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Black Homesteaders of the South

by Bernice Bennett

The stories in Black Homesteaders of the South were written by descendants who are genealogists and family historians. For many, learning about the Homestead Act of 1862 provided new information and concrete documentation that their ancestors took the brave step to apply for and receive a land patent for up to 160 acres of public land. This book is the first of its kind where the descendants in the rural communities of Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Louisiana, and Mississippi are telling how their ancestors met the eligibility requirements to apply for and obtain this homestead land. The documentation from the homestead land entry papers files offered key dates and vital information regarding the location of the land; age and birthplace of the claimant/applicant; when they originally settled on the land; the number of family members living on the land; improvements made; and a list of witnesses.

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Last Updated March 21, 2019



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