Course Eight — Land Records: Using Maps

ExpiredCourse Eight — Land Records: Using Maps

  • Course Eight — Land Records: Using Maps
    July 21, 2019 - July 26, 2019
    8:00 am - 12:00 pm

[Registration begins 12:30 pm ET – 08 March 2019 / Maximum: 28 students]


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Course Coordinator

Melinda Kashuba, PhD


This course provides students with a broad exposure to maps that are helpful in genealogical and historical research. Participants learn map terminology and symbols that enhance the reading, interpretation, and comprehension of maps and other geographic materials.  All sessions emphasize the practical application of geographic information to assist in problem analysis and correlation of map data with other genealogical and historical information. Examples used in this class will be drawn primarily from the United States and Canada but many types of maps have European roots and the information conveyed in this class will assist students in understanding maps from other countries. By the end of this course, students will leave with increased confidence on how to locate, read, assess, and create maps for their own use.

Required textbooks, prerequisites, or other student information

Recommended Books (but not required for this class):

Tyner, Judith A. The World of Maps, Map Reading and Interpretation for the 21st Century. New York: The Guilford Press, 2015.

Kashuba, Melinda Walking with Your Ancestors, A Genealogist’s Guide to Using Maps and Geography, Cincinnati: Family Tree Books, 2005. (out-of-print but available as used).


This course is best suited for an intermediate student, but a beginner with a couple of months of research practice would also find the class worthwhile.

Additional student information:

Students are not required to bring their laptops or tablets but they certainly may want to bring them. If they have their own GPS device (a hand-held Global Positioning System receiver), they are welcome to bring those too.

Course Schedule

8:00 –  8:30Orientation/Course Overview (Kashuba)
8:30 – 9:45American Map Making and its European Roots (Kashuba)
9:45 – 10:15Break
10:15 – 11:30Locating Maps & Intro to Map Analysis (Kashuba)
11:30 – 1:00Lunch
1:00 – 2:15Reading Old Maps, Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library (Kashuba, Smith, K. Powell)
2:15 – 2:45Break
2:45 – 4:00Reading Old Maps, Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library (Kashuba, Smith, K. Powell)


8:30 – 9:45Topographic Maps and Map Reading (Smith)
9:45 – 10:15Break
10:15 – 11:30Intro to Platting and its Application to Genealogical Research (Smith, K. Powell)
11:30 – 1:00Lunch
1:00 – 2:15DeedMapper Software, UGA Science Library Computer Lab (Smith, K. Powell)
2:15 – 2:45Break
2:45 – 4:00Cemetery Maps and Mapping Tombstones (Kashuba)


8:30 – 9:45Military Maps 1 (Strauss)
9:45 – 10:15Break
10:15 – 11:30Military Maps 2 (Strauss)
11:30 – 1:00Lunch
1:00 – 2:15Land Ownership Maps & Atlases (K. Powell)
2:15 – 2:45Break
2:45 – 4:00Land Ownership Maps & Atlases: Document Correlation (K. Powell)


8:00 –  8:30Intro to Global Positioning Systems (GPS) (Kashuba, Smith)
8:30 – 9:45Intro to Global Positioning Systems (GPS) (Kashuba, Smith)
9:45 – 10:15Break
10:15 – 11:30Geographic Information Systems and Genealogical Research, UGA Science Library Computer Lab (Kashuba)
11:30 – 1:00Lunch
1:00 – 2:15Fire Insurance Maps, UGA Main Library Government Docs/Map Room (Strauss)
2:15 – 2:45Break
2:45 – 4:00Urban Maps in Genealogical Research, UGA Main Library Government Docs/Map Room (Kashuba)


8:00 –  9:15Migration Maps (K. Powell)
9:15 – 9:30Break
9:30 – 10:45Introduction to Google’s My Maps, UGA Science Library Computer Lab (Kashuba)
10:45 – 11:00Break
11:00 – 12:00Finish Google’s My Maps/Recap/Certificates-Graduation, UGA Science Library Computer Lab (Kashuba)


Course Faculty

Melinda Kashuba, PhD

Kimberly T. Powell

Gerald H. “Jerry” Smith, CG

Michael L. Strauss, AG