Where to Find Idaho’s Federal Land Records

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Between 1860 and 1934 the U. S. government kept records of all federal land transactions in Idaho. These records can contain genealogically significant information.

The records include land transactions under various laws and acts, including: donation land, homesteads, timber and stone, timber culture, desert land, mining, and some cash sales. The records also include tract books (township, range, section, and fraction of section) with lists of owners.

There are records of homestead entries and final certificates, desert land declarations and entries, timber culture entries, abstracts of land sold, and patents delivered.

Federal Land Offices were located in various places over the years, including: Blackfoot, Boise, Coeur d’Alene (most records lost in fire), Hailey, Lewiston, and Oxford.

The records here do not include the land entry case files. Those records are available from the National Archives, in Washington, D. C. Record copies of donation land patents issued are kept by the Bureau of Land Management, and are not included here.

Some information on this page has been summarized from NARA publication M1620 — Federal Land Records for Idaho, 1860–1934.

Copies of these records are kept at the National Archives and Records Administration’s Pacific Alaska Region facility in Seattle, Washington, where I am a professional genealogy researcher. Contact me to start a discussion about the possibilities of researching your family’s history. Likewise, if you would like more information about my genealogical research services, including information about fees, and range of materials available to research, I’d love to hear from you.

Where to Find Oregon’s Federal Land Records

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Between 1851 and 1908 the U. S. government kept records of all federal land transactions in Oregon. These records can contain genealogically significant information.

The records include land transactions under various laws and acts, including: donation land, homesteads, timber and stone, timber culture, desert land, mining, and some cash sales. The records also include tract books (township, range, section, and fraction of section) with lists of owners.

There are records of homestead entries and final certificates, desert land declarations and entries, timber culture entries, abstracts of land sold, and patents delivered. In addition, some Oregon land records include abstracts of military land warrant certificates and soldier declaratory statements.

The records here do not include the land entry case files. Those records are available from the National Archives, in Washington, D. C. Record copies of donation land patents issued are kept by the Bureau of Land Management, and are not included here.

Oregon’s Federal Land Offices were located in various places over the years, including: Burns, Harney, La Grande, Lakeview, Linkville (Klamath Falls), Oregon City, Portland, Roseburg, The Dalles, Vale, and Winchester.

Some information on this page was summarized from NARA publications:

  • M145 — Abstracts of Oregon Donation Land Claims, 1852–1903
  • M815 — Oregon and Washington Donation Land Files, 1851–1903
  • M1621 — Federal Land Records for Oregon, 1854–1908

Copies of these records are kept at the National Archives and Records Administration’s Pacific Alaska Region facility in Seattle, Washington, where I am a professional genealogy researcher. Contact me to start a discussion about the possibilities of researching your family’s history. Likewise, if you would like more information about my genealogical research services, including information about fees, and range of materials available to research, I’d love to hear from you.

Where to Find Washington State’s Federal Land Records

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Between 1855 and 1910 the U. S. government kept records of all federal land transactions in Washington Territory and State. These records can contain genealogically significant information.

The records include land transactions under various laws and acts, including: donation land, homesteads, timber and stone, timber culture, desert land, mining, and some cash sales. The records also include tract books (township, range, section, and fraction of section) with lists of owners.

There are records of homestead entries and final certificates, desert land declarations and entries, timber culture entries, abstracts of land sold, and patents delivered. In addition, some Oregon land records include abstracts of military land warrant certificates and soldier declaratory statements.

Washington Territory and State Federal Land Offices were located in various places over the years, including: Colfax, North Yakima, Olympia, Seattle, Spokane Falls, Vancouver, Walla Walla, Waterville, and Yakima.

The records here do not include the land entry case files. Those records are available from the National Archives and Records Administration, in Washington, D. C. Record copies of donation land patents issued are kept by the Bureau of Land Management, and are not included here.

Some information on this page was summarized from NARA publications

  • M203 — Abstracts of Washington Donation Land Claims, 1855–1902
  • M815 — Oregon and Washington Donation Land Files, 1851–1903
  • M1622 — Federal Land Records for Washington, 1860–1910

Copies of these records are kept at the National Archives and Records Administration’s Pacific Alaska Region facility in Seattle, Washington, where I am a professional genealogy researcher. Contact me to start a discussion about the possibilities of researching your family’s history. Likewise, if you would like more information about my genealogical research services, including information about fees, and range of materials available to research, I’d love to hear from you.

Research Look-up Listings

Over the past weekend and week I restructured my professional research strategy on GenLighten.com. The new listings are

  • Idaho Federal Land Records – 1860 to 1934
  • Oregon Federal Land Records – 1851 to 1908
  • Washington State Federal Land Records – 1855 to 1910
  • Oregon Naturalization Records – 1859 to 1956
  • Washington State Naturalization Records – 1850 to 1974
  • Seattle, Washington Obituary Look-ups – 1888 to 2011

Most of these records are National Archives and Records Administration microfilm holdings at the Pacific Alaska Region facility in Seattle. Depending on site availability, I can use different archives for the obituary lookups.

Feel free to post questions about the listings and specific items on that site.

Other obituary and newspaper item look-ups are also possible, using a custom look-up request mechanism on the GenLighten site.