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Gazetteers

So you finally found your family's village or town of origin. Congratulations! But wait a minute -- it's not on any of the maps you've searched. Maybe the name of the town has changed. Time to consult some gazetteers and/or old maps. If you find yourself having to track down a mystery place name, try some of these resources:

Another Way to Use Newspapers in Your Research

Try placing an ad or article in a newspaper in the place where your ancestors lived, asking for information or for the names of people to contact about the family. Be sure to provide enough details about your family for readers to make a possible connection. This technique seems to work especially well overseas, but you'll need to place your request in the local language.