Charles Smith, owner and general manager of Tucson’s Map and Flag Center, will lead a brief discussion on how to identify locations on Topographic and other maps, focusing on known features on the Maps. Among the topics will be how to locate points using Latitude and Longitude as well as using Universal Transverse Mercator (UTM) grid system and a "roamer" to tie in Global Positioning System (GPS) coordinates to a map, and vice versa. The discussion will be tied to demonstrations and questions that may come from the audience. We will identify some of the different sources for maps that may be beneficial to finding your ancestors (if you really want to find them!) and discuss Geographic connections to Genealogy.
Charles combines his love of geography with an interest in genealogy. His mother did extensive research into her family in the 1960s and he has been researching his paternal grandmother’s family. He has found roots in Scotland, Spain, France, Ireland, England, Romania, and Scandinavia.
Marc Kaplan will teach you how to use Google Earth to see your ancestral home as it looks today without leaving the comfort of your home. Google Earth uses a virtual globe using satellite imagery, maps, terrain, 3D buildings, etc. You can virtually levitate to your desired location. Search for location names and much more; even navigate through directions.
|Marc Kaplan and Smokey Bear|
Join us at 9:30 a.m. on October 6 at the University Medical Center College of Medicine, room 2117 for this exciting event. Preregistration is required—you can find the registration form here or pick one up at the general meeting this Saturday, September 15.