming Douglas 1890-1908, 1-1034 7551469

Additional states and descriptive information may be added to this collection.

To Browse this Collection

You can browse through images in this collection by visiting the browse page for United States, Homestead Final Certificates, 1863-1909.

Collection Content

Sample Images

What Can this Collection Tell Me?

Records may contain any of the following:

  • Name of applicant
  • Date
  • Application and final certificate numbers
  • Description and location of land
  • Names of witnesses, family members or neighbors
  • Birth information
  • Previous residences
  • Occupations
  • Marital status
  • If applicant has filed for multiple homesteads

How Do I Search the Collection?

To begin your search it is helpful to know:

  • The name of the applicant.
  • The 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 "Browse through images" on the initial collection page
⇒ Select the appropriate "State"
⇒ Select the appropriate "Land office name"
⇒ Select the appropriate "Record type" 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 homestead final certificate, 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.

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 other land records.
  • Use the description and location of land to find the family in probate records.

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

  • 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.
  • Look for variant spellings of the names. You should also look for nicknames and abbreviated names.
  • Look for another index. Local genealogical and historical societies often have indexes to local records.
  • Search the indexes and records of nearby counties.
  • Try alternative search methods such as only filling in the surname search box (or the given name search box) on the landing page leaving the other box empty and then click on search. This should return a list of everyone with that particular name. You could then browse the list for individuals that may be your ancestor.

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, Homestead Final Certificates, 1863-1909.” Images. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2017. Citing NARA various General Land Offices. Records of the Bureau of Land Management 1685 - 1993, RG 49. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 1995.

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, Homestead Final Certificates, 1863-1909.

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