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Using Homestead Records to Tell Your Ancestor’s Story
The process of applying for a homestead left an extensive paper trail. These files contain a goldmine of information and clues about your ancestors' lives. They can add depth to your relatives' stories. Learn how to identify potential homesteading ancestors; the process & requirements of making a homestead claim; the different kinds of homestead laws; and how to obtain, organize and analyze these files.
Intermediate. Online database savvy and can locate/read deeds, vital records, wills, and church records., Advanced. Very experienced, including early US and foreign records.
Digital Resources: database tools/strategies; web tools (i.e. Google); general interest, Record Types: BMD vital records; church; cemeteries; census/substitutes; military; newspapers/obituaries; occupation; slave; tax; wills/probate; land records, Repositories: brick-and-mortar resources; courthouse; NARA