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United States, Cancelled, Relinquished, or Rejected Land Entry Case Files, 1861-1932
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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 This Collection?[edit | edit source]

This collection consists of canceled and relinquished case files of land entries that progressed from an application to an allowed entry, but were later canceled by the General Land Office (GLO) in Washington D.C., or relinquished by the entryman from 1861-1932. Application files could be for homesteads, mining claims or land preemptions. A file may contain the original entry application, correspondence between the officials of the district (local) land offices, receipts for fees paid, public notices, affidavits and witness statements, proof of military service, the entryman’s (a settler or person making a land claim) naturalization records, and documents concerning the cancelation or relinquishment of the entry.

The initial point of contact between a settler and the government was a district land office. A District Land Office was staffed by a Register and a Receiver. The Register was responsible for land entry papers until they were sent to the GLO, and for maintaining the tract and register books and other records relating to claims. The Receiver handled the money involved in land claims.

A person wanting to make an entry of any type went to the Register of the local land office and filed his claim upon the public domain (available public lands). Some types of claims, such as cash entries, were settled quickly; other claims required several proofs over time. When all the legal requirements for title to the claimed land had been satisfied, a final certificate was issued by the Register to the entryman, and all papers regarding the claim were sent to the GLO. If all the was found to be in order a patent (title) was prepared and sent to the Register for delivery to the entryman. Case files where a final certificate or title was issued were removed by the land office and sent to the GLO.

Local Land Offices included in this Collection are shown in a Coverage Table in the Collection Contents Section below.

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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.

What Can These Records Tell Me?[edit | edit source]

The following information may be found in these records:


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

Collection Contents[edit | edit source]

Sample Images[edit | edit source]

Coverage Table[edit | edit source]

Land Offices Included in the Collection:
State District Land Office Collection Years Image Range NAID
Dodge City 1894-1919 1-14686 584041
Topeka 1-5599 584006
Alliance 1908-1932 1-21534 584054
Broken Bow 1908-1913 3-12569 584158
Lincoln 1905-1920 3-3051 584169
North Platte 1902-1922 1-6576 584161
O'Neill 1900-1914 2-4590 584170
Valentine 1909-1918 1-10156 584151
1908-1932 18287-18410

How Do I Search This Collection?[edit | edit source]

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  • The approximate date of application

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