Family Research – English, Scottish and Irish Genealogy

8/7/2007

Genealogy: Bureau of Land Management can offer insight on whether relatives used Pre-emption Act

TERRE HAUTE — The Pre-emption Act of 1841 was approved by Congress in September of that year. This act permitted “squatters” on federal lands to be allowed to purchase that land at a low price from the federal government before it went up for public auction. The Act specifically allowed single men, widows, male or female heads of households, and aliens who intended to become naturalized, if 21 years old or older, and who lived on the land for at least 14 months, to purchase 160 acres of land for the price of only $1.25 per acre. for more click here

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