A few years back I just located his census details and attached to my tree, not really digesting the information found inside. I was more concerned with making sure I had the right "Peter Dougherty" and his family.
When I was at the NYS Family History Conference, I mentioned to my friend Jen that I wanted to see if I could find out more information on the land but didn't know where to search. Maps are a bit overwhelming for me. Jen suggested that I check on the Bureau of Land Management web site. Jen pulled up her computer and we checked to see if we could find him. We went to "Search Documents", filtered for Kansas, and then searched his name "Peter Dougherty". The following result popped up.
|Figure 1: Bureau of Land Management search result (http://www.glorecords.blm.gov) accessed 9/27/2016
That result looked intriguing. Jen clicked on the accession link to see what information could be accessed.
|Figure 2: Bureau of Land Management accession record KS2710_.402 (http://www.glorecords.blm.gov/details/patent/default.aspx?accession=KS2710__.402&docClass=STA&sid=vsdge50o.ppx) accessed 9/27/2016
It gets better.
Jen clicks on the Patent Image.
I have a physical description of where the land is located.
|Figure 3: Except from Peter Dougherty homestead certificate 5467. Bureau of Land Management (http://www.glorecords.blm.gov/details/patent/default.aspx?accession=KS2710__.402&docClass=STA&sid=vsdge50o.ppx#patentDetailsTabIndex=1) accessed 9/27/2016
|Figure 4: Record from United States Bureau of Land Management Tract Books, 1800-c. 1955; pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1961-32486-8553-33 accessed on FamilySearch on 9/27/2016
Before I put on my "To Do" list to request a copy of the application and deed paperwork for Dickinson County, I wanted to see if this information matched up with the Schedule 2 census I already pulled for Peter Dougherty.