01 June 2011

Maps, Maps and More Maps

Maps, Maps and More Maps

Maps are definitely an excellent resource to give us a visual perspective on our ancestors and their lives.  Sometimes they show us neighbors, sometimes it’s which churches or courthouses or cemeteries are near by, etc.

Some fairly “new” (or “new” to us) map resources you might want to check out include:

  • Historical Maps of Nova Scotia -- 55 digitized maps of the Canadian province of Nova Scotia have been placed online by Nova Scotia Archives, dating back to 1613.
  • The Greater Philadelphia GeoHistory Network -- This site contains thousands of old maps, property atlases, city directories, industrial site surveys, and other items documenting the history and development of the city of Philadelphia.
  • nationalatlas.gov – “Maps of America are what you'll find and make on nationalatlas.gov™. Maps of innovation and vision that illustrate our changing Nation. Maps that capture and depict the patterns, conditions, and trends of American life. Maps that supplement interesting articles. Maps that tell their own stories. Maps that cover all of the United States or just your area of interest. Maps that are accurate and reliable from more than 20 Federal organizations. Maps about America's people, heritage, and resources. Maps that will help you, your children, your colleagues, and your friends understand the United States and its place in the world.”
  • Don’t forget to check out the Historic Map Overlays available for Google (Earth) Maps as found at such places as: David Rumsey Map Collection, North Carolina Historic Overlay Maps, Scotland Historical Map Overlays, Henry Hudson 400, the already mentioned Greater Philadelphia GeoHistory Network
Editors Note: Do recognize that you can overlay all kinds of maps and other images onto Google Earth and the above are just easier as you start out since they are designed for that purpose.

Please “comment” and share with your fellow genealogists your favorite web sites for maps!


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