Today’s episode of Research Like a Pro is about how to find and use gazetteers in your genealogy research. Diana and Nicole discuss how to locate them using the FamilySearch Wiki, Google, and library catalogs, and what kind of helpful information they contain. They share several examples of helpful gazetteers, including Meyers Gazetteer for Germany, the U.S. Geographic Name Information System, Names in South Carolina, and more.
Gazetteers – article at the FamilySearch Wiki
The Fuzzy Gazetteer – allows you to find place names without knowing how to spell them
GNIS – Geographic Names Information System by the U.S. Board on Geographic Names
Darby’s Universal gazetteer – published in 1827, digitized at Hathitrust
“A la Karte: Borders, Maps and Gazetteers for German Genealogists,” Webinar by James M. Beidler, Nov 2019, at Familytreewebinars.com
Jewish Gen Gazetteer – includes the names of one million localities in 54 countries in Europe, North Africa, the Middle East, and Central Asia
Lippincott’s Gazetteer of the World – digitized at Google Books, Published 1902 in Philadelphia by the J.B. Lippincott Company
Elizabeth Shown Mills – Context: A Powerful Tool for Problem-Solving – 2021 lecture available at Legacy Family Tree webinars (subscription required)
Names in South Carolina – volumes 1-12 digitized and searchable at the University of South Carolina, University Libraries
Study Group – more information and email list
Research Like a Pro: A Genealogist’s Guide by Diana Elder with Nicole Dyer on Amazon.com
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