BCGS Research Tip – July 2013

The BCGS Members’ Tip for July 1st, Canada Day, is: always check place names and locations!

In Canada, there are a few national place name indexes on-line. Try these first –

Geographical Names of Canada. Searchable:

Querying Canadian Geographical Names – alpha list to browse. Updated monthly:

Atlas of Canada:

First Nation Profiles Interactive Map, Aboriginal Affairs & Northern Development Canada:

Elections Canada, maps:

Canadian Geographic:

Canada – From Confederation To The Present Day in maps

Project Naming and Canada’s North, podcast, Library and Archives Canada:

The Great Canadian Geography Challenge:

And for fun – Geist Atlas of Canada,The National Playlist Map of Canada:

For smaller, locally named ‘unofficially named’ places,if not included in these sites, you may find directories or local histories or historical newspapers useful. Watch for an article on British Columbia place names and maps soon.

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About DRogers

M. Diane Rogers is a Director and Editor and Co-webmistress of the British Columbia Genealogical Society, teaches genealogy and family history year round, and blogs at CanadaGenealogy, or, Jane's Your Aunt. She's been doing her own family research since the 1980s in Canada, the UK and the United States, Sweden and further afield. She has a lifelong interest in Canadian and women's history and is a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists, the Genealogical Speakers Guild and the International Society of Family History Writers and Editors

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