BCGS Research Tip – July 2013

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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:
http://www.nrcan.gc.ca/earth-sciences/geography-boundary/geographical-name/11680

Querying Canadian Geographical Names – alpha list to browse. Updated monthly: http://www4.nrcan.gc.ca/earth-sciences/geography-boundary/geographical-name/search/alphabetical/index_123.php

Atlas of Canada: http://atlas.nrcan.gc.ca/site/english/index.html

First Nation Profiles Interactive Map, Aboriginal Affairs & Northern Development Canada: http://fnpim-cippn.aandc-aadnc.gc.ca/index-eng.asp

Elections Canada, maps: http://www.elections.ca/content.aspx?section=res&dir=cir/maps&document=index&lang=e

Canadian Geographic: http://www.canadiangeographic.ca/mapping/

Canada – From Confederation To The Present Day in mapshttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ph4KqeBK3XE

Project Naming and Canada’s North, podcast, Library and Archives Canada: http://www.bac-lac.gc.ca/eng/news/podcasts/Pages/project-naming.aspx

The Great Canadian Geography Challenge: http://www.geochallenge.ca/geochallenge/

And for fun – Geist Atlas of Canada,The National Playlist Map of Canada: http://www.geist.com/map-national-playlist

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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