Using Maps for Genealogy Research
By: Danuin Mumm
If you’re trying to complete your family tree, you may find genealogy maps to be helpful. Maps are great tools to use for genealogy research. They can provide details and clues about where your ancestors lived.
Historic maps can show how every bit of land has changed over centuries. If you have gathered enough facts about your family history from researching census records, birth certificates, death certificates, etc., it’s time to turn to the maps! Old, historic maps can come in handy, since they show how the world has changed over the years. All types of land, ranging from entire countries to small towns, have changed over the centuries. Historic maps show these changes.
If you know the name(s) of the town(s) your ancestors lived, you can look the places up on historic maps. Even if those towns have new names name, you can pinpoint their exact location on the maps. You can find copies of these maps at your local library, or you could even look them up on the Internet!
Using the Internet to help with genealogic work is great. Some genealogy sites will allow you to download software so you can view historic maps, and others will actually sell you real copies of the maps! If you want to do genealogy research the old fashioned way, you should consider ordering vintage maps!
Wouldn’t it be nice to see how the world has changed through the centuries? You can compare the world you now see with your own eyes to how all of your ancestors saw it. Towns and cities that you’re now familiar with may have changed a great deal through the ages. Historic maps allow you to see these changes in full detail. What was the name of your town 200 years ago? What about 500 years ago? Was your town even really a town then? Historic maps will show you the answer!
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