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Genealogy Map Day with Melinda Kashuba, PhD
March 28 @ 9:00 am - 4:30 pm
Are you interested in finding more information about your ancestors? If so, plan to attend our Education Series on using maps to locate your ancestor.
Heat up Your Research with Five Insurance Maps: This lecture includes a hands-on mini-workshop demonstrating the interpretation of fire insurance maps. These maps became immensely popular between 1860 – 1940 when America was industrializing, and cities were growing. Both small towns and large cities throughout North America were mapped to assist in risk assessment and fire insurance underwriting. These maps combined with census records and city directories assist in the location of building addresses and provide details about the neighborhoods where our ancestors lived, worked, worshipped, attended school, shopped and recreated.
Combing Every Mountain for Clues: Topographic Maps: Introduced from Europe, topographic maps primarily illustrate physical features on the earth’s surface, but they are also accurate portrayals of man-made features such as churches, schools, post offices, and cemeteries. These maps also serve as repositories of past and present place-names. In the United States, topographic mapping extended from the time of governmental exploration before the Civil War to the present. This lecture will cover historical topographic map resources and collections explore several modern digital topographic maps websites.
Finding Immigrant Places of Origin Through the Use of Gazeteers & Foreign Map Collections: Unfamiliar foreign place-names found in documents can become a springboard to researching new locations. Genealogical research in a foreign country need not be daunting especially with the use of place-name dictionaries or gazetteers. This lecture will show you how to locate gazetteers and maps online and how to interpret foreign maps. Maps can detail ancestral locations, help you plan research trips, or assist you in the direction of others researching on your behalf.
Using Civil War Maps to Tell Your Ancestor’s Story: This lecture includes a hands-on mini-workshop examining Civil War era and post-Civil War era maps and resources. The Civil War was the first war to be documented in great detail. Maps for both the Confederacy and Union sides played an enormous role in planning, executing, and illustrating the war. This workshop is designed to introduce you to the diversity and beauty of Civil War mapping and its usefulness in documenting not only battles and troop movements but also the location of families, buildings, transportation networks, agricultural fields, and the natural landscape.