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06 June 2011

Mapping Madness with Ron Arons – Saturday, July 16, 2011

Saturday, July 16, 2011
1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

California Genealogical Society Library
2201 Broadway, Suite LL2
Oakland, CA 94612

Member and author Ron Arons will discuss numerous websites where one can find historical maps and he will review two Goliaths of online mapping: Microsoft and Google as well as other interesting online, map-oriented tools including Microsoft's MapCruncher.

Hands-on learning: Ron will provide instructions/excercises for using a number of the online tools discussed during the lecture.

This class is limited to forty participants and is a free benefit of membership. Non-members fee is $20.00 (non-refundable) and can be applied towards membership on the day of the class.

Preregistration is required. Walk-ins will not be admitted. Registration confirmations will be sent to the first forty participants to register. Additional names will be collected and placed on a waiting list in case of cancellations.

Register online.

Born and raised in New York, Ron Arons has traced his roots to England, Poland, Romania, the Ukraine, Belarus and Lithuania. In researching his book, The Jews of Sing Sing, Ron took a genealogical approach, collecting a variety of original source documents. The book includes biographies of more than a dozen famous gangsters and lesser-known criminals and paints a broad canvas of Jewish criminality in New York City. Ron's newest book is Wanted! U.S. Criminal Records: Sources and Research Methodology.

Copyright © 2011 by Kathryn M. Doyle, California Genealogical Society and Library


Randy Majors said...

Your members who are interested in mapping may find useful a tool I've built to show historical county boundaries. As nearly everyone has encountered in their research, your ancestors may have stayed in the same place, but the county boundaries moved around them. The tool can help ensure you're looking in the correct county for historical records as of a given year.

The tool is webpage that lets you type any PRESENT-day Place and a HISTORICAL Year, and see the county boundaries then in effect. Once you see county boundaries on the map, click inside any county to see its name and details.

The tool is here:

Further details can be found here: