Posts about primary sources, including maps, place name research, geographical resources, and surname mapping for genealogy research.

26 Jun 2017

Place Research Tool for Genealogy Research

By |26 Jun 2017|Databases, Maps, Research Tips|2 Comments

Place Research Tool for genealogy research is the new way to search the huge database of geographical information at FamilySearch. Place Research Tool helps you find standardized information for place names with links to GPS-generated maps, variant spellings, and changes to place names over time. In addition to helping genealogists search for [...]

30 May 2017

Using Sanborn Maps for Genealogy

By |30 May 2017|Maps|Comments Off on Using Sanborn Maps for Genealogy

Are you using Sanborn Maps for genealogy research? Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps are a great resource for your research on North American geographic places, including tracing family businesses. The Sanborn Map Company created and published of maps of U.S. cities and towns, and some in Canada and Mexico, over many [...]

2 Mar 2017

Atlas of Historical County Boundaries at

By |2 Mar 2017|Databases, Genealogy, Maps|2 Comments

From the Newberry Library, a wonderful research tool for genealogists researching U.S. locations: the Atlas of Historical County Boundaries at project of the William M. Scholl Center for American History and Culture at The Newberry Library in Chicago, the Atlas of Historical County Boundaries is a [...]

4 Nov 2016

U.S. Immigration Interactive Map 1880-2000

By |4 Nov 2016|Genealogy, Immigration Records, Maps|Comments Off on U.S. Immigration Interactive Map 1880-2000

A fascinating U.S. Immigration Interactive Map 1880-2000, is available online at The New York Times. Both a research tool and a way to understand more about your immigrant ancestors, the map is highly customizable. As you can see in the image above, you can select from various countries to see how each [...]