Places Not on the Map

Newspaper gossip columns may reference “neighborhoods” that have no clearly defined boundaries and do not appear on a map. This can be a problem anywhere as both rural and urban neighborhoods can have nicknames. Determining where these areas are approximately located is not impossible. The easiest solution is to ask area residents if they know where the area is or was located. Researchers familiar with the area may be able to help as well. Local libraries, historical and genealogical societies may also be able to provide suggestions. If those approaches are not successful, look for names of “residents” in contemporary census records and see where they are enumerated. That can also provide a general idea of where the place may be.