Sunday, September 15, 2002

If you want this . . . look here - Sister Manja Midgley

“I’ve found my family in the 1920 census, but not in the 1930 census. They never moved away from Baltimore. Is there anywhere I can get more information?”

Using City Directories
Where can I find City Directories?
What is contained in them?
How often are they published?
How easy is the information to use?
What are the challenges to using a city directory?

Let’s explore some case studies.
“My family has stories about our ancestors building schooners in Toms River, New Jersey. Where can I find more authoritative information about this our ancestral home?”

Using United States Gazetteers
What if the town or village you are searching for is not on a map?
Do gazetteers to help you locate places where your ancestors may have lived?
What about discovering the former names of places?
Where are the locations and information on local parishes/churches, schools and civic offices where you can further research and locate records?
How could topographical information about the area your ancestor lived help understand ancestor’s lives better?
“I have ancestors from Poland who came to the United States in the early 1900’s. I want to go back further, but have no idea how to even begin. HELP!”

Using Eastern European gazetteers
How does a person select which gazetteer to use?
What helps are available to make using a foreign language gazetteer easier to understand?
Once a village is found, what’s next? How does one use the information?

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