The Gambia Gazetteers
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Online Gazetteers[edit | edit source]
- FamilySearch Places
- A Gazetteer of the World: Or, Dictionary of Geographical Knowledge, Compiled from the Most Recent Authorities, and Forming a Complete Body of Modern Geography -- Physical, Political, Statistical, Historical, and Ethnographical, Volume 5
- World Gazetteers at Archive.org
- Fuzzy Gazetteer
- CIA World Factbook: The Gambia
Print Only Gazetteers[edit | edit source]
- Gambia; official standard names approved by the United States Board on Geographic Names Washington, 1968
- Official standard names gazetteer / No 107, Gambia. Washington : Department of the Interior, 1968.
- Gambia, The Travel Complete Profile : the All-Inclusive Travel Report for Gambia, The. World Trade Press, Petaluma : World Trade Press, 2010.
Why Use Gazetteers[edit | edit source]
A gazetteer is a dictionary of place-names. Gazetteers list or describe towns and villages, parishes, states, populations, rivers and mountains, and other geographical features. They usually include only the names of places that existed at the time the gazetteer was published. Within a specific geographical area, the place-names are listed in alphabetical order, similar to a dictionary. You can use a gazetteer to locate the places where your family lived and to determine the civil and religious jurisdictions over those places.
There are many places within a country with similar or identical place-names. You will need to use a gazetteer to identify the specific town where your ancestor lived, the state the town was or is in, and the jurisdictions where records about the person was kept.
Gazetteer Contents[edit | edit source]
Gazetteers may also provide additional information about towns, such as:
- Different religious denominations
- Schools, colleges, and universities
- Major manufacturers, canals, docks, and railroad stations
- The population size.
- Boundaries of civil jurisdiction.
- Ecclesiastical jurisdiction(s)
- Longitude and latitude.
- Distances and direction from other from cities.
- Schools, colleges, and universities.
- Denominations and number of churches.
- Historical and biographical information on some individuals (usually high-ranking or famous individuals)