Have you thought about keeping a list of place names you encounter in a specific geographic area so that you don’t have to search for them every time you find a reference to them?

I have several maps for the county where I grew up and for various other areas where family members lived. When looking at maps for one specific area, many have the same place names listed. But there is some variation in which place names are on which map, depending upon the time period and the purpose. I’ve also encountered references to place names in newspapers and other print sources.

A list of place names in a specific region, their location (as specific as I can get), the time period, and the source of the place name may be an excellent item to add to my list of references for the area. Of course there are online and print sources of place names that I should reference as well, but the creation of my own list may help give me a better understanding of the area.



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