United States Homestead Final Certificates, 1863-1909 is a free collection at FamilySearch with browsable images for homestead records from the General Land Office (GLO) in Arizona.


This collection consists of 3,907 United States federal tract books containing the official record of each parcel of public land until it was transferred from federal to private ownership in 28 of the 30 federal land states between the years 1820 and c.1955. The federal tract books for Alaska and Missouri are lost. This is the browsable page.


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What Can I Learn from Land Records?


These records may include:

  • Name of applicant
  • Date
  • Application and final certificate numbers
  • Description and location of land
  • Names of witnesses, family members or neighbors
  • Birth information
  • Previous residences
  • Occupations
  • Marital status
  • If applicant has filed for multiple homesteads



How Can Land Records Help Me Find Other Records?


With information from these records you may be able to:

  • Use the name, location, and date to find the family in census records
  • Use the description and location of land to find the family in other land records
  • Use the description and location of land to find the family in probate records


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