your ancestor's residence can help your genealogical research in many ways. For
example, you'll be able to identify the nearest courthouse, cemeteries,
churches, schools, roads and navigable rivers. Neighbors may have migrated with
your family from a different state, and most people married a person who lived
nearby. Plotting your ancestor's land may reveal portions he inherited, perhaps
from his wife's family, thereby providing a missing maiden name. We may be able
to find a map that shows the outline of your ancestor's buildings on his
borders of towns, counties and states have evolved over time. We can help you
identify the changes in boundaries which would affect where the records you seek
types of maps helpful to genealogists are plat books, township atlases, land
entry maps, Sanborn Fire Insurance maps, historical atlases, highway maps,
topographical maps, census enumeration districts, city ward maps, and aerial
a town or other geographical landmark on a map.
a town or place that no longer exists.
my ancestor's land.
the boundaries of townships, counties, etc. at a particular point in time.
me the correct abbreviation for a state, Canadian province or foreign county.
have a legal description of where the land was located, can you show me where it
is on a modern map?
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