Mapping Mania: Family Tree Magazine Podcast Episode 82

By Family Tree Editors

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In this episode:

Your Host: Lisa Louise Cooke

Lisa’s newest book is available at Family Tree Shop: Turn Your iPad into a Genealogy Powerhouse.


News from the Blogosphere with Genealogy Insider Diane Haddad

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
Get your copy of the Family Tree Historical Maps Book: Europe here.

101 Best Websites:

Greg Boyd, the found of HistoryGeo takes us on a tour of the website. 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

Lisa mentioned:

Look for David Rumsey historical maps in the Layers panel under “Gallery.”



Download Google Earth Pro for free.

From the Publisher’s Desk

Allison Dolan


Allison’s five favorite online map resources

  1. Google Maps
  2. Maplandia
  3. Sanborn maps (look for subscription databases like ProQuest available through your public library.) Also: Sanborn Fire Maps at the Library of Congress.
  4. Library of Congress
  5. David Rumsey Historical Map Collection
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.