Geographical research is important to every genealogist. Early in our family history odyssey, we learn the importance of using maps and historical records to locate the right place to search for ancestral records. State, territorial, province, and national boundaries have changed – maybe frequently – over time. Location names have also changed. It is therefore essential to determine the geopolitical administration in power at the time period during which your ancestors lived in a specific place. Those governmental entities will have been responsible for creating official records at the time and, wherever the central offices were located at that time, will still be the logical place to search for your ancestor’s records.
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