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.
Registration is now open for the live streams of five sessions at the Southern California Genealogy Society’s 7th Genetic Genealogy Conference. After May 31, 2019, they can be watched at your convenience through July 31, 2019!
Whether you are attending DNA Day or not, the streamed sessions can be useful. Sometimes we need a 2nd or 3rd pass to absorb those DNA concepts You have until July 31st to watch the sessions multiple times.
To sign up for Genetic Genealogy Live Streaming, follow this link: http://genealogyjamboree.com/genetic-genealogy-streaming/ (Note: there is a charge for subscription)
To sign up for Jamboree Live Streaming (not including DNA Day), follow this link: http://genealogyjamboree.com/genealogy-jamboree-streaming/ (free subscription)
The Genetic Genealogy sessions to be live streamed are:
The live streaming fine print:
Dr. Fitzpatrick, the founder of Identifinders International, is widely recognized as the founder of modern forensic genealogy. She has investigated numerous cold case homicides for law enforcement using genetic genealogy analysis. She is Co-Executive Director of the DNA Doe Project (DDP), applying autosomal SNP analysis to the identification of a John or Jane Doe, sometimes decades old. Her collaborations include the Armed Forces DNA Identification Laboratory, the US Army Casualty and Mortuary Affairs Office, the Simon Wiesenthal Center in Jerusalem, the University of Arizona. Harvard Medical School and other noted professional organizations. She is an Associate Member of the American Academy of Forensic Science (AAFS).
About the Program
The 1940 US Census opened in 2012 without a name index. A FamilySearch-led consortium used 160,000 volunteers to name index that census in five months. In addition, Joel Weintraub and Steve Morse, over seven years, with about 125 volunteers, developed free utilities to find which of 150,000 census districts a person was in, when a location or address was known. These projects are examples of crowdsourcing. Steve and Joel are now doing a similar project for the 1950 census. Joel will discuss differences between the volunteer response, Yahoo Group site, cloud storage, software, One-Step utilities, and project phases.
About the Speaker
Joel Weintraub, a New Yorker by birth, is an emeritus Professor at California State University Fullerton. He became interested in genealogy about 20 years ago, and volunteered for nine years at the National Archives and Records Administration in Southern California. Joel produced locational tools for the 1900 through 1940 censuses and the New York City censuses (1905, 1915, & 1925) for the Steve Morse "One-Step" website (stevemorse.org). Joel has published articles on the US Census, searching records in NYC, the Ellis Island "Name Change Myth," and given presentations on census research, immigration and naturalization, Ellis Island, and Jewish genealogy.
Note: Our November meeting will be the 2nd Wednesday instead of the 3rd Wednesday of the month. See you at Yorba Linda Community Center on November 14th at 7pm.
Our GSNOCC September meeting will be a special Show and Tell for all things related to family history and we need your help.
Do you have an unusual piece of family ephemera - a special antique or family bible? Can you showcase a unique collection? Have an unusual family tree presentation in wall art or scrapbook design? Share the unique way in which you have brought your family history to life.
Please consider being part of our September meeting. Tables will be available for your set-up at 6:30pm and the meeting will begin at 7pm. Members can go from table to table and explore the many ways in which we honor our relatives. If you're shy, don't worry --no public speaking required.
We'll also have expanded food offerings and a mystery antique contest with prizes. You are encouraged to wear the dress of your heritage, if desired. Come out and see what interesting things your fellow members have to share.
Wednesday, Sep 19, 2018 at 7:00pm
Yorba Linda Community Center (Imperial Room A)
4501 Casa Loma Ave., Yorba Linda, CA 92886.