Register Recording Historic Welsh Place Names Launched

The following teaser is from the May 8, 2017 BBC News.

Plas Glynllifon was offered for sale under the name Wynnborn mansion.

A new register recording historical Welsh place names to protect them for future generations has been launched. About 350,000 names are already recorded on the online tool, thought to be the first of its kind in the UK.

The register will provide insights into land use, the archaeology and history of Wales and reflects how place names have evolved. Economy Secretary Ken Skates said the statutory list would help “keep these precious names alive”. It was introduced as a requirement as part of the Welsh Government’s Historic Environment (Wales) Act.

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Thanks to ResearchBuzz for the heads-up.

Billy the Kid Photo Expected to Sell for Over Six Million Dollars

The following teaser is from an article published October 14, 2015 by the Telegraph and posted to the National Post website:


NEW YORK – Billy the Kid, the Wild West gunslinger, is usually associated with a Colt single-action .44 calibre, not the genteel English elegance of a varnished oak croquet mallet.

However an extremely rare photograph of the legendary outlaw leaning on a croquet mallet has emerged – only the second known photo of The Kid, whose real name is Henry McCarty, thought to exist.

The photo shows McCarty playing croquet with his gang of Lincoln County Regulators in late summer 1878.

It was bought by collector Randy Guijarro for US$2 from a California junk shop in 2010 and will now be sold by Kagin’s auctioneers for an estimated US$6.5 million.

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gpc225George Cram’s Unrivaled Atlas of the World contains an index of over 100,000 place names of “every county, city, town, village, and post-office in the United States and shows the population of the same according to the Census of 1890.American Place Names Of Long Ago is a republication of the Index to Cram’s Unrivaled Atlas of the World, as Based on the Census of 1890. Assembled and with an Introduction by Gilbert S. Bahn, Ph.D.

So why an index, a list, of places names from over 120 years ago? Well, when you consider how many nineteenth-century place names have changed or disappeared in the intervening years, and that 45 percent of the places listed in this index were too small or obscure to have their population counts listed by the census taker, the importance of such a work is self-evident. Indeed, there may be no official record of many of these places, and Cram’s index may be the only tool to guide you from an obscure location to the correct county courthouse.

Bahn further explains the value and purpose of this index:

“There are a variety of reasons why a place name that served its purpose well enough long ago may not be found in a modern finding tool. When one is looking for persons—one’s own ancestors or someone else’s—the story behind the disappearance of a place name is immaterial. Just finding where on a map that place was, in order to search for records, is the objective. Moreover, as I believe always to be the case in American genealogy, the test is to place the locality within the correct county where the appropriate records may be expected to reside—if they were indeed created and if they survived over time.”

Cram had the benefit of working with the 1890 census before it was destroyed. According to Gilbert Bahn, census enumerators listed all place names on their tabulation sheets, even when the population counts were too small to warrant recording. Thus, Cram was able to compile an extremely detailed list of place names–and an accurate list, at that, because the names were recorded by local enumerators and automatically tied in to their respective counties! It is fair to say that the compilation of such a list would have been impossible without the 1890 census.

The original index as published in the 1898 edition of Cram’s Unrivaled Atlas occupied 106 pages, each with six columns. For purposes of this reprint edition, the six columns have been rearranged into three; otherwise there has been no change to the original text. Each entry, in alphabetical order within states, gives the place name, the county in which the place is located, and the population of the place at the time of the census. State capitals and large cities are in caps, county seats are in boldface, post offices are in roman type, and places that are not post offices are rendered in italics. Places that were too small for a population count are indicated by an X.

This index is an unexpectedly rich source of information, and thanks to Dr. Bahn we are now able to place it before an appreciative audience.


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Switzerland Place Name Indexes (In English & auf Deutsch)

Finding cities, towns, and other places by name is not always as simple a task as one might expect. For genealogists researching their ancestral origins, a lack of familiarity with local human geography of foreign countries along with language barriers and name changes, can make the research process all the more difficult. Having a complete list of place names for a given country has obvious value. Having a reverse alphabetical index may be even more valuable.

Reverse indexes help researchers uncover town names when they have partial names but not complete names. Specifically, when they have the last part of a name, but not the first part. This happens more often than you may think. Over time, documents are damaged from weather, water, bugs, mold, over-tight bindings, and more. Ink blots and poor imaging, for electronic and microfilmed resources, may also attribute to the loss of information. Misspelling may also mislead researchers. A reverse alphabetical index may help uncover towns and locations, filling in missing or damaged information.

Switzerland Place Name Indexes is a CD based index to locations in Switzerland, providing both English and German spellings. The disc includes, among other searches, both alphabetical and reverse alphabetical indexes. If fact, this tool offers the identification of correct place name spellings through four different search options:

  1. Alphabetical Indexes: For all of Switzerland or by canton, search for a specific set of letters in the standard alphabetical order.
  2. Reverse alphabetical indexes: For all of Switzerland or by canton, search for a specific set of letters at the end of a place name.
  3. Interior searches: For all of Switzerland or by canton, search for any combination of consecutive letters (such as -berg-) in any position of the place name.
  4. Parish affiliation search: Determine the parish to which any given town in Switzerland belongs.

This CD-ROM is compatible with any PC Windows browser. The program is completely bilingual, so that users who read both German and English can enjoy the search options. Instructions for the use of the reverse alphabetical indexes are provided, as is a map of the cantons of Switzerland. Any researcher with a desktop or a laptop computer featuring a CD-ROM drive can now perform these searches in seconds and solve the mysteries of spellings for place names in Switzerland.

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