october 2018

201811oct1:00 pm3:00 pm"Making the Most of USGS Maps for Genealogy" by Jerry Smith


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The U.S. Geology Survey (USGS) has been publishing maps since 1879. Maps, and newer publications such as aerial photographs and on-line tools are valuable resources for genealogical research. Maps place your ancestors on the ground and let you examine surrounding physical features. Map features reflect property boundaries and road systems of long ago. USGS maps retain cemetery locations, including farm cemeteries on private property. In addition to (free) maps, the USGS web site offers many resources that apply to genealogical research. The site provides aerial photographs, historic aerial photos, and historical topographic maps.

Our speaker, Gerald H. “Jerry” Smith, CG, is a full-time professional Certified Genealogist specializing in Pennsylvania research. He has been a course coordinator for IGHR (Land Platting) and a faculty member for other IGHR courses and SLIG. He is the author of a number of books and journal articles. He researches extensively on projects requiring in-depth knowledge of proprietor and Commonwealth land records, mapping, and land placement. Regular research venues include the Pennsylvania Archives, State Library of Pennsylvania, Pennsylvania State Law Library, Historical Society of Pennsylvania, military repositories (including David Library of the American Revolution and US Army Military History Institute), National Archives, religious and denominational repositories, county courthouses, and county and local historical and genealogical societies. Southern Pennsylvania border county research includes frequent on-site research at repositories in Annapolis, Baltimore, Maryland counties, West Virginia, and Virginia. Jerry is a qualified expert witness in genealogy.


(Thursday) 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm


Easttown Library & Information Center

720 First Ave, Berwyn, PA 19312

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