Last Wednesday, I posted a summary of what I know and what I don’t know about my 2nd great grandfather, Louis Schneider. Using that “brainstorming” list, I created a list of potential places to find the records that I need.
Marriage records: Will likely have to determine the nearest churches (most likely Catholic) and request lookups in the records. Neither Ancestry or FamilySearch have any church records available online or on microfilm for Bon Homme County other than Czech Presbyterian.
Farm life: Unfortunately, I could find no farm schedules remaining for Bon Homme County. There may be information about the farm if land patent exists.
Land Records: FamilySearch has land ownership maps for Bon Homme County in 1893 on microfilm (#6080079). I will definitely need to request this. I checked the BLM-GLO website to see if there were land patents available digitally, but no such luck. However, there is a land patent for a Louis Schneider from 1882, so I can request the file from NARA.
Reason for migration from Iowa: I need to find county or state histories for both Iowa (Washington) and South Dakota (Bon Homme) in order to find possible reasons.
Incidentally, as I was looking for resources that I needed to answer some of these questions, I stumbled across a birth index for Dakota Territory and discovered that there are now some questions about Louis’ wife’s maiden name as it appears on various birth records for their children. That may be a blog post all on its own.
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