Are you researching your family history? Historical maps can be an exceptional tool when you are beginning a genealogy research project. Because maps can give you important details about business and property ownership, they can be a significant source of information. This information can tell you what and whom you need to research to learn more. The goal of this site is to help you discover important information to get started.
Each State page contains rotating animated maps showing all of the county boundary changes & all of the county boundaries for each census year for each year. Past and present maps of US are overlaid so that you can see the changes in county boundaries, downloadable County D.O.T. Maps, and state atlas maps.
National Geographic has launched a Web site for easy printing of USGS topographic maps. “If you’ve ever gone hunting topo maps via the USGS, you know that it can be a bit of a pain because, not only is finding the quad you’re looking for more difficult, the PDFs they have available aren’t formatted for standard printer paper. The National Geographic website solves both of these issues.”
The Digital Library of Georgia offers an impressive amount of Georgia history and culture in a growing collection of digitized books, photographs, manuscripts, newspapers, maps and government documents. Although the library is based at the University of Georgia, it is accessible from just about anywhere.
The Digital Library of Georgia isn’t a single entity. It’s a number of collections maintained by different agencies and organizations. Fortunately most of it is accessible through the online library. The Digital Library has a very nice section for Genealogical Resources. It links you to records in the Georgia Archives and provides lists – with links – to Georgia genealogical societies, Georgia GenWeb sites, the Georgia Historical Society and the genealogical section of the NARA’s Southeast Region facility in Atlanta. You’ll also find links to interesting collections and other Georgia repositories containing genealogical information.
Another fascinating place to visit is the New Georgia Encyclopedia. In the Georgia Web Resources section you will find links to the Georgia Newspapers Archive, Georgia Stories, the Historical Marker Index, Sanborn Maps (1884-1922) and Vanishing Georgia. You’ll also find a link to the treasure chest in Georgia’s Virtual Vault. The Vault contains Headright and Bounty Plats of Survey (1783-1909), Militia Enrollment Lists from 1864, Service Summary Cards from the Spanish-American War, Colonial Estate Records and much more.
The Digital Library of Georgia beautifully demonstrates how far you can go without leaving your desk.
We already know that Flickr is more than just a photo-sharing platform. It is also an impressive online gallery for a growing number of the world’s prestigious institutions. You can find some truly amazing things here – like these historical maps. If you are looking for historical maps and images to support your research, take a look at the very searchable collections in Flickr Commons.