MAPS IN FAMILY HISTORY

©2018 by Donald R. Snow

This page was last updated 2018-03-18.
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    WELCOME AND INTRODUCTION TO CLASS

  1. Instructor is Donald R. Snow ( snowd@math.byu.edu ) of Provo and St. George, Utah.
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  4. The problem for today: Finding and using online maps for family history.
  5. OVERVIEW OF MAPS IN GENEALOGY

  6. Maps give a visual representation of information in compact form -- e.g. locations, distances, relationships of places, geographical features
  7. Kinds of maps -- teaching maps, road, topological (contours or level lines at given heights show hills and valleys - contours close together = steep, contours further apart = flatter), land and property, railroad, fire insurance, migration, historical, county maps (boundaries and changes), cemetery, surname distribution, relief maps (3D models in plastic, etc.), aerial, and "bird's eye view" (aerial at a slant to see the geographic features more easily)
  8. GPS tools - very helpful in family history -- even cameras have GPSs now so you can tell exactly where a photo was taken
  9. GAZETTEERS AND WEBSITES

  10. A gazetteer is a book or website describing locations in words, including their history and geography
  11. United States gazetteers -- https://www.familysearch.org/wiki/en/United_States_Gazetteers
  12. Samuel Lewis' Topographical Dictionary (Gazetteer) of England of 1848 (4 vols) -- http://www.british-history.ac.uk/topographical-dict/england 
  13. Very helpful online world gazetteer is the Getty Museum Thesaurus -- http://www.getty.edu/research/tools/vocabulary/tgn/ -- for an example type in Ragtown, United States
  14. MAJOR WORLDWIDE MAP COLLECTIONS

  15. David Rumsey Map Collection -- http://www.davidrumsey.com -- large collection of historical maps, constantly added to
  16. Perry-Castaneda Map Collection at U of Texas -- http://www.lib.utexas.edu/maps/ and http://www.lib.utexas.edu/maps/map_sites/hist_sites.html
  17. New York Public Library Digital Collection -- http://digitalgallery.nypl.org/nypldigital/dgkeysearchresult.cfm?keyword=maps -- and for more info see -- http://ancestryinsider.blogspot.com/2008/08/maps-online-from-new-york-public.html
  18. Links to map collections, mostly at colleges and universities -- http://www.libraryspot.com/maps/
  19. UNITED STATES MAPS

  20. See lists by state in  http://linkpendium.com -- for general maps see Maps and Gazetteers in Statewide Resources for the state
  21. US Geological Survey (USGS) -- https://www.usgs.gov/products/maps/overview
  22. US National Map by USGS -- https://nationalmap.gov/ -- a major website with many helps and links, includes topos, historic, and aerial views
  23. National Atlas -- https://www.loc.gov/item/79654043/ -- many printable maps
  24. Library of Congress Map Collection -- http://memory.loc.gov/ammem/gmdhtml/ 
  25. US historical
    1. Growth of the US - 10-minute online video -- http://www.animatedatlas.com/movie2.html
    2. US county boundary changes over time - interactive -- http://www.familyhistory101.com/maps.html -- based on old Animap program
    3. US state and county boundary changes over time - interactive -- http://publications.newberry.org/ahcbp/ -- can download the maps with instructions on overlaying them on Google Earth
    4. Early US Maps -- http://www.maphistory.info/imageus.html
    5. Historical Map and Chart Collection -- http://historicalcharts.noaa.gov/historicals/search -- Office of Coast Survey (NOAA)
    6. Historic Land Ownership and Reference Atlases ($$$, but free at FHCs) -- https://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?htx=List&dbid=1205 
    7. Marshall Historic Maps Collection -- http://historical.mytopo.com/ -- Historic USGS topo maps
    8. Historic and bird's eye view maps, primarily New England ($$$, some free) -- http://www.old-maps.com/
  26. Sanborn Fire Insurance maps
    1. Search Linkpendium (see above) for Sanborn maps
    2. Finding free Sanborn Maps online -- http://www.genealogycenter.org/Community/Blog/acpl-genealogy-blog/2017/12/27/finding-free-sanborn-fire-insurance-maps-online---january-10-2018
    3. Union List of Sanborn Maps, UC Berkeley -- http://www.lib.berkeley.edu/EART/sanborn_union_list  
    4. Sanborn Fire Insurance maps in Library of Congress -- http://www.loc.gov/rr/geogmap/sanborn/ 
    5. Sanborn Fire Insurance maps ($$$) -- http://sanborn.umi.com/

    MISCELLANEOUS ON MAPS

  27. Steve Morse's One-Step Road And Aerial Views by address of lat/long -- https://stevemorse.org/jcal/map.html 
  28. Map Your Ancestors - FamilySearch -- https://www.familysearch.org/blog/en/whats-map-ancestors/ 
  29. Visualize Your Ancestors With RootsMapper -- https://www.familysearch.org/blog/en/visualize-family-heritage-rootsmapper/ 
  30. England and Wales 1851 Jurisdictions maps -- http://maps.familysearch.org/ -- shows parishes, locations, information, probate courts, links; interactive and can be used like a gazetteer
  31. FamilySearch Research Wiki for maps of a country -- https://www.familysearch.org/ > Search > Research Wiki > Country > Maps   
  32. Old Maps Online -- http://www.oldmapsonline.org/  
  33. Surname distribution maps
    1. FamilySearch -- https://www.familysearch.org/blog/en/map-surname/  and  https://www.familysearch.org/wiki/en/Surname_Distribution_Maps 
    2. http://www.pricegen.com/localize-your-surname-with-distribution-maps/ 
    3. GenealogyBlog -- http://www.genealogyblog.com/?p=5566 
  34. LDS Church:  Bible Maps -- https://www.lds.org/scriptures/bible-maps?lang=eng , Church History Maps -- https://www.lds.org/scriptures/history-maps?lang=eng
  35. Map that Don made around the London England Hyde Park Chapel - Click Here  
  36. 30-minute video on using maps in Family History -- http://broadcast.lds.org/elearning/FHD/Community/Mid_Continent_Library/Finding_Your_Way__Locating_and_Using_Maps_in_Your_/Player.html 
  37. 8-minute video on using maps - Ancestry -- The Sayre's -- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EQ3Z0pGNjgQ&feature=youtu.be 
  38. Helps with maps -- https://www.thoughtco.com/maps-4133027 
  39. CONCLUSIONS

  40. There is a wealth of maps and information online and more being added all the time.  Hopefully, these notes give you a place to start to find what you need.
  41. Make your own maps of migration, your ancestors' locations, and many other ideas, by using Google's "My Maps" and Google Earth.

  42. Go to the Utah Valley Technology and Genealogy Group Home Page or Don's Class Listings Page .