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?
- 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.Â The Sanborn Maps can be found online at The Library of Congress.Â 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:
- Day 1 – Volunteer!
- Day 2 – Genealogy Wikis
- Day 3 – Cemetery Research
- Day 4 – Newspaper Society Pages
- Day 5 – Vertical Files
- Day 6 – Religious Periodicals
- Day 7 – Unplug Your Genealogy
- Day 8 – Cultural Periodicals
- Day 9 – Facebook Groups
- Day 10 – DNA Education
- Day 11 – Funeral Records
- Day 12 – Occupational Records
- Day 13 – School Records
- Day 14 – Civil War Veterans Homes
- Day 15 – War of 1812 Pensions
- Day 16 – Twitter Chats
- Day 17 – Mortality Schedules
- Day 18 – Non-population Schedules
- Day 19 – 1890 Census Fragments
- Day 20 – Tax Records
- Day 21Â – Private Collections
- Day 22 – WorldCat
- Day 23 – Merchant Records
- Day 24 – FlickR
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