Including research of map collections is vital to your genealogy reserach. Place your ancestors on the map to learn about migration, land ownership & more. #mapcollections #genealogy #ancestry #areyoumycousin
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31 Days of “Out of the Box” Genealogy Tips – Map Collections

July 2018 is completely focused on providing you with genealogy tips that are …..well,….”out of the box”.

Welcome to DAY 25 of the 31 Days of “Out of the Box” Genealogy Tips series! Need to start at the beginning of the series or catch up? Start here.

DAY 25 – Finding Map Collections

Location! Location! Location!

It’s important when buying or selling a home, AND it’s important in your genealogy research.

Using maps in your genealogy research help to

  • Track an ancestor’s migration route
  • Find towns that no longer exist or that went by a different name at a different point in history
  • Locate and confirm an ancestor’s land
  • Indicate boundary line changes for towns and counties

What types of map benefit the genealogy researcher?

  • Atlases
  • Fire Insurance Maps (Ex. The Sanborn Maps)
  • City and Town Maps
  • Military Maps
  • Land Ownership Maps

Locate maps to use in your genealogy research by checking map collections for state and university archives. Many are online.  The Sanborn Maps can be found online at The Library of Congress.  Don’t miss the Dave Rumsey Map collection, too!

Now It’s Your Turn!

Explore map collections for the locations where your ancestors lived!

Check out previous posts in the 31 Days of Out of the Box Genealogy Tips:

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Including research of map collections is vital to your genealogy reserach. Place your ancestors on the map to learn about migration, land ownership & more. #mapcollections #genealogy #ancestry #areyoumycousin

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