Today was our Spring Workshop. We had nearly 40 people in attendance and the topics were very well received. First up today was Denise Kirk. Denise runs the Genealogy Club at the Brantford Public Library and spoke to us on Using Maps in Genealogy.
Maps show us where our ancestors lived. They show us county boundaries and how those boundaries may have shifted over time.
Maps show topography of the area where our ancestors lived. Often they will also show us the names of landowners.
Denise showed us some really interesting websites. The first was the Canadian County Atlas Digital Project: http://digital.library.mcgill.ca/countyatlas/search.htm This website allows us to search our ancestors and then see their land on map of the township where they lived.
Other websites were the Ontario GenWeb Projects: Maps http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~canon/research-topic-land-maps.html
Ontario and Upper Canada Genealogy Maps http://ontariogenealogy.com/ontariomaps.html
Historic Map Works http://www.historicmapworks.com/
Denise also reminded us that not all maps have been digitized and put online and many are still only available through old atlases. Using maps in our genealogy research adds a different dimension to our research and to our understanding of the lives of our ancestors.