FamilySearch’s Genealogy Place Database: Changing Toponymns Across Time and Place

Authors: Samuel Otterstrom*, Brigham Young University, Daniel Reeves, FamilySearch
Topics: Historical Geography, Cultural Geography, Geographic Information Science and Systems
Keywords: family history, historical geography, toponymy
Session Type: Poster
Day: 4/4/2019
Start / End Time: 1:10 PM / 2:50 PM
Room: Lincoln 2, Marriott, Exhibition Level
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FamilySearch is the world leader of open source genealogical data and hosts a user-contributed Family Tree that contains over one billion names. FamilySearch has also developed an extensive place database, which is designed to be used within the genealogical database. The FamilySearch Places database contains over six million individual searchable/usable place descriptions. This database is being expanded and updated by professionals and volunteers alike. In this poster, we show some examples of the research application of this tool such as tracking the renaming of places at specific times of national or international geopolitical events that might provide evidence of local impacts of those larger stage happenings.

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