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

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North Platte, Lincoln, Nebraska, United States
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Record Description
Record Type Land
Collection years 1857-1908
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What is in This 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 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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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. Keep track of your research in a research log.

What Do I Do Next?

I Found Who I was Looking for, What Now?

  • Copy the citation below, in case you need to find this record again later.
  • Use the information found in the record to find additional land records that might have more information.
  • Use the age or estimated birth date to determine an approximate birth date to find church and vital records such as birth, baptism, marriage and death records.
  • Use the information found in the record to find immigration and probate records.
  • Use the information in each record to find additional family members in the censuses. There may be clues to maiden names if a father deeded property to his daughter upon marriage. Witnesses and neighbors may be in-laws or relatives.
  • Repeat this process with additional family member’s records to find more generations of the family.
  • Church Records were kept years before counties began keeping records. They are a good source for finding ancestors before 1900.

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

  • If your ancestor does not have a common name, collect entries for every person who has the same surname. This list can help you find possible relatives.
  • If you cannot locate your ancestor in the locality in which you believe they lived, then try searching records of a nearby town or county.
  • Try different spellings of your ancestor’s name.
  • Remember that sometimes individuals went by nicknames or alternated between using first and middle names. Try searching for these names as well.
  • Check the info box above for additional FamilySearch websites and related websites that may assist you in finding similar records.

Research Helps

The following articles will help you in your research for your family in the state of Nebraska.

Citing this Collection

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Collection Citation:
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Record Citation:
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Image Citation:
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