Place Names Research at FamilySearch

By |22 Oct 2017|Maps|2 Comments

Place Names Research at FamilySearch makes geographic research easier.

What began as a tool called Standard Finder from the FamilySearch Labs back in 2010 has evolved. Now available at, this resource has a simple search interface that delivers lots of information.

Search results pinpoint locations on Google Maps and provide links to other geo-referencing sites such as What Was There, HistoryPin, and TheClio, as well as a link to Wikipedia (don’t laugh – it’s great for geographic research). And the all important Alternate Names section is also there.

Best of all, the advanced search function includes searching by a range of dates, an invaluable new addition.

The example below is shows results for Freienwalde, Pomerania, the name and province at the time my great-grandmother’s family lived there, but now known Chociwel, Poland. And Freienwalde in Pomerania is different from Bad Freienwalde in Brandenburg, as I learned early in my research.

Even if you’ve already searched your place names on FamilySearch, come back and try again for some great new information.

Place Names Research at FamilySearch

About the Author:

Nancy Loe has an MA in American History and an MLS in Library Science and Archives. She has appeared on PBS’s American Experience, at Rootstech, SCGS Jamboree, and state and regional genealogy conferences. Her website was featured in Family Tree Magazine's “Social Media Mavericks: 40 to Follow.”


  1. Evie Rice 23 October 2017 at 6:59 AM - Reply

    Is there a link on their website for this, or do you need to remember the address you’ve posted? I haven’t found it, if there is. Thanks!

    • Nancy Loe 23 October 2017 at 10:23 AM - Reply

      Evie, I don’t see a link from their main page. Using the catalog to search places doesn’t work either. So a bookmark of that URL looks like the way to go.

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