Fresno County Homesteads

This file contains all patents for land in Fresno County that were filed with the State of California under the Homestead Act. The land patents in question were georeferenced to their corresponding historical sections in Fresno County. It should be noted that not all the patents in question were for entire sections: patents could also be issued for half and quarter sections. The patterns of land patents filed under the Homestead Act are significant because they show patterns of actual settlement rather than speculation.

For further analyses and commentary, please read Cameron Ormsby's article "Land Speculation in Fresno County: 1860-1891" at the following address: http:[edited] Fresno County Atlas (1891) created by Thomas H. Thompson, Land Patent Database from State of California.

Credits:

The study was conducted at Stanford's Spatial History Lab (spatialhistory.stanford.edu). The research was made possible through funding provided by NSF Award 0820501, Mellon Distinguished Professor Grant (Richard White), and the Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education at Stanford. Historical research and digitization completed by Cameron Ormsby (cormsby@stanford.edu) in Summer 2010. Technical support and project management by Erik Steiner (ebs110@stanford.edu). Additional support provided by Kathy Harris, Jake Coolidge, Killeen Hanson, Evgenia Schneider, and Daniel Meyer.

Access and use limitations:

The reuse and adaptation of this data is encouraged for scholarly work. Its commercial use is strictly prohibited. Kindly inform the authors of any adaptations or modifications made to improve the quality of the data.

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