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March 06, 2012


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Wow! I love old maps, but never thought to do this, Marian! Thank you for such a great reminder. Clearly I'm going to be glued to this computer for awhile.

In Nova Scotia, Manitoba & BC I have streets named after Whiddens. Saskatchewan names a lake after soldiers KIA.

Cheers, Ray
Edmonton AB CAN

What a brilliant idea. I typed in 'STEINKE, Queensland' and instantly found a Steinke Road near Laidley. My extended STEINKE family lived in many places in the Lockyer Valley, so with this uncommon surname I didn't even need to specify a town.

Most countries have a government board which approves geographic names for places and features (but not usually streets). For the U.S. the website is: http://geonames.usgs.gov/pls/gnispublic/f?p=132:1:2287917080647731
Try your ancestor's surname. I found one branch of my family at Farrell Corners this way. They had left Ireland after the others and had lost touch somehow.
Often the queries can be set to search for former names or "local" names.

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