29 April 2011

Using Maps in Genealogical Research

Genealogists have always been fascinated by historic maps. In some cases, they actually show names of ancestors and where they lived. In all cases, they present a picture of a locality and its geographical details, which can be important in understanding the life and times of ancestors. Locally, genealogists have a couple of opportunities during the coming week to learn what maps are available and how to use them in their research.

On Monday, May 2, the Cuyahoga Valley Genealogical Society will learn about "Locating Important Homes by Using All Sorts of Maps," from Tom Edwards, map librarian, at the Cleveland Public Library. He plans to show attendees how the CPL's Map Room can unlock any mysteries surrounding the location of ancestral home sites. I have used the CPL Map Room and I know it has a extensive collection of U.S. and foreign maps, domestic and military, that can provide important information to a genealogical research project. Guests are welcome at CVGS meetings, which are held at 7 p.m. in the Independence Civic Center, Independence, Ohio.

On Saturday, May 7, from noon to 3 p.m., the Western Reserve Historical Society Genealogical Committee is offering "Using Land Records and Maps In Genealogical Research," which includes demonstrating and explaining the importance of land records in genealogical research and identifying some sources available, both in hard copy and online. This seminar will be presented by Gen. Committee member, John Dailey, retired  Chief Surveyor, later Vice President of Wheeler and Melena, Inc. A registration fee is required. Questions? Contact Kathryn at foxreinhardt@usa.net.

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