Did Your Ancestor Get Federal Land?

Many Americans obtained federal land, either through military warrants, homesteading, outright purchase, or several less-popular options.

Federal land patents can be searched at the Bureau of Land Management website. The records documenting the acquisition are at the National Archives. The amount of genealogical detail in those records can vary, but cash land sales generally yield little in the way of additional information. 

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7 thoughts on “Did Your Ancestor Get Federal Land?

  1. Kat

    In the deed records, I found where my ancestor sold land in NE Louisiana, but could not find where or when he purchased it. Many years later, while doing a broad search at the BLM website on the area in question, I discovered that he had received this land for service in the Mexican war. Other men in the same area of Louisiana received land, too. I have not been able to find any service records online, however.

    1. michaeljohnneill Post author

      The service records are not online, nor are the warrant applications. The National Archives does have those.

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