We have been working on our Gazetteer for a long time and while we have collected a lot of information, there is much yet to be done. Keep in mind that whenever we find the mention of a community, we simply add it to our list so that we can go back and do further research. While this has proven a good way of finding communities, it has created many more questions than answers. If you can, we would appreciate your help in answering these accumulating questions.
For whatever it's worth, we have been asked many times why don't we just look-up the information ourselves (like from Wikipedia). Our list contains over 160,000 communities and in fact, we spend most of the day doing those searches. At a guess, we figure that it will take nearly a decade to go through the list just once. As you can imagine, any additional help is really appreciated.
Given its bulk, our data obviously contains scattered errors. The majority of the errors come from reference documents that should have been definitive. Some occur while entering our findings and others result from our methodologies. The problem is identifying the errors. As you read through our pages about Good Hope and find errors, please let us know - we are working to be as accurate as we can.
The last point that we want to make is that we do our updates in blocks and with over 160,000 communities in our Gazetteer, it can be months between updates. We just wanted to warn you that if you sent us a note today, it may be days, months or even longer before the correction actually appears on our Gazetteer. While this seems to be a long time, please remember that it's just my wife and myself doing the work.
Our Wishlist For Good Hope ...
In the case of Good Hope, we are searching for the following information.
- We believe that Good Hope is Historic. While we have added Good Hope to our Gazetteer, we have very little information about it. For example, we don't know how large it was. Was it a cluster of houses and buildings or was the community scattered throughout the area. Have all traces of Good Hope been erased or is there some kind of indication of where it was located?
- We dont't have the GPS coordinates for Good Hope and would appreciate help in finding its location. The easiest way to find the latitude and longitude is to visit our Interactive Map for Good Hope
On the map, we usually switch to 'Satellite' mode and zoom-in as needed. You can then move the Map Marker to the desired location (you'll see a cross-hair as you move the Marker). When you release the Marker, the Latitude/Longitude for the Marker will be found just below the map and to the right. Just copy/paste those numbers into your note.
- How do the people of Good Hope refer to themselves (also known as a Denomyn)?<1> For example, a person from California is called a Californian. In the same way, how would a resident of Good Hope be called?
- What is the story behind the name of Good Hope (also known as a Toponym)?
- Are there alternate names for Good Hope, variations in the spelling, etc?
- Are there nicknames, slogans or sobriquets for Good Hope? For example, Good Hope might declare itself to be The Happiest Place in Shasta County.
- We are looking for descriptions from old books (1800s thru early 1900s), such as Gazetteers and Shipping Guides, that describe Good Hope. If you have such a description, please send it to us with the name and year of the book that it came from. If available, please include the author and publisher of the book.
- Are there cemeteries in the area? Whether they are large or small, famous or forgotten, we would appreciate it if you would send us their name and GPS coordinates (the latitude/longitude). Even if you don't know the name of a cemetery, please send its coordinates - somebody, someplace, may know its name.
In closing, thank you for any help you can provide. While it might take time for everything to appear on our website, it will make it eventually.