Not sure where you are or where your ancestors were?


Place names often change and some places simply disappear.

Hail Stone, Utah is now at the bottom of Jordanelle Reservoir.

So much for the first place I remember living!














Finding Places then and now

In the past two decades we have seen many changes in the nations of the Earth. Having spent my childhood during the coldest part of the "Cold War" I was simply amazed when the former Soviet Union broke apart and the Berlin Wall was torn down.

One of the few constants throughout history has been change. As one searches their ancestry they really need to know local historical events for the area they are searching. Parts of Europe changed hands depending on which way which army was marching.

There are a multitude of other mapping resources on the web, but these are free of charge.

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Google Earth

For a "Birds Eye View" and more.



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USGS Geographical Name Server

The U.S. Board on Geographic Names is a Federal body created in 1890 and established in its present form by Public Law in 1947 to maintain uniform geographic name usage throughout the Federal Government.


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Perry-CastaƱeda Library Map Collection

Historical maps of the Americas and the World

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