Genealogy #8: Overlooked Sources, part 3

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Overlooked Sources, part 3

This is a continuation of a posting about considering sources you might not ordinarily think of when starting your genealogy journey.

The last two sources I will highlight in this section are maps and journals.

3. Maps
A few things to consider are a decent, well-detailed atlas, Wikipedia, and progressive maps.

The atlas will help you locate counties, particularly in relation to one another.
If a relative was born in Richmond, but died in Lee County, Virginia, it might be helpful to see how close the two counties are, as well as try to determine what route he may have taken from Point A to Point B.

Wikipedia is a wonderful source for locating information about geographic locations, even if the place doesn’t exist anymore.
Because the information is supplied by the public and can be edited at any time, sometimes errors occur.
But more often…

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