Dear Mr. Hopkins,
We suggest that you request the Land Entry Case file via the National Archives order online system To request the file you will need to enter 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).
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.
Please note that the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) has suspended reproduction and digitization services until further notice due to COVID-19. Orders will not be serviced until operations can resume safely. Once operations resume, document reproduction requests will be filled in the order in which they were received. We apologize for any inconvenience.
For more information about researching land records please visit the National Archives website on Land Records. We also suggest you consult NARA’s Request and Order Reproductions page for specific questions regarding your records request.
We hope this is helpful. Best of luck with your research!