The Homestead Act of 1862. The Homestead Act of 1862 not only helped populate a major portion of the current United States during the 19th and 20th centuries, but it left behind a vibrant record set for genealogy research. #genealogy #webinars

The Homestead Act of 1862. The Homestead Act of 1862 not only helped populate a major portion of the current United States during the 19th and 20th centuries, but it left behind a vibrant record set for genealogy research. #genealogy #webinars

Homestead Act of 1862 -- President Lincoln signs the Homestead Act. Thousands of families head to the plains with dreams of building a home, but on the plains there are no trees....Amazing!

Homestead Act of 1862 -- President Lincoln signs the Homestead Act. Thousands of families head to the plains with dreams of building a home, but on the plains there are no trees....Amazing!

The Homestead Act of 1862 | Homestead History by Pioneer Settler at http://pioneersettler.com/homestead-act-of-1862/

The Homestead Act of 1862

The Homestead Act of 1862 | Homestead History by Pioneer Settler at http://pioneersettler.com/homestead-act-of-1862/

The Homestead Act of 1862 | Homestead History by Pioneer Settler at http://pioneersettler.com/homestead-act-of-1862/

The Homestead Act of 1862

The Homestead Act of 1862 | Homestead History by Pioneer Settler at http://pioneersettler.com/homestead-act-of-1862/

Homestead act & other land records

How to Find Homestead Act Land Patents for Genealogy from the Bureau of Land Management

Daniel Freeman standing, holding gun, with hatchet tucked in belt.  The "first homesteader" to settle in Beatrice, Nebraska in 1863.

Daniel Freeman standing, holding gun, with hatchet tucked in belt. The "first homesteader" to settle in Beatrice, Nebraska in 1863.

The Homestead Act of 1862 | Homestead History by Pioneer Settler at http://pioneersettler.com/homestead-act-of-1862/

The Homestead Act of 1862

The Homestead Act of 1862 | Homestead History by Pioneer Settler at http://pioneersettler.com/homestead-act-of-1862/

Daniel Freeman, the first person to acquire land under the Homestead Act, in Beatrice, Nebraska, 1863.

Daniel Freeman, the first person to acquire land under the Homestead Act, in Beatrice, Nebraska, 1863.

President Abraham Lincoln signed the Homestead Act on May 20, 1862, to spur Western migration. How did a person get 160 acres of one's own? You had to be a U.S. citizen and 21 years of age. By paying a filing fee of $10 and residing on your new farm in the West for at least five years, the land would be yours.

President Abraham Lincoln signed the Homestead Act on May 20, 1862, to spur Western migration. How did a person get 160 acres of one's own? You had to be a U.S. citizen and 21 years of age. By paying a filing fee of $10 and residing on your new farm in the West for at least five years, the land would be yours.

The Homestead Act of 1862 made "unappropriated government lands" ---some 270 million acres, or eight to 10 percent of all land in the U.S. ---eligible for homesteading for a modest fee and lots of hard work.  Some 400,000 people took advantage of the government's offer, settling the plains, the prairies and the west coast.  Shown: homesteaders in Hunterstown, Indiana.

The Homestead Act of 1862 made "unappropriated government lands" ---some 270 million acres, or eight to 10 percent of all land in the U.S. ---eligible for homesteading for a modest fee and lots of hard work. Some 400,000 people took advantage of the government's offer, settling the plains, the prairies and the west coast. Shown: homesteaders in Hunterstown, Indiana.

The Homestead Act of 1862. Families were allowed 160 acres for a small filing fee and 5 yrs of residency. 45% of all the land in Nebraska was given away by the federal government under these provisions.

The Homestead Act of 1862. Families were allowed 160 acres for a small filing fee and 5 yrs of residency. 45% of all the land in Nebraska was given away by the federal government under these provisions.

Go Agnes! Thousands of women took advantage of the Homestead Act (1862) that offered free land in the American Great Plains.

Go Agnes! Thousands of women took advantage of the Homestead Act (1862) that offered free land in the American Great Plains.

Adeline Hornbek and the Homestead Act: A Colorado Success Story (67)   Discover how Adeline Hornbek, single mother of four, defied traditional gender roles to become the owner of a successful ranch under the Homestead Act. (National Park)

Adeline Hornbek and the Homestead Act: A Colorado Success Story (67) Discover how Adeline Hornbek, single mother of four, defied traditional gender roles to become the owner of a successful ranch under the Homestead Act. (National Park)

True to his roots as a frontier farm boy, on May 15, 1862, President Abraham Lincoln signed legislation to create the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Over the next two months - in the midst of the Civil War - he signed additional legislation that expanded and transformed American farming, including the Homestead Act, and the establishment of the Land Grant agricultural university system.

True to his roots as a frontier farm boy, on May 15, 1862, President Abraham Lincoln signed legislation to create the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Over the next two months - in the midst of the Civil War - he signed additional legislation that expanded and transformed American farming, including the Homestead Act, and the establishment of the Land Grant agricultural university system.

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