Thursday, June 1, 2017

SLIG 2018 Course Highlight: Advanced Land Tools: Maps

Course 12:

 Advanced Land Tools: Maps


Richard G. Sayre, CG, CGL, FUGA

Maps are a useful, essential tool to conduct effective genealogical research. Applications include locating and visualizing ancestors in time and place, locating boundaries, discovering and following family groups, identifying migration routes, and organizing and correlating information to discover relationships. The class sessions will expose students to a wide range of maps, repositories, and genealogical strategies. Students will gain an understanding of land division systems in America and learn the basics of landing platting and its application to genealogical research. Students are shown a variety of finding aids to locate unfamiliar place names, to identify and search for maps online and in archives useful in their genealogical research, and how to evaluate a map for its application in solving a genealogical research problem.

Through visits to map repositories and hands on exercises students will experience the variety of maps and map-related products available to the genealogist such as cadastral, topographic, fire insurance, military maps, gazetteers of various kinds, and atlases. Several computer labs will provide the opportunity to discover online resources and the advances in technology such as historic geographic information systems (GIS). Students will learn how to create their own maps using Google tools to support new avenues of research and create personal and professional satisfaction.

Source: Wikipedia

Level of Instruction

Intermediate to Advanced

Suggested Prerequisites

A basic knowledge of land records and familiarity with a basic text such as Patricia Hatcher's Locating Your Roots : Discover Your Ancestors Using Land Records.

Other Instructors
  • Melinda Kashuba, PhD
  • Kimberly Powell
  • Gerald H "Jerry" Smith, CG
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