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Introduction

Determining Your Ancestral Locations

Researching in Other

Countries of the World

Internet Resources

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Contact

Information

The following are LINKS to the countries in which one of our ancestors was born, married, or died.

FRANCE

(République Française)

GERMANY

(Deutschland)

THE NETHERLANDS

SWITZERLAND

UNITED KINGDOM

UNITED STATES

 

 

Introduction

     Successful genealogical research often hinges on identifying the localities in which our ancestors lived.  Thus one must fully realize that resources which enhance our knowledge of the places inhabited by our ancestors are almost as important as their names.  Once we know the vicinity, we are in a better position to consult the records and histories in an effort to piece together the lives of our fore-bearers.  As such, the primary purpose of these web pages is to provide you with a clearer picture of places we’ve identified as the ancestral locations of our direct ancestors.

     As you explore this area of our website you will find that we address each place with a separate and distinct page about each Country, State, and county, (or its equivalent).  Within each county page we have attempted to address many of the specific places, or what we refer to as the gen-sites identified during our research.  These gen-sites may be as broad as a city or town, or a specific as the location of a home-site.   In addition, you will also find the surnames of persons who lived within the specified ancestral locations, as well as links to additional resources that will assist with your research of the locality.

Denterming ancestral locations

Determing Your
Ancestral Locations

 

How to find the

Ancestral Location

Mapping the Ancestral Location

Our Favorite Map & Atlas Webpages

Our Favorite Gazetteers

 

HOW TO FIND THE ANCESTRAL LOCATION

How to find the Ancestral Location

     To find information about an ancestor, you need to determine at least the country the ancestor lived in for an event such as birth, christening, marriage, or death. These suggestions may help you identify where your ancestor lived:

1.  Start from what you know. If you are confident about where one ancestor lived, start with that ancestor and work back to the next generation.  U.S. Censuses from 1850 on are a great place to start, as they contain birthplaces for everyone in the household.  Federal Census documents from the 20th century also include immigration years.  In earlier censuses, children's birthplaces and ages can give you an approximate immigration year.  Keep going back through census years until you discover an ancestor born outside of the United States.

2. Search for birth details by checking cemeteries, obituaries, military records, immigration and naturalization documents and most importantly birth, marriage and death records for mention of a hometown or county. Use census discoveries to find immigration details in passenger lists.  More recent lists may include a birthplace and the address of a close relative back home.  Earlier lists can point you to friends and family from the same area who arrived on the same ship.  Survey previous research, and see what others have listed.  For example at FamilySearch™ your computer will search the Ancestral File, the International Genealogical Index, and other Web sites that may contain information about your ancestors. 

3.  Find a place where one or more members of the family lived, and look in the records of that place for members of the family. You may find parents living with a child, or you may find information about the parents in a child's record.  Also look beyond traditional records.  Church records can mention births, baptisms, marriages, deaths, hometowns and more. And an address from a census can lead you to nearby churches in city directories.  Land records can help you pinpoint churches close to rural relatives. If you hit a “brick wall” research someone else.  Records of an ancestor's sibling, cousin or parent could lead you to the hometown you're looking for.

4.  If your ancestor immigrated to the United States and you are unsure of the country he or she came from, click Tracing Immigrant Ancestors.

MAPPING THE ANCESTRAL LOCATION

Mapping the Ancestral Location

     It is said that approximately 80% of all information has a locational element. When it comes to family history this rises to 100%.  Ask yourself the question "what single fact connects every single event in every single family tree everywhere in the world?" Answer every event took place somewhere.  This can be cemetery data, battle records, birth, marriage, work, census, parish, county, journey, disembarkation, hospitalization, incarceration (mental hospital and prison), disaster and criminal records.  Any record, in fact, that has a locational element.

     One can hardly conduct thorough, meaningful research on any family line without incorporating the use of maps in some significant way.  Find maps online is easy and there is an abundance of them to use.   Maps are such interesting and exciting sources of information, and come in so many varieties that their study and use could become an avocation in and of itself.  This section of the web page will show you some mapping sites we like to use for genealogical research.   We believe that all are useful in one's quest to discover early family origins.

     Below are some examples of Maps, Gazetteers, and Other Helpful Resources for Researching Locations.  These web sites comprise only a small portion of what is available for researchers interested in learning more about the areas in which their ancestors lived.  If the list below doesn’t contain what you are looking for, we suggest you try Odden’s Bookmarks, which contains links to more than 10,000 cartographic sites.

OUR FAVORITE MAP & ATLAS PAGES

Our Favorite Map & Atlas Webpages

 (For Locating Gen-Sites)

World Locations

·        United Nations—Cartographic Section

·        Panoramic Maps Collection (Library of Congress)

·        Perry Castaneda Library Map Collection

·        David Rumsey Map Collection

·        The American Geographical Society Library

·        Library of Congress (Geography & Map Collection)

 

Historical Maps & Atlases (World Countries)

·        An Atlas of The German Empire, L. Ravenstein (1883)

·        Topographic Maps of Germany – pre World War II

 

 

U.S.A.

·        National Atlas of the United States

·         U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) Home Page

           U.S.A. Historical Maps & Atlases

·        U.S. County Formation Maps

·        1795 Carey's American Atlas

·        Carey's 1814 General Atlas

·        1836 New Universal Atlas

·        Morse's 1845 North American Atlas

·        1895 U.S. Atlas

·        U.S. History Maps (Wikimedia)

North America

·        National Atlas of Canada

OUR FAVORITE GAZETTEERS

Our Favorite Gazetteers

(For Locating Gen-Sites)

Standard Finder can be of assistance to researchers in determining proper spellings of locations and,

checking if locations exist as well as determining alternate name spellings/variants to expand research.

Germany

·        Directory of Cities, Towns, & Regions in Germany

·        List of places in Germany

·        East and West Prussia Gazetteer

·        Lists of German communities by state & county

United Kingdom

·        List of United Kingdom locations

·        A Topographical Dictionary of England

·        Index of Places in England and Wales

·        List of Places in England

·        List of places in Northern Ireland

·        Gazetteer for Scotland

·        A Topographical Dictionary of Scotland

·        List of Places in Scotland

·        List of Places in Wales

 

Ireland

·        The Ireland Atlas / Database

·        A Topographical Dictionary of Ireland

 

Eastern Europe

·  Jewish Communities in Central and Eastern Europe

·  Index of German & Polish place names in Poland & Russia

United States

·        U.S. & Territories (USGS-GNIS Place Name Search)

·        List of cities, towns, villages in the U.S. - Wikipedia

·        Directory of Cities, Towns, in United States

·        U.S. Gazetteer (Census Bureau)

·        US Cities & State Gazetteers (US Home Town Locator)

·        Geographic Reference Library – Ancestry.com

World

·        Getty Thesaurus of Geographic Names

·        Directory of Cities and Towns in World

·        Foreign Place Names Search (USGS-GNIS)

  • A Dictionary, Geographical, Statistical, & Historical

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o       Volume 2:  Caspian Sea - Iona

o       Volume 3:  Ionian Islands -  Poole

o       Volume 4:  PoonahZytomiers

·        Place Names - Gazetteer

·        Ancestry.com Library—Geography Section $

 

France

·        Administrative divisions of France

 

Canada

·        Geographical Names of Canada

·        Canadian Place-Names

 

 

Researching Countries

Researching 
Countries
of the World

If you are attempting to perform research on ancestors from countries other that the United States or Europe you should consider starting at this website that is sponsored by Family Search.  This Wiki offers Free family history research advice for genealogy research by family historians, like yourself.  Here you can learn from over 37,440 articles about how to research in every corner of the world.   From the list below, click on a country of your choice.  Within the countries, information is arranged by topic.  You can learn about important record types, research methods, and repositories, And this free online source is up to date with most current websites and new of record availability.

Afghanistan

Albania

Algeria

American Samoa

Andorra

Angola

Anguilla

Antigua and Barbuda

Argentina

Armenia

Aruba

Australia

Austria

Azerbaijan

Bahamas

Bahrain

Bangladesh

Barbados

Belarus

Belgium

Belize

Benin

Bermuda

Bhutan

Bolivia

Bosnia and Herzegovina

Botswana

Brazil

British Virgin Islands

Brunei

Bulgaria

Burkina Faso

Burma

Burundi

Cambodia

Cameroon

Canada

Cape Verde

Cayman Islands

Central African Republic

Chad

Channel Islands

Chile

China

Christmas Island

Cocos (Keeling) Islands

Colombia

Comoros

Congo, Democratic Republic

Congo, Republic of the

Cook Islands

Costa Rica

Cote d'Ivoire

Croatia

Cuba

Cyprus

Czech Republic

Denmark

Djibouti

Dominica

Dominican Republic

Ecuador

Egypt

El Salvador

England

Equatorial Guinea

Eritrea

Estonia

Ethiopia

Falkland Islands

Faroe Islands

Fiji

Finland

France

French Guiana

French Polynesia

Gabon

Gambia

Georgia (country)

Germany

Ghana

Gibraltar

Greece

Greenland

Grenada

Guam

Guatemala

Guernsey

Guinea

Guinea-Bissau

Guyana

Haiti

Honduras

Hong Kong

Hungary

Iceland

India

Indonesia

Iran

Iraq

Ireland

Isle of Man

Israel

Italy

Jamaica

Japan

Jan Mayen

Jersey

Jordan

Kazakhstan

Kenya

Kiribati

Korea, North

Korea, South

Kosovo

Kuwait

Kyrgyzstan

Laos

Latvia

Lebanon

Lesotho

Liberia

Libya

Liechtenstein

Lithuania

Luxembourg

Macau

Macedonia

Madagascar

Malawi

Malaysia

Maldives

Mali

Malta

Marshall Islands

Mauritania

Mauritius

Mayotte

Mexico

Micronesia

Moldova

Monaco

Mongolia

Montenegro

Montserrat

Morocco

Mozambique

Myanmar

Namibia

Nauru

Nepal

Netherlands

Netherlands Antilles

New Caledonia

New Zealand

Nicaragua

Niger

Nigeria

Niue

Norfolk Island

Northern Ireland

Northern Mariana Islands

Norway

Oman

Pakistan

Palau

Panama

Papua New Guinea

Paraguay

Peru

Philippines

Pitcairn Islands

Poland

Portugal

Puerto Rico

Qatar

Romania

Russia

Rwanda

Saint Barthelemy

Saint Helena

Saint Kitts and Nevis

Saint Lucia

Saint Martin

Saint Pierre and Miquelon

Saint Vincent & Grenadines

Samoa

San Marino

Sao Tome and Principe

Saudi Arabia

Scandinavia

Scotland

Senegal

Serbia

Seychelles

Sierra Leone

Singapore

Slovakia

Slovenia

Solomon Islands

Somalia

South Africa

Spain

Sri Lanka

Sudan

Suriname

Svalbard

Swaziland

Sweden

Switzerland

Syria

Taiwan

Tajikistan

Tanzania

Thailand

Timor-Leste

Togo

Tokelau

Tonga

Trinidad and Tobago

Tunisia

Turkey

Turkmenistan

Turks and Caicos Islands

Tuvalu

Uganda

Ukraine

United Arab Emirates

United Kingdom

United States

Uruguay

U.S. Virgin Islands

Uzbekistan

Vanuatu

Vatican City

Venezuela

Vietnam

Virgin Islands

Wales

Wallis and Futuna

Western Sahara

Yemen

Zambia
Zimbabwe

Internet resources

Website
Resources

 

This search engine may

provide you with additional

information to assist with

your research about this topic.

France

Germany

Switzerland

United Kingdom

United States

World

 

FRANCE

France

·        Website & Webpages We Like

·        Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

·        Free Genealogy Search Help For Google

·        FranceGenWeb

·        Rootsweb.com - Localities

·        Genealogy.com: Places/Geographic, Europe

·        Cyndi's List - France

·        FamilySearch.org - Research Guidance (France)

GERMANY

Germany

·        Website & Webpages We Like

·        Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

·        Free Genealogy Search Help For Google

·        Germany GenWeb

·        German Genealogy Info. & Resources

·        List of places in Germany

·        Rootsweb.com – Localities - Germany

·        Genealogy.com: Places/Geographic, Europe

·        Cyndi's List - Germany / Deutschland

·        German Genealogy

·        German Genealogy Bridge

·        Directory of Cities, Towns, Regions in Germany

SWITZERLAND

Switzerland

·        Switzerland Genealogy links - Swiss geneology

·        Topics of General Importance for Swiss Genealogy

·     Genealogy SiteFinder: Switzerland

·      SwitzerlandGenWeb   

UNITED KINGDOM

United Kingdom

·        Website & Webpages We Like

·        United Kingdom and Ireland - rootsweb.com

·        GENUKI: UK & Ireland Genealogy

·        UK Genealogy - The Portal for UK Family Research

·        Street Map UK

·        The Gazetteer of British Place Names - Main Page

·        Ordnance Survey, Britain's mapping agency

·        Cyndi's List - United Kingdom & Ireland Index

·        IGI Batch Numbers-British Isles & North America

·        Genealogy SiteFinder: United Kingdom

·        A vision of Britain (on-line library for local history)

·        UK Genealogy Archives, Heraldry and Family History

·        List of places in the United Kingdom - Wikipedia

·        Directory of Cities and Towns in United Kingdom

UNITED STATES

United States

·        Website & Webpages We Like

·        Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

·        Free Genealogy Search Help For Google

·        Linkpendium > Genealogy > USA

·        The American History and Genealogy Project

·         The USGenWeb Project

 

Image galleries

Image
Galleries

 

 

During our research we have collected images and photographs that are of general interest to a variety of localities.  Some of them are presented on this website because we believe they tend to provide the reader with additional information which may aid in the understanding of our ancestors past lives.

If you have any photographs or other images relating to these ancestral

 locations we would greatly appreciate hearing from you.

 

Use the following LINK to ascertain whether we have any images that may interest you.

ANCESTRAL LOCATION PHOTOGRAPHS and IMAGES

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Contact information

Contact Information

 

Email

Snail mail:

Fred
889 Dante Ct.
Mantua, NJ 08051

USA

Updated 01 April 11

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Tom
6484 Riverstone Dr

Sooke, BC V9Z 0Y7

Canada