Heard this story on NPR Radio yesterday afternoon “Digital Homestead Records Reopen A Crucial Chapter Of U.S. History” – http://www.npr.org/2014/07/02/327797193/digital-homestead-records-reopen-a-crucial-chapter-of-u-s-history.
The Homestead Records Project seeks to digitize the over 800,000 Homestead Records from nearly 200 land offices in all 30 Homesteading States. Nebraska records were the first to be digitized, and they are now complete. Next up is Arizona, followed by Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Ohio, Nevada, and Alaska (in that order), but for now the records for the remaining 29 states are only available in hard copy in the National Archives – http://www.nps.gov/home/historyculture/track-the-progress-of-the-homestead-records-project.htm.
http://www.nps.gov/home/historyculture/homesteadrecords.htm – NE Records are currently available on – http://www.fold3.com/title_650/homestead_records_ne/, but fold3.com is not a free site. This could be an interesting historical set of land records to geocode to our state GIS maps when they become available [and if they are free].
Posted for Phil Worrall, Executive Director, Indiana Geographic Information Council, Inc.