Unfamiliar Territory: Researching in a New (to you) Geographic Area

Learn tips for beginning research in an unfamiliar geographic area through the example of the Scroggins and Dimick families in Southern Illinois.

  1. Conducting a Geographic Survey
    • How to get familiar with the counties, towns, and other geographic features
    • Discussion on maps and geographic resources
  2. Conducting a Records-Availability Survey
    • Demonstration on ways to determine the records that are available, both online and off using FamilySearch, Ancestry, County government websites, local libraries and universities, and ArchiveGrid.
  3. Creation of a research guide including tools, websites, and styles