To Do List image for blogThis is where I’ll be posting the results of my What Next? Wednesday efforts to further my research.

Last Wednesday, I posted a summary of what I know and what I don’t know about my great grandmother, Mary Alice Schneider.  Using that “brainstorming” list, I created a list of potential places to find the records that I need.  My first stops when searching for location-specific records are almost always the FamilySearch Wiki and Cyndi’s List.  Then I head over to USGenWeb and see what I can find there.  After that, it’s pretty much a free-for-all, depending on what Google, Mocavo, and Ancestry turn up.

Tax Records (Natrona Co., WY):   Natrona County Genealogical Society might know exactly where to find tax records from that time period.

Deed Records (Natrona Co., WY):  I will ask NCGS about deed records as well, but think (according to the Wyoming State Archives website), land and deed records are housed there.  Incidentally, it appears they also have county tax records (woo hoo!).  And?  They have an email address (their preferred method of contact)!

Death Certificate (Aberdeen, SD):  South Dakota Department of Health charges per certificate … I sure hope they have it.  Instead, I may be able to obtain it as part of her probate record (if one exists) from the Brown County Clerk’s office – and get more bang for my buck.  I’ll definitely check on that.

Birth records (Bon Homme Co., SD):  I know that South Dakota only began requiring birth registrations in 1905, so the chances of finding Alice’s birth certificate at the state level are pretty slim.  The Bon Homme County website has lots of contact information, so I’ll start there.  Since I don’t know the town where the family lived when Alice was born, I won’t be able to start at the parish level, but I will see if the Diocese of Sioux Falls has any records.

Informational records (Aberdeen, SD):  I will look for any newspaper articles, particularly looking for Ernest’s obituary.  I will also see if I can get a copy of his probate record from the Brown County Clerk’s office (which will hopefully also include a death certificate).  I will also contact the Brown County Register of Deeds and Treasurer to see if they have any land or tax records that might tell me where they lived.

That’s my plan of attack for now, and I have the beginnings of a decent research plan.  I’m pretty sure that the more records I discover, the more questions I’ll have.

Let me know if you have any additional ideas than what I’ve mentioned here – if I strike out, it would be nice to have a Plan B (… or C, or D… ).


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Follow-up Friday: Mary Alice Schneider — 2 Comments

  1. The only thing I would add, and not needed because I’m sure you’re doing it, but are you using every old map you can find, and combing through them in every possible way? I like to look at every location ever named (for instance, in some old Mocavo book, etc), and once in a while that really opens a door because it helps the problem become more visual.
    Good luck!

    • You are correct, Diane … I am always looking at maps! But … it turns out (having JUST heard from a cousin) that the Wyoming land is possibly still in the family and is being rented to a rancher. I am going to talk to my grandmother about that, since she appears to be one of the owners now that my grandfather has passed away. I’ll keep you posted!

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