Project: Homesteaders

Categories: Westward Ho Project | Homesteaders Project | Homesteaders

The Homesteaders Project is a Sub-Project of the Westward Ho Project

Welcome to the Homesteaders Project!

Our Mission

This project is specifically for the Homesteaders who applied for free land grants under the Homestead Act of 1862.

The Homestead Act was signed by Pres. Abraham Lincoln on May 20, 1862 and would remain in effect for more than 100 years. Its purpose was to offer public land grants to small farmers in order to settle the western United States.


How to Join

The Homesteaders project is a sub-project of ??

For a full list of participants, see the badge report

If you're interested in participating in this project, please do the following
  1. Answer our G2G joining post with your interests and to receive a badge.
  2. Add the homesteaders tag to your G2G tag feed.
  3. Check out the list below for ways you can help.


Any improvements you can make to the profiles of people who homesteaded the West are welcome, but here are some specific goals we're working towards:

  1. Add profiles for your Homesteaders, checking for existing profiles to avoid duplication. If any duplicate profiles exist, request merges, starting with the oldest generation.
  2. If loaded by GEDCOM, use WikiTree Styles and Standards to clean up residue and broken links.
  3. Search out original rather than derivative documentation and add sources.
  4. Write comprehensive, well-sourced biographies.
  5. Add the Homesteaders template to the profiles along with any relevant categories.
  6. Contact Alison to request PPP status for those profiles that meet the criteria for project protection. This will protect them from an incorrect merge.
  7. Make sure profiles of family members are correct and documented.
  8. Do you have a Homesteaders profile you are especially proud of? Let Alison know and we will feature it on this page.

Project Box

Add this template to the top of the biography for your Homesteaders profiles where Westward Ho is a co-profile manager.

{{Westward Ho|sub-project=Homesteaders}}

Project Sticker

The project sticker is used to identify a person as a homesteader when their profile does not have (or need) the project as a profile manager (this will apply to 95% of all profiles).

... ... ... was a homesteader in the United States. Join the Homesteaders Project.

To add the basic sticker to a profile, place the following string in the text area of the profile somewhere under the ==Biography== heading:


If you know where the person homesteaded, include the place name in the sticker code, like this:

{{Homesteaders|Frontier County, Nebraska}}

That will create a sticker like the one below, and it will add the profile to the Homesteaders category for the place where the person homesteaded.

... ... ... was a homesteader in Frontier County, Nebraska. Join the Homesteaders Project.

Project Page

  • See the Homesteaders Space page for information about the Homestead Act of 1862 and how you can order your ancestor's case file which includes a 44 Question application.


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