This month’s theme is Mapping Mania. Lisa interviews guests about mapping strategies, websites to find and use old maps like HistoryGeo, David Rumsey and Google Earth, and the brand new Family Tree Historical Maps Book: Europe.
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In this episode:
Your Host: Lisa Louise Cooke
News from the Blogosphere with Genealogy Insider Diane Haddad
Top Tips: Mapping Strategies
Publisher Allison Dolan joins Lisa to discuss the curation process of the new book Family Tree Historical Maps Book: Europe, and some of the mapping strategies she learned from that experience.
What You'll Learn:
- what maps are in the book, and what you can use them for
- all about the David Rumsey site, the source for many maps in the book
- index in the back of the book gives you the info to look them up online (great for zooming in)
- tips and pointers for using the Rumsey collection
- value of the book is having maps with you in printed format for quick reference and research purposes, so you can see the big picture of how things changed over the years
101 Best Websites: HistoryGeo.com
Greg Boyd, the found of HistoryGeo takes us on a tour of the website. HistoryGeo.com is a family history software service for linking old maps and land records to your genealogy research. They are best known for providing online versions of the Family Maps and Texas Land Survey Maps book series, and now have released the First Landowners Project.
Family Tree University: Google Earth for Genealogists
Tyler turns the tables and interviews Lisa about using the free Google Earth program for family history.
Family Tree University offers the course Google Earth for Genealogists to help you map your family history. Here is what you'll learn:
- How to save, share and organize information in Google Earth
- How to overlay historical maps
- How to plot your ancestor’s homestead
- How to create a virtual “family history tour” to share with others
From the Publisher's Desk
Listen to Lisa Louise Cooke's Genealogy Gems and Genealogy: Family History Made Easy podcasts on iTunes and visit her website for great research ideas, podcast episodes and videos.