We can do research together, right here!

I would like to take you with me on a treasure hunt ~

The treasure is to discover the ancestry of the Wooden Silo!, … Wait!, it’s really not as boring as you could be thinking.


What you will get out of it, is a sample process of doing research for your own family. Of course I will be looking for a building heritage, but you can use the same type of process in finding your own family’s heritage.

Let’s start by making a guide for this treasure hunt:

  1. What is the main purpose of the treasure hunt
    • to find the date the Wooden Silo was built
  2. Why do I want to find this out?
    • to discover the age of the Wooden Silo
    • to find out what was going on in the world when it was built
    • to see where in the history of farming it fits in
    • to see where in the history of Idaho it fits in
  3. What will I do with the information
    • I would like to frame a display of a little Pedigree type chart of its history
    • It will add to the charm of the Wooden Silo to know more about it
    • I will have a blog that helps you, my readers, learn one type of process in discovering your own family history

pirate-training-treasure-map-1-638Now we get to build the treasure map!

Where do we start? The easy answer is to start at the beginning, but the beginning of what? Let’s start at the beginning of today – or in this case, what do we already know? That is always the best place to start.

  1. What do we already know?
    1. We know the original location of the Wooden Silo.
      1. Who owns that location and who owned it before them, aha!, that is the place to really start the quest.

Let’s start by getting the address of the property or perhaps the Parcel number for it, then taking that information and go to the county records of propery owners.


We will start with the current owner, see who they purchased it from, then go to that owner and see who they purchased it from and keep working backwards. (I used this method on the 114 year old house in Oregon and it worked wonders to find the original owners in 1912. We also discovered that it averaged out that the house was sold every 10 years). It took me 2-3 hours at a time and about 4 different days, but I didn’t know what I was doing and it took a little learning, you, however, have my experience to help.

  • I would call first to see who would have the records
    • In this case the county recorder doesPropertyRecords
  • the records most likely are on micro film
    • World-Micro-Graphics-Microfiche-Reader-Industhat worked on the 114 year old house, but here, I have to fill out a form and in the description, I am going back to 1890 when most wooden silo’s were beginning to be made.



CountyRecorder (I was told that an employee would do the research for me and that they would contact me with the information – this was a little unsettling for me, and you will see why, *below).

  • how do I want to receive the records?
    • the choices were
      1. phone call
      2. email
      3. postal mailed
    • copies are $1 each
    • I was also given the choice, that I would be called or emailed and would be given dates and names, from there I can decided who might have built it.
      • how would I find out?
        • I am thinking it will depend on who owned it the longest.
          • If it was only owned for a couple of months, it was probably being passed from one family member to another.
          • If it was owned for a few years, I am thinking that would most likely be the time period the silo was built
          • If it was only owned for a year, I am not sure

One thing that you can also do is see what is written on the paperwork. Does it have occupation on the paperwork? Does it have more information about the people themselves? Was the propertty passed onto the wife or children?

*Why was it unsettling for me? — There were paragraphs of information on the micro film records I read on the 114 year old house. I am not sure how I will be able to gather that valuable information when someone else is doing the research. We will have to see what this journey is going to reveal…



Published by humblegenealogist @ humblegenealogy.com we do the digging so you can enjoy the tree

Starting in 1970, the experience and journey has created well-seasoned researching techniques. Current and active participation in continuing education, staying up to date with technology, and including weekly contact with other professional genealogists: including family historians, genealogy clubs and historical societies, keeps the knowledge and ongoing learning in an ever changing world up to date.

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