Mapping our ancestors and us

This weekend I attended a genealogical conference. The first one for me. Image

Thank you to for this image of a 1911 map.

This weekend I attended a genealogical conference. The first one for me. I wasn’t sure what to expect. Many of the topics were already on video on-line, and there were notes available for printout – this was especially helpful when attending the classes. As some classes I wanted to attend were at the same time, I was able to watch the videos on-line ahead of time and follow along with the handouts. This allowed me to take the classes at the conference that were not available online and enjoy the day.          Though it was the work of the LDS church, and some classes were leaning more towards their members, for those of us who are not LDS, there was still applicable information for our own genealogical searching. They served a lunch that was simple yet tasty and nourishing. Yum!
                There were many things I have already been doing on my own that were suggested, however, I found some great helpful tools that I would like to share with you:



3- mapping where your ancestors lived

4- record your own life history (aren’t we looking for these for our ancestors? Let’s leave ours behind for our great grandchildren)

5- the stories and photos and people in our family are all lost in 3 generations, write it down now!

6- use archival paper instead of plain paper for those important photocopies of letters, documents and well, photographs ( be sure to name the people in the photographs and where and when it was taken)


The title of this blog is Mapping our ancestors and us

                What does that mean, at least to me, talking with you? Get out a world map, or a map of the country your family lives in and have some fun. There are several ways you can begin and then expand upon. It might be helpful to have colored pins, or colored stickers to use for each generation, or each century, or each 10 years. That will also give you a timeline to go with the locations of your ancestors.

                My choice is to take a world map and put a pin in the place where the earliest discovered ancestor is from. Then a pin where that ancestor or a child or grandchild lived from there. Who moved from that town or village or country? Then put a pin in the next move, following the ancestral journey to the United States. Once in the United States, I would follow the trail of ancestors all the way across the nation to where my grandchildren are living today.

                My next Map – Oh yes, there will be at least a minimum of 5 maps for my family – will be of each state that my ancestors lived in. In each state I would pin the place they first arrived at and then pin each place after that, all within that state. One could connect the pins with a string or yarn to more accurately show the journey in the correct order.

                I typed in google search for “other ways to map things” and saw these unique suggestions, what are some ways you can map your ancestry? soon moving to

This is also what Google had to say about the definition of map:

noun 1. a diagram or collection of data showing the spatial arrangement or distribution of something over an area.

verb 2. record in detail the spatial distribution of (something).

[you know, of course I am only going to put what pertains to genealogy, right?)

                What kinds of things can you map? birthdays, marriages, how many kids each generation had, places of work, how many jobs each person had, the wealth of each family and perhaps why some generations were wealthy and some were not, map the world history with your family’s history. I am sure you can think of a lot more or even a few more exciting mapping projects than me.

                Have some fun, this is a great family project too! – BTW, the title of my next blog will be- Family projects for home, weekends, reunions, or through the mail.

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