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 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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Follow-up Friday: Louis Schneider — 8 Comments

  1. I was just over at the BLM GLO site a couple of days ago – I found copies of the patents for several folks, some of whom I thought didn’t have them. They also have a ‘map’, some areas are better than others. I did find map for ggg uncle in SE Montana and both of his were workable maps. From there I pulled up some sectionals, not real good and then did Google Earth. What exactly are you looking for digitally? (Please don’t tell me I need more and must go to NARA)

    • Unfortunately, Judy, the only thing on the BLM-GLO website (usually) is an image of the plat map and (sometimes) an image of the patent. However, with the patent number, you can request the land record file from NARA. It’s expensive ($50, I think … it may have changed), but TOTALLY worth it. The file I received for my 2nd great grandfather was about 30 pages and included his Declaration of Intent, affidavits from neighbors, etc. As a matter of fact, I did a whole blog series on it here: http://aremyrootsshowing.jenny-ology.com/category/land-records-series/

      Don’t forget to check the tract books too! Land records are fun!

      • Guess I better start filling that change jar – did not remember the declaration of intent – that in itself would be most helpful. Now to figure out who is at the head of the line. Somehow I can’t just do direct line on any of my branches, families are just too interesting. Thanks for the reminder.

  2. Washington County, Iowa Genweb site http://iagenweb.org/washington/ Here’s the History of Washington County Iowa https://archive.org/details/historyofwashing01burr

    Sometimes you find a real gem and sometimes……not. But it’s worth a look. I don’t recall anything of emigration importance happening in Iowa in 1882. What happened in Dakota to make them go there? Not so much choose to leave Iowa but choose to go to Dakota? Washington County is pretty far from me so it’s possible something happened there that I don’t know about.

    Where did you find the a birth index for Dakota Territory? familysearch?

    • Thanks for those links, Toni! I’m also thinking it must have been the pull of land ownership that caused them to end up in Dakota. Maybe all the good land had been spoken for in Iowa already? Maybe it was cheaper in Dakota Territory?

      South Dakota Department of Health has a search page for birth records (http://apps.sd.gov/PH14Over100BirthRec/index.aspx) but only for births older than 100 years. Vital Records registration began in 1905, but people could file their records if they were born before that time — but not all of them did. Church records might still be the best bet for BMD records before 1905.

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