September 30th, 2011 at 3:09 pm (Articles)
Finding the right material for research is always essential part of doing genealogy. Blank forms, worksheets, databases, websites, etc. are just a few of the available tools for your use. Maps and charts can also be of help. One item that may give you a better grasp of the area you are researching is a Historical Atlas. There are many types available these days. Your local library would be a great place to find one.
What exactly is a historical atlas? By definition provided by Wikipedia, a historical atlas is the following:
A historical atlas is an atlas that includes historical maps and charts depicting the evolving geopolitical landscape. They are helpful in understanding historical context, the scope and scale of historical events and historical subjects (such as the expansion of the Roman Empire), and macro-history. Some historical atlases try to present the entire history of the world, such as the Historical Atlas of the World, while others are more specialised, for only one time period or location, such as the Historical Atlas of the American West or the Historical Atlas of China. They may also include historical photographs and explanatory text or essays. The first known historical atlas was the Parergon by Abraham Ortelius in 1579, which was a supplement to the Theatrum Orbis Terrarum. William R. Shepherd produced a well-known Historical Atlas in 1911 . Psychiatrist Colin McEvedy was one of the first to produce historical atlases using the same base map throughout many time periods, in his Penguin atlas of history series, which has become common in modern atlases. Recently, historical atlases have been made available online.
Information about the past is gathered and compiled, stored and made available in a variety of ways. One of these ways is historical maps. Historical maps provide a chronology of important events and show the impact these events had on the places where they occurred. Historical maps support and extend information form primary historical resources such as letters, treaties, and census data. Historical maps are summaries of the past events presented in a graphic form.
Most libraries will carry a Historical Atlas, just check the card catalog or ask at the front desk. Here are a few titles that the Sweetwater County Library carries:
Atlas of Islamic World by David Nicolle
Atlas of Medieval Europe by Angus Konstam
Atlas of Russian History from 800 B.C. to the present day by Martin Gilbert
Atlas of the World in the age of discovery, 1453-1763 by Duncan Townson
Atlas of World History edited by R. R. Palmer
Historical Atlas by William R. Shepherd
Historical Atlas of the Celtic World by Angus Konstam
Historical Atlas of the World by Rand McNally