Entry Definitions for Land Surveyors

entry—Under the provision of the land laws of the United States, the term “entry” denotes the filing at the land office, or inscription upon its records, of the documents required to found a claim for a homestead or pre-emption right, and as preliminary to the issuing of a patent for land. The word “entry,” as used in the public land laws, covers all methods by which a right to acquire title to public lands may be initiated.

entry, additional homestead—A homestead entry which is made by an individual for public lands additional to those he or she had already acquired under the homestead laws; the total area covered by his or her original homestead and additional homestead entries not exceeding the maximum area allowed for the class of homestead entry involved.

entry, desert land—An entry of irrigable arid agricultural public lands under the act of March 3, 1877, as amended, which the entryman reclaims, irrigates, and cultivates in part and for which he pays a specified amount.

entry, final—An entry for which a final certificate has been issued.

entry, homestead—An entry initiated under the homestead laws, which provides for the issuance of patents to entry men who settle upon and improve agricultural public lands.

entry, reclamation homestead—A homestead entry, not exceeding 160 acres, initiated under the act of June 17, 1902, which provides for the homesteading of public lands within reclamation projects.

entry, right of survey—The right to enter property temporarily to make surveys and investigations for proposed improvements.

Source: NSPS “Definitions of Surveying and Related Terms“, used with permission.

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