|If your surname is listed at the bottom of this page (or you arrived
here through the search engine), click on the link that matches the first
letter of the surname & you'll go to the LAND PATENT (HOMESTEAD) records
in Shawano County online index.
The Wisconsin Land Patents Database (1820-1908 ) contains the following
information for each land transaction: date, location (township, range,
section), name of person the land was patented to, county, date, and the
patent document identification number. Using this index, you can
easily locate the original files at the Bureau
of Land Management. The index provides you with the full name
Or, if you would like to go directly to the Bureau
of Land Management
web site and view a copy of the original document.
(click on document for full-size
The document can be saved to disk, printed out, or merely viewed. Certified
copies of the document can be ordered on their web site as well.
The National Archives will also send you a copy of the patent file for
at the following address:
Reference Branch (Lands)
Washington, DC 20408
You need to submit your request on a copy of Form 84. To get the form,
an e-mail message to
In the body of the message, be sure to ask for Form 84 "Order for Copies
Land Entry Files", tell them how many copies you want (get at least
2, in case
you make a mistake) and give your name and snail address so they can
send you the forms.
(Or you can send a snail mail letter to above address). Sending by e-mail
less than a week; by snail mail both ways takes about 2 weeks.