When entering the Event Place while indexing or reviewing BLM tract book data, should I enter the current day town name that's located near the township/range? Or, should I enter the location where the entry was patented?
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Without seeing that particular page, but with the experience of being a Land Surveyor, who has used and studied original track books, use the location on the same line as the name. Lacking that, if there is a town or county name at the top of the page, use that. The surveys will be within a "district" of said area, and they would have had a map outlining that district. It is my personal belief that this location narrows the record down to a specific area, rather than leaving the name date data without a location, making it pretty useless. Township and Range is also useless without a particular meridian reference.
Osage lands - should not be indexed as a place.
That said, the indexing instructions show the town of Duluth on the page and on most of the lines, but doesn't include indexing it on the sample. I think this should be corrected, and the place should be indexed Duluth, Minnesota.