The Homestead Final Certificate Land Entry Case Files, amassed by the General Land Office, were intended to ensure that those who claimed a portion of the public domain through the Homestead Act of 1862 met the requirements of this law. These records describe improvements made to the property, including houses constructed, wells dug, crops planted, trees cleared and fences built. Some case files include records of military service, evidence of naturalization, and much more.
The Homestead Act of 1862 lasted for 123 years and virtually all Homestead Land-Entry Case Files, from the 30 homesteading states, have survived and are cared for by the National Archives. In Arizona, thousands of individuals received land through the provisions of the Homestead Act.
These images will be accessible free at Homestead National Monument of America which is a unit of the National Park Service located near Beatrice, Nebraska, at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln libraries and at any National Archives and Records Administration research center nationwide. They will also be available at Fold3.com or Ancestry.com by subscription. Additionally, the public will be able to access the images free at one of the countless FamilySearch Family History Centers across the United States. Visit https://familysearch.org/locations/centerlocator for the one nearest you.
The project collaborators are Homestead National Monument of America, FamilySearch International, Fold3.com, Ancestry.com, the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, and the National Archives. For more information, please contact Homestead National Monument of America’s Historian Blake Bell at 402-223-3514 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.