United States, Cancelled, Relinquished, or Rejected Land Entry Case Files, 1861-1932 is a free collection at FamilySearch with browsable images of land records for homesteads, mining claims, and land preemptions. This collection includes Kansas land offices at Dodge City and Topeka and Nebraska land offices at Alliance, Broken Bow, Lincoln, North Platte, O’Neill, and Valentine.


This collection consists of canceled and relinquished case files of land entries that progressed from an application to an allowed entry, but were later canceled by the General Land Office (GLO) in Washington D.C., or relinquished by the entryman from 1861-1932. Application files could be for homesteads, mining claims or land preemptions. A file may contain the original entry application, correspondence between the officials of the district (local) land offices, receipts for fees paid, public notices, affidavits and witness statements, proof of military service, the entryman’s (a settler or person making a land claim) naturalization records, and documents concerning the cancelation or relinquishment of the entry.


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What Can I Learn from Land Records?


These records may include:

    • Name of applicant
    • Date
    • Description and location of land



How Can Land Records Help Me Find Other Records?


With information from these records you may be able to:

  • Add any new information to your records
  • Use the ages in those records to estimate birth dates and find birth, christenings, marriage and death records
  • Repeat this process with additional family members found, to find more generations of the family
  • Church Records often were kept years before government records were required and are a good source for finding ancestors before 1900


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