Michael John Neill in his Genealogy Tip of the Day blog, suggests mapping out your farming ancestor’s property, and then looking for nearby churches, schools, cemeteries, etc. as possible research locations.
Be sure and keep your eye on the PGS list of classes (http://www.flpgs.org/classes.aspx). We have a couple new ones on property research that will underscore Michael’s point.
Genealogy Tip of the Day: Do You Map Out Their Farms?