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During the late-nineteenth and early-twentieth century a small number of African Americans came to Nebraska as homesteaders, seeking new opportunities for independence and self-sufficiency working the land. The largest black homesteading settlement…

Ms. Eickhoff shared the story of her great-grandfather with UNL History Harvest graduate student assistant Rob Voss. You can find this and other stories on the History Harvest YouTube Channel.

Mr. Eickhoff shareed the story of his ancestors with UNL History Harvest graduate student assistant Rob Voss. You can find this and other stories on the History Harvest YouTube Channel.

Ms. Eickhoff shared the homestead, timber claim, and citizenship papers of her great-grandfather with UNL History Harvest graduate student assistant Rob Voss. You can find this and other stories on the History Harvest YouTube Channel.

This is Patrick Kennedy's admission for citizenship, made in Nebraska in 1884. At the time, a person had to continuously reside in the United States for five years before applying for citizenship and live within the state of application for at least…

This is Patrick Kennedy's homestead certificate given in accordance with the 1862 Homestead Act, securing his right to the 160 acres of land in Cedar County, Nebraska. Seeking to create more yeoman farmers, believed to be the backbone of antebellum…

This is a Timber Claim granting Patrick Kennedy, Sue Eickhoff's great-grandfather, rights over 160 acres of land in accordance with the Timber Culture Acts of 1873, 1874, and 1878. First passed in 1873, the Timber Culture Act provided up to 160 acres…

Terri and Dave Mabon share the story and photographs of their great-grandfather's second wife Charlotte and her family (pictures of Charlotte's family and the Littlefield's family reunion; letters exchanged between Charlotte and her sister) with the…

This is a letter to Charlotte Littlefield from her sister Anna and her husband Theodore. Anna probably wrote this letter in the late 1930s or early 1940s, since this is the time the interest in family historyrekindles. Charlotte (Lotta) Littlefield…

This is a letter to Charlotte Littlefield from her sister Anna and her husband Theodore. Anna probably wrote this letter in the late 1930s or early 1940s, since this is the time the interest in family history rekindles. Charlotte (Lotta) Littlefield…
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