Nebraska Homestead Land Records

A database (1860-1954 Tract Books Index) has been compiled that allows researchers to locate references within the 163 land tract books that list the first owners of land in Nebraska. The tract books are on 47 microfilm reels. For a copy of the land entry from the tract books, contact the Library/Archives Reference Staff. Copies of the complete land file can be acquired from the National Archives with the information found in the tract books.


The researcher may input a Name, Section, Township, and/or Range and will be given a listing of all the matching name index entries.


If you entered...   The search results would include...
Name: Abbott
Section: 7
Township: 30
Range: 51W
  All references to first/last name "Abbott" in Section "7" Township "30" Range "51W" in the tract books index.  Note that only one field is required for a search, if you don't know the Section, Township and/or Range leave those fields blank.


1860-1954 Tract Books Index Search

Enter Name:






The following information is given for most entries:

  • Name
  • Section
  • Township
  • Range
  • Reel
  • Vol-Page


For more information about this database see Nebraska U.S. General Land Office Tract Books by Gerald E. Sherard (2001).


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