Today’s episode of Research Like a Pro is about United States Homestead Records. Do you have anyone in your family who took advantage of the Homestead Law of 1862? It is estimated that 2 million individuals applied for up to 320 acres of free land and your ancestor might be among them. We talk about two applicants for 320 acres in New Mexico about 1906 and 1911 and the details we learned about their family from the case files obtained from the National Archives.
BYU Conference on Family History and Genealogy – conference website
Those Valuable Homestead Records article by Diana at Family Locket
United States Land and Property article at the FamilySearch Wiki
Rectangular Surveys article at the FamilySearch Wiki
BLM GLO Records Website – search for land patents at the Bureau of Land Management General Land Office Records website
Study Group – more information and email list
Research Like a Pro: A Genealogist’s Guide by Diana Elder with Nicole Dyer on Amazon.com
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