Casefile Clues

22 November 2008

Cancelled Homestead Claim from the National Archives

A recent post indicated I had located a "cancelled" homestead claim for my ancestor, John H.Ufkes in Franklin County, Nebraska.

Armed with the information from the cancelled claim (basically John's name and the legal description of the property), I made a request for the file from the National Archives. This request was completed online.

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I received the cancelled homestead application file today. There was not too much in the record as John apparently was on the claim barely a year before he left. A neighbor sued him for his claim. We'll post more details on this as I have time to read through the information and scan the files. Family tradition was that John was in Nebraska for a short time. This file indicates he wasn't there very long.