The below mini-announcement is interesting. New Mexico has many families throughout the state that live or descend from people who homesteaded their lands. These were farmers and ranchers for the most part. My family is one of those and the area around Trementina is full of homesteaders. I am looking into this, so I can send them a long list of Homesteaders I descend from.
Are You a Homesteader or Descendant?
The Homestead Act of 1862 transferred more than 270 million acres of land from Federal to private ownership. We are seeking your help in locating people who filed claims under the Homestead Act. The goal is to locate and record the experiences of remaining homesteaders before the opportunity is lost. Homestead National Monument of America is developing a database of homesteaders and descendants. If you are a homesteader or a descendant, please help us by sending your name, address, telephone number and e-mail to:
Friends of Homestead
Homestead National Monument of America
8523 W. State Highway 4
Beatrice NE 68310