Using Maps and Gazetteers in Genealogical Research
Presenter: Ted Gostin
When: Wednesday June 19, 2019 at 7:00pm
Where: Yorba Linda Community Center
All genealogists want to determine where their families originated and then find those locations on maps, but often they look in the wrong places or on the wrong type of maps. This presentation discusses three ways of finding your ancestral homes: 1) finding the location in gazetteers or similar sources; 2) finding the location on maps of the appropriate scale using the gazetteer information; and 3) searching for a town on maps of appropriate scale if it can’t be found in gazetteers. Map scales and levels of detail are discussed, along with historical border changes and the history of map-making itself. Sources for useful maps and gazetteers are summarized
Mr. Gostin has been conducting genealogical research since 1980, and has worked as a full-time professional genealogist since 1994. He has twice been President of the Jewish Genealogical Society of Los Angeles, and has taught genealogy at several adult school and university extension programs. He has helped plan and organize three national genealogical seminars, and was a featured speaker at several conferences. He lectures widely on Jewish genealogy. Southern California resources plus naturalization and immigration records. Mr. Gostin is the author of Southern California Vital Statistics: Volume 1, Los Angeles County 1850-1859, and the owner of Generations Press publishing company. He was featured on the Larry Lamb episode of the original UK version of the popular genealogy television show Who Do You Think You Are? He is very active in the international Jewish genealogical community, and maintains contact with genealogists throughout the world.