|Federal Land Records|
The homestead final affidavits are available as well as all other land in the "western" states that was purchased directly from the federal government. The homestead process consists of multiple stages, each of which can have documentation and a date associated with it. These stages include the declaration of intention, homestead proof, and a final affidavit. There will also likely be other documents in the form of affidavits, receipts, public notices, and so on, each of which may also have dates of their own.
The Federal Land Records online database uses the final affidavit date indicating the end of the application process. This will likely be some years, possibly even more than a decade, after the declaration of intention is dated. However, when searching physical land records (such as tract books and published indexes of these records, like the Oklahoma Homestead Records), entries are more commonly ordered by the date of the declaration of intent that initiated the homestead process. We will be working with FamilySearch on a future project to index the homestead records other than the final affidavits and make them available online.
To access the Federal Land Records website click HERE.
Instructions for using the Bureau of Land Management General Land Office Records