Aug 6, 2018
Today we're talking about preparing to research by learning more
about the where your ancestor lived. Doing locality research is
absolutely essential! Previously, we talked about objectives in
epsidode 2, and analysis in
episode 3. Those are the first steps in a research project.
Today, Diana and I are going to dive in to the next step, locality
research, and talk in depth about all the ways you can learn more
about a location.
Before creating a research plan and digging into sources, it's
so important to prepare by learning about the location. Diana will
tell about a mystery in her timeline and how location researched
helped solve it. Have you tried making a locality guide yet?
In Research Like a Pro: A Genealogists Guide, we
assign that project after Chapter 3. This episode will go into
detail about how to find the resources you'll want to include in
your locality guide.
We are going to tell you all about the three questions to ask
when you do locality research, and sources online and offline that
can help. We'll talk about maps, boundary changes, jurisdictions,
geography, history, county histories, biographies, the FamilySearch
catalog's listing of records by location, and more. We had so much
to talk about, that we decided to split this episode into two!
Locality Research Part 2 will come out next Monday.
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– Places: FamilySearch - details about any place in the
world, including research links, jurisdictions, etc.
- Atlas of the
Historical Geography of the United States - historical,
cultural, and geographic info from 1492-1931
- Cyndi’s List
- genealogical links by location
- David Rumsey Map
Collection - thousands of historical maps for locations
- Google Maps -
street view, lakes, rivers, cemeteries, schools
- Google Earth
- view area topographically; mountains, valleys, rivers that
- Library of Congress
Maps - thousands of U.S. historical maps
Jurisdictions 1851 - counties of England with Parish and
civil jurisdictions from FamilySearch
- Vision of Britain
through Time - Contains topographic, boundary, historical
maps and more for the British Isles
Wiki - great starting point for location research;
migration routes, etc.
- Google books and
Internet Archive - sources
for digitized gazetteers
- Atlas of
Historical County Boundaries by the Newberry Library -
boundary changes in the United States
Catalog - great source for finding location specific
records; many digitized county histories
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