Maps are an irreplaceable part of family history
research, especially if you live far from the location in which you are
searching. To be truly helpful for family history, any map must show the
geographical and political boundaries as they existed when the ancestor you are
researching lived there. Boundaries in the United States have changed
constantly since the colonization of the east coast. Vermont, for example,
was once part of New York. The map is a framework that brings other
knowledge together and makes the world understandable.
You can search the map center in a variety of ways.
Search for maps in a specific location by entering the country, state, and
city or county into the appropriate fields. Use a drop down box to search by
map. To search for a specific map subject, enter a keyword (i.e., American
Revolution). Limit your search by adding a year range in the appropriate
fields. Map shows general regions of a particular area as well as linguistic
categories of many localities. The "what?" and the "where?" are necessary
beginnings to understand the "who?" and the "why?"
When it comes to geography, we can identify maps using the
following 5 best points;
Location :- Where are
things located? A location can be specific for example, it can be stated as
coordinates of longitude and latitude or as a distance from one place to another
place or general (it's in the Northeast).
The Latitudes are imaginary lines running parallel to the
Equator, and the Longitudes are imaginary lines running parallel to the Prime
Meridian. We will learn in detail about the Latitudes and Longitudes, and the Equator and the Prime
Meridian in the mini lessons section.
Place :- What
makes a place different from other places? Differences might be defined in terms
of climate, physical features, or the people who live there and their
:- What are the relationships among people and places? How have people
changed the environment to better suit their needs?
Movement :- What are the
patterns of movement of people, products, and information? A study of movement
includes learning about major modes of transportation used by people, an area's
major exports and imports, and ways in which people communicate or move ideas.
Regions :- How can Earth
be divided into regions for study? Regions can be defined by a number of
characteristics including area, language, political divisions, religions, and
vegetation for example, grassland, marshland, desert, rain forest.
Most of the mappings do involve the business, the trade, the
geography and political boundaries such as the neighboring countries, the
rivers, the mountains, and the landmarks nearer to a particular selected area.
Wherever you are supposed to figure out the important landmarks of your
interested place you can easily find out its sources with the help of a
geographical map. If you know how to locate a map of a region, you can easily
get all the geographical and natural resources information, of that particular
Caleef and Vornya: The "official" theory is that Hernan Cortes named
California, after an imaginary island in a popular Spanish novel of the
time. We have heard through the years that the name of California came from
the two Spanish words that mean 'hot furnace': 'Caliente Fornace'
Is this true?
A myth about our 'California'
state: The name California was derived from 'Caliente and Fornace.'
About 25 years ago, a historian noted that it has reference to the Amazon
women who inhabited the island. He pointed that the name was originally
derived from the natives of the West Indies who used two words that sounded
like 'Caleef and vornya', which meant 'to give off oneself before reaping
from the land.' The myth was that those who try acquiring from the land
before showing their talents would be baked to death by the sun. It is
interesting not only how the Spanish words for hot furnace figure into this
but that many who came looking for gold died in the hot sun as they were
trying to leave. Furthermore, California and Florida have the highest
percentage of skin cancer in the world that is attributed directly to the