A Gazetteer for the United States and Canada
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We love planning trips and taking to the road: touring, searching for roadside attractions, meeting people, exploring places from our family history and researching the genealogy of our family. It's best when they can be combined.
Most trips have been wonderful experiences and a few could have used more planning. Sometimes, luck decided our day. No matter the occasional surprise, we love travel.
Our interests and experiences have led us to build this website as a Gazetteer (an encyclopedia of communities and places - and whatever else catches our fancy). It's a tool that helps us to plan our travel and pursue our family history. Our interests have grown and we find ourselves collecting ever more information about the communities of America and Canada. We want to share this information and we hope it will be of use to you.
Just a note about our Gazetteer, we use the term 'Community' loosely. Where you might expect that we would include only cities, towns and villages in our Gazetteer, we have a broader interest that includes named places where a group of people gathered for an extended periods of time.
These communities include mining and lumber camps, landings, seasonal fishing villages, railway stations, rural post offices, stage coach stations and ferry crossings. We also include places like named localities where loose communities of people came together - an example might be a place like a hollow or a crossroad.
Building on our framework, we will continue to add more detailed information. It's a big task, it's going to take years and although we're trying to be as careful as we can, there will be mistakes. If you have any suggestions, recommendations or corrections, please don't hesitate to contact us.
We hope that our interests, experiences and thoughts will be of use to you.