Great Online Resource – General Land Office Records

If you’re doing a little family research – especially out West – you might want to check out the Bureau of Land Management’s General Land Office website. The site offers searchable databases of Federal land title records going back to the early 1800s. For those of us who have ancestors who utilized the Homestead Act (in any of its manifestations), you may be able to find not only the record/title, but the field notes from the original surveys.

As with most really cool databases, you could spend hours playing around, so it’s a good thing the search function is pretty easy to use. Have fun!

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