[APG Public List] [APGPublicList] Land Entry Files

Angela McGhie mcghiefamilyhistory at gmail.com
Fri Oct 16 16:05:43 MDT 2009

Karen asked:

"Do the Cash entry files contain much genealogical information? Is it worth
the time and money to order the land entry file for a Cash Sale under the
Act of 1820?"

The cash entry files contain a receipt for money paid and a final
certificate authorizing issuance of a patent. These do not contain much
genealogical information.

If the tract was claimed on the basis of preemption, the file may contain a
preemption proof. If the tract was entered as a homestead and commuted to
cash, then the file would include the homestead application. These files can
contain more useful genealogical information.

NARA charges $40 for a land entry file if you order it directly. The other
option is to hire a researcher at NARA to pull these files and copy them for
you. This option is usually less expensive.

Angela McGhie
APG member
NARA researcher
mcghiefamilyhistory at gmail.com
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