Friday, June 24, 2016

Website: David Rumsey Map Collection


When it comes to researching one's ancestors, old maps of the area become very important in trying to locate where they were living and where those records may be located today. The David Rumsey collection started over 30 years ago and has more than 150,000 maps. 

From their site they state, "The collection focuses on rare 16th through 21st century maps of North and South America, as well as maps of the World, Asia, Africa, Europe, and Oceania." To learn more about their collection click here.

Most people know of at least one location that has changed its name and its boundaries. Over time as various countries grew they would create a new counties and move towns and cities into those new counties causing boundary changes as new lands were acquired over time.

When a boundary changes it has the ripple effect of where vital events are recorded for those new areas and what happens to the older records that were recorded for those areas before the changes?

This author has seen these records handled a variety of ways while researching various individuals. Some places take over the books and so the records stay with the new county or town or city and other times the records are moved to another location completely, either way, a researcher will have to ask and locate whatever records needed for their client. 

Their "Georeferencer" tool allows and individual to overlay historic maps on modern maps or other historical maps, a great feature to help you understand boundary changes as well as other changes over time. Their short video will show you how this works.

To locate a map, you launch their "Luna Browser" and use the search box in the upper left hand corner to type in the place you are researching. The response from this site will be what they have on that location. Once you locate the one you wish to view, simply click the map and it will open up into its own browser where you can enlarge it and move it around as necessary. For example here is a map from 25 March 1776:



This is one of the best map sites for locating old maps and being able to manipulate them for viewing purposes. By creating an account on this site it saves your searches for future reference, there is no charge for registering.

Take advantage of this wonderful resource when needing maps for your research.

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Friday, June 10, 2016

Google News Archive


When researching one's ancestors newspapers can add a lot of information to your family tree and yet access can sometimes be a problem. The one problem that seems to stop most individuals is access to those valuable newspapers.

Over the years various groups are working hard at putting these valuable resources online but also many have been microfilmed along the way by libraries across the world in order to preserve these valuable records.

Enter Google News Archive, this began back in 2006 and was "originally PaperofRecord.com created by Robert J. Huggins along with his team at Cold North Wind, Inc." according to the Wikipedia article about Google News Archive. (1)

While there are many newspapers across the world, this is one place worth investigating to see if there are any archived newspapers from where your ancestors lived.

A few samples of coverage are:

The Rochester Sentinel:1858-2005
The Patterson Press: 1863-1915
The Montreal Gazette: 1878-2006
The Newfoundland Express: 1851-1855
The Spokane Review: 1891-1994
Calhoun Times: 1924-1922

The list available is immense and one needs to review it for themselves.

There are other newspaper sites available also so don't limit yourself to this one, check with a public library or a university and one may be surprised to find just the collection they are looking for.

(1) Google News Archive. (2016, May 29). In Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Retrieved 22:17, June 10, 2016, from https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Google_News_Archive&oldid=722572131

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