Monday, October 21, 2013

Mappy Monday ~ Family History Workshop

Two weeks ago I attended the Baltimore Family History Workshop. How very exciting to meet the one and only DearMYRTLE! Also, we had the honor to chat with Myrtle's cousin, Russ Worthington.

The day kicked off with Myrtle giving a wonderful keynote speech. Then off to learn! My friends Debbie, Jen and I headed to "Genealogy & Maps: A Perfect Marriage for Tracking Ancestors" by Sharon MacInnes. Excellent selection!

I especially liked Sharon's use of a "case study" during the presentation. We listened as she tracked the movements of her ancestors using various mapping tools.

Map usage is an area I needed to further understand in reference to genealogy research. To that end this class was extremely beneficial.

Here are several resources used during the workshop:

Home Town Locator - "Online gazetteer for all 50 states, including many obsolete features.

Maps of USA - "US Maps are an invaluable part of family history research, especially if you live far from where your ancestor lived".

The Newberry Library Atlas of Historical County Boundaries - "Atlas of Historical County Boundaries is a powerful historical research and reference tool in electronic form".

Old Maps Online - "The OldMapsOnline Portal is an easy-to-use gateway to historical maps in libraries around the world".

As soon as we returned home I was on the computer checking out these sites!

The Family History web page still lists the class schedule. Many have handouts and downloadable outlines.

This event occurs every year in Baltimore County. If you are in the region it is a MUST for any schedule.

Thanks to all the amazing people who worked hard to offer this FREE day of genealogy gold.


  1. Lots of great map resources here. Thanks for sharing, Deb! I could get lost in maps :)

  2. Jacqi,

    You are very welcome. I'm just starting to work with maps in genealogy. Another addiction!

  3. Thanks for the map resources and the link to the handouts. Wish I could have attended!