Whether you are doing a house history, learning the history of a locale, helping with an application for a historic property, etc, historical context plus documentary & non-textual resources are invaluable.
I stumbled across a neat GIS web service (aka map) (HPOWEB) for NC created by The North Carolina State Historic Preservation Office
“This service was created by the State Historic Preservation Office as an aid to planning and research. Site locations and boundaries are drawn from georeferenced scans of National Register and historic property survey maps supplemented with aerial photography, county tax parcel layers, and other sources. Data layers in this map are updated daily from the current HPO geodatabase. ARCHAEOLOGICAL DATA ARE NOT INCLUDED IN THIS SERVICE.”
It’s a really neat resource to see what properties have been identified. Run your cursor over any “shape” on the map and you will see more details about the identified property and if it is listed in the National Register, there will be a link to its application.
This information can be invaluable to genealogists. For example, assume my family lived in the vicinity of a structure which had been identified as existing at the time when they lived in the area. If there are extant records for that historic property, might there be a mention of my family?
Has your community, county or state created a similar map showing identified historic properties?
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