I mentioned in my blog post in December 2007 titled 'Tis a Mystery that I had found a name change extract on a Wisconsin GenWeb web site - now on http://www.wigenweb.org/waupaca/Misc/M1.htm. The record indicated a name change from Devier J. Lamphear to Devier J. Smith on 21 March 1866 in Dodge County, Wisconsin. Here is the top of the page with the reference information:
And here is the screen showing the Devier J. Lamphier to Devier J. Smith abstract:
I wondered if the actual court records would have Devier J. Lamphier's parents names. The only way to find out is to search for and obtain the court documents filed for the case. How do I find them? I Googled quite a bit today using the title Private & Local Laws Passed by the Legislature of Wisconsin of the record from the web page. I had little luck!
footnoteMaven read my posts (see her comments here), and found a Google Book entry that leads me one more step. Here is the front page of the Google Book entry:
The Search results box on the right shows four entries for Senate Bill 191 S - on pages 497 (Assembly concurs), 528 (Committee examines and finds correctly enrolled ), 580 (Presented to President of Assembly for signature), and 680 (March 21, 1866 presented to Governor for signature). Here is page 497:
I'm getting closer, thanks to footnoteMaven's wonderful search ability (why didn't I think of that?). She even gave me a hint on what to do next:
"Try State Historical and State Law Libraries to find where actual Bill 191 S. 1866 might be found."
I'm on it...on Saturday afternoon! Will it have more details about the parentage of Devier Lamphier? I sure hope so!
We all love the thrill of the hunt and solving the problem. This really shows one of the powers of genealogy blogging - if you interest researchers in your research problem, they will help you solve it!
Thank you everybody, and especially footnoteMaven, for being so helpful.