To Do List image for blogLast Wednesday, I posted a summary of what I know and what I don’t know about my 2nd great grandmother, Eliza Bourke. Using that “brainstorming” list, I created a list of potential places to find the records that I need.

Lot 17, Block 24, Armour, Douglas, SD:  I have been unable to find any online sources for these land records, so I have sent a message to the Register of Deeds for Douglas County, inquiring how to find out about this particular lot (and also asking for copies of the deeds selling and acquiring the property … 2 birds and all that).

Birth records, Charles Mix, SD:  I’m pretty confident at this point that only one of the children was born in Nebraska.  There simply wasn’t time for another child to be born before they were in South Dakota.  I will have to contact the county to see if the records exist, as birth registration wasn’t mandatory in South Dakota until 1905.

1860 U.S. Census:  This is where things get sketchy.  I don’t know where Eliza was born, so I can’t be sure where to begin looking for the family.  It may boil down to a pseudo-one-name study, which may take some time.

Natrona County, WY land records:  I wonder if this is the land my cousin mentioned was still in the family.  The original purchase was for 622 acres.  I did an online property search and found two parcels of 160 acres each; one owned by my grandparents, and one that was owned by my grandfather and his sister.  There is another parcel of 160 acres owned by a Thomas Lanctot.  I can’t believe that it’s coincidence that the parcel numbers are only one number off and owned by another Lanctot.  That just doesn’t happen.  Time to call Gramma.

Saunders County, NE marriage records:  Theoretically, if they were married in Nebraska in 1861, at least the index record should be online at FamilySearch because the records start in 1855.  Unfortunately, there is only one marriage result when I search for “Bourke” (or near spellings) in Saunders County.  I will have to order the microfilm to make sure there were no indexing errors, etc.  Now … as I was filtering my results, I noticed that there were a couple of marriages in the Nebraska records that actually occurred in Marshall County, Kansas.  Turns out that Marshall County is juuuuust over the state line between Nebraska and Kansas.  I’ll probably check there, to cover all my bases.

This should get me started.  As you can imagine, these last few posts have created a bit of an overwhelming sensation in my little corner of the world, so I will try doing these every other week to see if that relieves some of the pressure.

As always, I welcome any additional ideas you may have!

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