Previously I had searched the General Land Office Records on the Bureau of Land Management's web site and found information about Peter's homestead. The BLM's database showed that his 160 acres were in Trail County, North Dakota and indicated the township (145N), range (050W) and section (2). I also learned that Peter was issued the land patent on Feb 10, 1882. I felt confident using a database compiled by a US government agency on that agency's web site, but I was interested in looking at the digitized images on Family Search. After all, it is always good to get as close as possible to the original record.
The tract books on Family Search are not indexed, but I was able to find the entry for Peter's property in a short time. I began by selecting the Dakota Territory books to search then opening five or six volumes (volume numbers follow the tract number sequentially). Basically, I looked at the first written page of a volume until I located the volume with tracts located in the 145N050W area. Below is the entry for his homestead.
|Bureau of Land Management Tract Book, Dakota Territory, volume 65, page 16|
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1. (c) Michael John Neill, "Genealogy Tip of the Day," http://genealogytipoftheday.blogspot.com, 1 Feb 2013.