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From: Barbara Leak <>
Subject: Re: Homestead v Residence
Date: Sun, 24 Jun 2001 19:25:19 -0700
How true. In the most generic and non-legal sense of the word, a homestead
is merely an ancestral home or land that a family lives on. Most states have
homestead exemptions laws that allow a person to exempt his home from
execution by creditors (e.g. bankruptcy). And then there is the Homestead
Act which was a federal land grant law.
Someone once told me that her ancestors homesteaded in Pennsylvania (a
state-land state). She had a document that said so. She could not understand
why I was so sure that there were no federal land records for it. (Federal
Homesteads were only in public-land states). I've since wondered if
Pennsylvania had state land grants that were also referred to as homesteads.
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From: Tim I. Purdy <>
Sent: Sunday, June 24, 2001 2:07 PM
Subject: Homestead v Residence
> Just for clarification sakes. Many folks equate a homestead to that of a
land patent. People today still file for a homestead for their actual home.
It is a device to protect your home from litigation etc and the actual
process is a homestead. Whereas with a land patent, people filed on the
land to prove title from the government, yet those folks were actually
referred to as "homesteaders"