Preview Mode Links will not work in preview mode

The Research Like a Pro Genealogy Podcast

Mar 9, 2020

Today's episode of Research Like a Pro is about how to find and use gazetteers in your genealogy research. Diana and Nicole discuss how to locate them using the FamilySearch Wiki, Google, and library catalogs, and what kind of helpful information they contain. They share several examples of helpful gazetteers, including Meyers Gazetteer for Germany, the U.S. Geographic Name Information System, Names in South Carolina, and more.


Gazetteers - article at the FamilySearch Wiki

FamilySearch Catalog list of Gazetteers

The Fuzzy Gazetteer - allows you to find place names without knowing how to spell them

GNIS - Geographic Names Information System by the U.S. Board on Geographic Names  

Darby's Universal gazetteer - published in 1827, digitized at Hathitrust

Meyer's Gazetteer for German research - an online searchable version of the well-known Meyer's Gazetteer complete with historical maps. Read more here: How to Use

"A la Karte: Borders, Maps and Gazetteers for German Genealogists," Webinar by James M. Beidler, Nov 2019, at

Jewish Gen Gazetteer - includes the names of one million localities in 54 countries in Europe, North Africa, the Middle East, and Central Asia

Lippincott's Gazetteer of the World - digitized at Google Books, Published 1902 in Philadelphia by the J.B. Lippincott Company

Elizabeth Shown Mills - Context: A Powerful Tool for Problem-Solving - NGS 2019 lecture, available for purchase

Names in South Carolina - volumes 1-12 digitized and searchable at the University of South Carolina, University Libraries

Research Like a Pro eCourse

Study Group - more information and email list

Research Like a Pro: A Genealogist's Guide by Diana Elder with Nicole Dyer on

Thank you

Thanks for listening! We hope that you will share your thoughts about our podcast and help us out by doing the following:

Share an honest review on iTunes or Stitcher. You can easily write a review with Stitcher, without creating an account. Just scroll to the bottom of the page and click "write a review." You simply provide a nickname and an email address that will not be published. We value your feedback and your ratings really help this podcast reach others. If you leave a review, we will read it on the podcast and answer any questions that you bring up in your review. Thank you!

Leave a comment in the comment or question in the comment section below.

Share the episode on Twitter, Facebook, or Pinterest.

Subscribe on iTunes, Stitcher, Google Play, or your favorite podcast app.

Sign up for our newsletter to receive notifications of new episodes.

Check out this list of genealogy podcasts from Feedspot: Top 20 Genealogy Podcasts