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.
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.
Dr. Colleen Fitzpatrick Presents "You Will Never Look at Your Old Photos the Same Way Again" at our April meeting
Join us at our April meeting and program on Wednesday, April 18, 2018, 7pm at Yorba Linda Community Center.
About the Program
You Will Never Look at Your Old Photos the Same Way Again!
Step into the 21st century with your photo identification! Every bit of a photograph – the thickness, the edges, the shape, and yes, even the image, can help you identify it. It’s not only what you look at in a photo, it’s how you look at it that counts. Clues lurk in the most unusual places, you just have to find them. Even the most mundane items– the weather, the direction of traffic on a street, can be the clue that can solve a photo-mystery. After attending this talk, you will never look at your old photos the same way again!
About the Speaker
Colleen Fitzpatrick, PhD, is an internationally recognised forensic genealogist, the founder of Identifinders International. She has been involved in high profile historic cases, including the identification of the Unknown Child on the Titanic and the Amelia Earhart project; she is now the Forensic Genealogist on the Abraham Lincoln DNA Project. Colleen has also been a key member of team that have exposed three international Holocaust literary frauds. Colleen's 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 a past Fellow of the Society of Photoinstrumentation Engineers (SPIE), an Associate Member of the American Academy of Forensic Science (AAFS).
As a world traveler and multi-lingual, Colleen specializes in international cases; she has researched in over 50 countries. Colleen assists nonprofits, military organizations, attorneys, and law enforcement with cold case work, forensic identification, and with locating hard-to-find individuals. She has developed innovative DNA identification techniques that have benefited Child Survivors of the Holocaust and adoptees who otherwise would have given up hope of finding their birth parents.
Colleen lectures widely in the US, Canada, Europe, Australia, and New Zealand. She has appeared in hundreds of domestic and international newspapers and magazines, and on international radio and television programs. These include the BBC World News Tonight, RTE Ireland Television’s Nationwide, Radio New Zealand, The Melbourne Sun, CNN, NPR’s Talk of the Nation, More Magazine and Scientific American. She is the author of three books: Forensic Genealogy, DNA & Genealogy, and The Dead Horse Investigation: Forensic Photo Analysis for Everyone.
Join us at our March meeting and program on Wednesday, March 21, 2018, 7pm at Yorba Linda Community Center.
About the Program
Find Your Story in the United States Census
The US Census is a great way to learn about the details in the lives your ancestors lived. It can give you information on family relationships, birth dates and places, marriage, occupations, Immigration, Naturalization, and Military. The census can also give you clues to other records your ancestors may have generated and where to find them. It can be a real time saver. Come learn how!
About the Speaker
Elna Katherman is a professional genealogist. She became interested in genealogy when attending college and has been researching her family for over 30 years. She is currently a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists (APG), the Southern California Chapter of the Association of Professional Genealogists (SCCAPG), the National Genealogical Society (NGS), and The New England Historical and Genealogical Society (NEHGS). Elna works as a staff trainer at the LDS Family Search Library in Orange. In addition to public speaking, she enjoys her work with patrons at the Family Search Library in Orange, collecting family histories, attending Family History Conferences, quilting, kayaking with her husband and visiting with their 6 children and 16 grandchildren.