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To learn more about maps in general, go to the Maps Record Page.
Online Maps[edit | edit source]
- David Rumsey Historical Maps Collection
- Old Maps Online Collection
- Library of Congress Maps Collection
- Norman B. Leventhal Map & Education Center at the Boston Public Library
- Perry-Castañeda Library Map Collection
- Harvard University Scanned Maps
- UWM American Geographical Society Library Digital Map Collection
- University of California Berkeley Library
- MapofUS.org. Includes boundary changes map.
- Newberry Library Atlas of Historical County Boundaries
Tips for Using Maps[edit | edit source]
Maps must be used carefully for several reasons: Several types of maps are useful for genealogists. Some give historical background of the area or show migration routes such as roads, rivers, and railroads. Topographical maps show physical features, such as creeks and hills, and man-made features, such as roads, cemeteries, and churches. Plat and land ownership maps and other types of maps are described in United States Maps.
- There are often several places with the same name. You may want to use a Gazetteer to help you.
- The spelling and even names of some towns may have changed since your ancestor lived there.
- Boundaries changed over time. Use historical maps to understand boundary changes.
For more tips and information on using maps, go to the general Maps Record Page.
Types of Maps[edit | edit source]
Different types of maps help you in different ways, for example:
- Historical atlases describe the growth and development of countries, showing boundaries, migration routes, settlement patterns, military campaigns, and other historical information.
- Road atlases are useful because of the detail they provide.
- Other types of maps include: parish maps, state maps, tourist maps, topographical maps, and air navigation maps. City maps are extremely helpful when researching in large cities.
To learn more about different types of maps, go to the general Maps Record Page.
Historical Maps Collections[edit | edit source]
Historical map collections are helpful because they can show you the geography of your ancestor's residence at or around the time they lived there. The following collection is helpful:
For information about this collection see:
- Blake, Janice Gayle, Pre-Nineteenth Century Maps in the Collection of the Georgia Surveyor General Department. (Atlanta, Georgia: Surveyor General Department, 1976.) At various libraries (WorldCat)
- Johnsen, Margaret A, Nineteenth Century Maps in the Collection of the Georgia Surveyor General Department. (Atlanta, Georgia: Surveyor General Department, 1981.) At various libraries (WorldCat)
Family History Library[edit | edit source]
The Family History Library has a series of modern maps from the Surveyor General office:
- Georgia Surveyor General, Surveyor-General's Maps and Maps of Counties of Georgia, Arranged in Alphabetical Order FHL films 465171-2
- Library of Congress, Geography and Map Division, Ward Maps of United States Cities FHL film 1377700, fiche 6016567
- James C. Bonner, Atlas for Georgia History (Milledgeville, Georgia: Georgia College Duplicating Department, 1969) At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL book 975.8 E7b
- Pat Bryant, Georgia Counties: Their Changing Boundaries, Second Edition, revised by Ingrid Shields (Atlanta, Georgia: State Printing Office, 1983) At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL 975.8 E3b Maps that show county formation.
Resources[edit | edit source]
- Jargrett Rare Book & Manuscript Library Maps Database - University of Georgia
- USGS Products $
- Georgia US Census (zip files)
- Modern city, county, and state maps can be purchased from
The Georgia Department of Transportation
Office of Transportation Data
5025 New Peachtree Road
Chamblee, Georgia 30341 $
Fax: (770) 986-1448