10 November 2011

HistoryGeo -- Family Maps of Historical Land-Ownership Now Online!

I am a sucker for maps.  One can never look at too many maps, either when driving (sorry Tom Tom and you just aren’t always correct!) or doing genealogy and history research!

There is another new “player” on the market for map viewing – HistoryGeo.  This is a mix of free and subscription access to maps.

What’s different about this site is that a large part of the map collection is based on the “Family Maps of xxxx” as produced by Arphax Publishing!  These are those wonderful map books, by county, based on original land-ownership maps.  To date such books have been published for 500 U.S. counties.

Whenever I need to research a Federal Land Grant state, I quickly look and see if Arphax has published such a book – to be able to get some immediate context on “where” they lived, who their neighbors were and so much more really helps with the research.  Many a time I learned from these maps that someone was living right at a county and/or state border and then lo and behold, I then also found them in records for the adjacent county and/or state!

This site is still in its infancy and so expect more and more to be added to it with time.  If you are not familiar with this map series, check out the “free” maps section (you need to be registered to use – which is free). There are sample maps from Leake County Mississippi and Putnam County Indiana along with some other maps.

If you visit the site and play around with its viewer and maps, please let us know how it went!

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