These are some possible ways that GIS could be used to enhance genealogical research. If you have ideas you’d like to add to the list, let me know and I’ll list them here!
- Geocode and Time code resources so that they can be queried by time and place
- Censuses down to ED
- Church Records
- Cemeteries (Which dates and geographic areas did they serve)
- Newspapers (distribution range over time)
- Based on the location and time show record inheritance
- When counties split, one county is usually designated as the recipient of existing records
- Same for parishes/etc.
- Use migration, ship and other information to provide likely paths between points
- If you know Ireland 1871 and Pennsylvania 1880 show likely migration paths between the two locations
- With ship’s passenger lists linked
Open Geo Portal (or another geo portal) could be used to geotag resources:
Open Geo Portal
- Example: http://geodata.tufts.edu/