1 Reply Latest reply on Jun 10, 2019 2:45 PM by Marene Baker

    How do I request a land entry case file?

    Kelly Osborn Tracker

      I have heard that land entry case files contain useful information for people doing genealogical research. What kind of information does it contain, and how do I request one?

        • Re: How do I request a land entry case file?

          Thank you for posting your question to History Hub. You can request a Land Entry Case file via the National Archives order online system at https://eservices.archives.gov/orderonline/start.swe?SWECmd=Start&SWEHo=eservices.archives.gov.  To request the file you will need to know, the name of the person claiming the homestead, where the homestead was (state), and the legal land description of the claim (township, range, and section).  If you only have the name of the homesteader it is a good idea to first check on the BLM’s General Land Office website www.glorecords.blm.gov.  This website lists all the finalized, or patented, claims filed with the General Land Office. 


          The type of information contained in the land entry case files can vary depending on the type of claim, the way the claim was processed (such as homesteaded, military, or purchased), and even when and where the claim was filed.  No two land files are ever the same. Typically a case file will contain information regarding the passage of ownership of the land from the Federal Government to the Entryman (or land owner).  The file reflects the paperwork accumulated by the local land office in administering the application.  Types of documents that can be present in the file include applications, correspondence, final patent, claimant’s testimony, legal land description, and survey maps or drawings, just to name a few.   Additionally the file might contain marriage certificates, naturalization records, age and place of birth of claimant, military service, literacy, and economic status. 


          For more information about researching land records please visit the National Archives website regarding land records at https://www.archives.gov/research/land.  For specific questions regarding requesting your records through NARA’s order online check out this useful page



          Best of luck with your research!

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