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Unpuzzling County Boundary Changes

OnDemand Webinar

By David A. Fryxell

Format: OnDemand Webinar

SKU# T1387


  • You don’t know in which county to find records about your ancestors
  • You want to understand the shifting county boundaries of your ancestor’s home state
  • You want to know which county or other entity had jurisdiction at the time a record was created

Presenter: David A. Fryxell
Duration: 1 hour

As the population proliferated in places your ancestors settled, counties were often cut into a collection of confusing and chaotic pieces: subdivided, renamed and rearranged—potentially wreaking havoc on your knowledge of where to look for records. Early-settler ancestors may have lived in several different counties without ever having moved an inch. This presentation will help you figure out those shifting county boundaries and how to tell which county has the genealogy records you’re searching for.

What You’ll Learn: 

  • How to use historic maps to follow evolving county boundaries 
  • What online tools are able to identify which county holds the records you’re looking for
  • How to use the Map Guide to the U.S. Federal Censuses to track down documents about your ancestors
  • How to use the Atlas of Historical County Boundaries from The Newberry Library
  • And much more!


David A. Fryxell is a longtime genealogy buff. He founded Family Tree Magazine in 1999 and currently serves as a contributing editor. He does genealogy from Silver City, NM. 

SKU T1387
Author/Speaker/Editor David A. Fryxell
File Type MP4
Format OnDemand Webinar
Runtime 1 Hour

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