Washington State Federal Land Records



Between 1855 and 1910 the U. S. government kept records of all federal land transactions in Washington State. These records can contain genealogically significant information. Microfilm copies of these records are kept at the NARA Pacific Alaska Region facility in Seattle, Washington.

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.

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Washington, United States


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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.

Please review NARA’s publications M815, “Oregon and Washington Donation Land Files, 1851-1903,” and M1621, “Federal Land Records for Washington, 1860-1910” for information about these records. PDF versions are available from the NARA website. Some records in this group may not exist due to destruction or they may simply be missing. I will make all reasonable efforts to retrieve what I can from the records that are here.

These records are arranged chronologically and grouped by type of entry, as listed above. Please provide the homesteader’s name(s), the dates, and the office (or area) where they settled. Please be as specific about the area where the person settled and where they filed their papers as a wholesale state-wide records search is infeasible. I will consider a state-wide search at an hourly rate negotiated separately from this offer.

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