26 June 2014

National Atlas Being Combined With National Map

Don’t you hate it when you learn that something is disappearing when you didn’t even know it existed?

Though I love maps and know of many map resources, I really didn’t have the National Atlas on my radar.  Now, come 30 September 2014 it will be no more when it is combined with The National Map.

The announcement states ...

We recognize that not having the same access to information about the population, economy, infrastructure, natural resources, environment, government, and history of the Nation, organized for display on national and regional maps, may place a burden on USGS customers. Please take advantage of the remaining months to browse and download anything you need from the National Atlas.

So, I went and played around with the map layers available which include a History layer called Territorial Acquisitions, a Boundaries layer called Indian Lands, a Geology layer called Earthquakes (1568-2009), and many more layers.  Granted, most of the information encompasses from say the mid 1980s to the present and as mentioned, there are are layers relevant to our historical research needs.

There is also a section on articles and I found the History of Railroads and Maps (Parts 1, 2, and 3) very interesting.

So, don’t almost be like me and find that this resource has disappeared before you even knew it existed !

Do you know of a soon to disappear resource that might interest family history enthusiasts ?

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