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Are you Lost? Using Maps, Gazetteers and Directories for British Isles Research

Paul Milner, FUGA, MDiv
Sep 3, 2019
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Speaker's Introduction
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Maps Gazetteers DIrectories
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About this webinar

Learn what maps, gazetteers and directories are available for researching your ancestors in the British Isles. Learn from examples how to make good use of these tools to find where your ancestors are, what they did, when, where, and why they may have moved.

About the speaker

About the speaker

Paul Milner, a native of northern England, is a professional genealogist and internationally known lecturer with 30 years’ experience, specializing in British Isles research. Here’s the backstory about Paul:
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  1. Legacy Family Tree
    5 years ago

    5 is not high enough for such a great webinar, more like 25! Want to start map hunting for my family right now.

    Absolutely brilliant. Unfortunately I had a driver deliver goods during the broadcast so I’m looking forward to printing out the syllabus & listening to the whole broadcast again (& then getting a map, or 2 or 3……). Thank you for another wonderful webinar.

    Although I actually find maps very boring, I found the presentation to be excellent. The speaker spoke clearly and not too fast and I learnt some interesting things. -However I found it very amusing that he stated the area in England where his accent was from – to me it sounded definitely like a US accent. ;-).

    Amazing! More please!

    Answered some questions about my Scottish and Irish ancestry. The info on maps was excellent and helpful. Opens a whole new area of research. Thank you.

    As always Paul Milner is such an interesting speaker – extremely knowledgable and a great teacher. Many thanks!

    Brilliant webinar with lots of ideas to follow up using maps from researching family history.

    Didn’t know that many Maps existed!

    Excellent presentation and maps, etc. will make it easier to relate to ancestral locations!

    Excellent subject – well researched and presented. Lots of new resources to explore. Thank you

    Excellent. Excellent. Maps are my favorite, followed by photographs, and paintings of street scenes from the area where my ancestors lived.

    Excellent. love maps!

    Exceptional webinar up there with the best that I have had an equal balance of new material learnt and enjoyed the presentation. I thought I knew maps and gazetteers, but now I am on a new train!!!

    Extremely rich in detailed information and advice presented in clear and interesting fashion interspersed with personal anecdotes! Great presentation! Loved it! Has inspired me to examine maps, gazeteers and directories to knock down some long-standing brick walls! Many thanks!

    Extremely well presented. So much information to follow up and research. Very helpful syllabus.

    Eye opening talk explaining the need for using the maps from various times to see the changes over time. Looking forward to exploring all the links in the handout.

    Fabulous! Not enough time in the day to use everything for research such as these maps. 🙂

    Fantastic- I was mesmerized by the way he explained how to use all the different types of maps in our genealogy.

    Fascinating. Another lecture that shows how very little I know and how Very much there is still out there to learn LOL

    G’day Geoff, once again thanks for including a very knowledge presenter in the Down Under Series

    good advice on using maps to flesh out family history.

    Great intro for me on this topic! Now to do some digging!

    Great overview of the topic; so many variations on the topic of maps!

    Great relevant information. The tin mines of Cornwall was a research bonus for me.

    Great teacher! Gave me a clearer picture of maps and a reason to get more information on and about maps. What a valuable resource I have overlooked. Thank you Mr Milner and Webinar education director. More please.

    great topic – great handout

    Great webinar! I can’t wait to try the National Library of Scotland for maps for my ancestors – I didn’t know about that resource before. & I loved Paul’s stories. Thanks so much to Paul, Geoff & Legacy.

    Great webinar! Can’t wait to search for more maps and do as he did, use maps, census and modern images. Thanks 🙂

    Great webinar. Thanks

    Had no idea that maps were so plentiful and are available for so many years in the past.

    He made what could have been a dry subject personable.


    I can see how maps will enhance my genealogy searches

    I enjoyed learning about what maps were available online. I liked the specific detail that was given.

    I had no idea that maps were available going back so far in history, I will be searching for those applicable to my ancestors. Very impressed by Paul’s knowledge of history and geography. Thank you.

    Interesting topic, well researched, good examples & handout

    Lots more for me to look into! Thank you!

    lots more things to look for

    Love maps – so loved this webinar. Paul is very knowledgeable and easy to listen to. Great stories!

    Love Mr Milner, fascinating topic!

    Love Paul, he knows his stuff. And maps can tell you so much!

    Loved the webinar, I have a passion for mapping

    Many map types I hadn’t heard of before!

  2. Legacy Family Tree
    5 years ago

    Maps and modern color photography really enhanced the presentation.

    need more detail of where to find resources but very interesting.

    never realised how useful all kinds of maps can be 🙂

    Nice overview of the mapping resources available.

    Paul always does a great a thorough presentation

    Paul helped so much with finding maps and then how to decipher them. I enjoyed his presentation style and his information. Thanks to all who made this happen.

    Paul is a great speaker – I have heard him in person a number of times in Sydney, Australia and you always learn something. I would listen to him on any topic!

    Paul is always an excellent speaker/teacher. He covers the topics well and slowly enough to take notes and see what he’s talking about. I’m going directly to look at the National Library of Scotland website!

    Paul is one of my favorite lecturers on Englsih research. He is very knoweldgeable and adds a lot of local color to his presentations. Great job to Paul!

    Paul Milner’s Webinar was a must see!

    Paul obviously enjoys maps and makes it very interesting for other folks. Thank you!

    Really good range of knowledge from broader brush to very detailed

    Somehow I missed seeing the syllabus before the start. I will search for it now as I expect it to round out the information sources.

    Thank You, most relevant ‘down under’ yet for me. Land records both in Australia & Overseas (online of course) have given me a heap of leads & data to research.

    That was an excellent presentation. Thanks Paul

    That was totally amazing. I learned a lot. Thanks so much.

    This was so enlightening. Paul’s delivery is very nice.

    Very clear and entertaining presentation.

    Very Helpful

    Very informative and interesting. Thank you!

    Very informative! Would like to hear more from him.

    Very interesting and informative!

    Very interesting!

    Very useful syllabus.

    Very well presented. Must go and search for some English maps.

    very well presented; loved all the examples and the use of new digital tools to enhance the use of the maps!

    What a wealth of new knowledge for my research into my family’s past! Thank you.

    Wonderful information and the correct pace.

    Wonderful information, great variety of maps

    Wonderful information. You can bring Paul back any time.

    Wonderful talk and a great syllabus


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