Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Mapping Your Ancestors

Mapping Your Ancestors.
   Many of us have received information on the birth place of our ancestors from searches through Ancestry.com. Some of the locations have a long string of names in foreign countries. Recently, I learned of a website that will provide a map and photos of your ancestors birth. The website is: http://www.davidrumsey.com It is a website that is a historical collection of maps. You can do a search through your web browser, or through Google Search for this website. Once into the website I was able to locate the birth map of one of my oldest ancestors on my mother's side, Anna Zimmer, 1752-1797. She is a direct descendant and my 4th generation grandmother related to the Wolf family branch on my tree. Her maiden name was Wolff (many surnames are spelled differently throughout the ages). She was born in Houverath, Euskirchen, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany. She gave birth to my 3rd generation grandfather, Martin Wolf.
   I was curious about the town in Germany she was came from, so I went into http://www.davidrumsey.com website and typed in Houverath, Euskirchen, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany. I was not able to find a map for the 1700s, so I searched for maps in the 1800 era. First I searched under Houverath and found no results. I narrowed my search down to Euskirchen, Germany and a 1800 map of Germany appeared. I had to enlarge the map with the tool provided with the + and - signs to bring the map forward to see the tiny print. I used my mouse to scroll through the map and then found the town of Euskirchen. I brought up information about this town specifically. On the left side of the screen it showed both modern-day and historical photos of the town. I printed out the map once I enlarged it, and also a photo of a very old church from the time of my ancestors.
   I recommend to everyone interested in finding more information about the places your ancestors were born to use this wonderful website. 
   You may also go to: Wikipedia and type in the location and it will also provide extensive historical information on the town you've searched. 
   Much of this information is the result of my relatives that have provided this information in the first place by starting their family trees on Ancestry.com, or on another genealogy subscription website, which I was able to use to extend my family history.    

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