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Geographical Info, Maps & More

Geographical information can often be invaluable to use in our research. There are places that no longer exist, state and county lines were in flux in the early days of our country, migration patterns are very important and geography is essential to genealogical research. Maps are a wonderful aid to this geographical research. So this page will concentrate on geographical links, map links and some info on how this can be of help to you.

Land Measurements:

  • Chain - 66 feet
  • Pole - 16 1/2 feet
  • Rod - 4.40 yards or 16.50 feet
  • Link - 7.92 inches

US Geographic Information

  • About Geography - Links to both geographical and map sites. Lots of great stuff!
  • Color Landform Atlas of the United States - Each state link brings up a menu of links to maps and other online information about the state.
  • Geographic Name Server - Find location, county name and zip code.
  • Boundaries of the United States and the Several States with an animated GIF map of the Settlement of the United States
  • The Division of Territory in Society - a free, online book about territorial division.
  • Atlases and Gazetteers - look ups
  • Cyndi's List of Canals, Rivers and Waterways

Maps

  • Ancestry.com's Map Center - Ancestry.com features several hundred historical maps from all areas of the world, including helpful jurisdictional maps for every U.S. state.
  • About Geography - Links to both geographical and map sites. Lots of great stuff!
  • Historical Maps of the United States - From The Perry-Castaņeda Library Map Collection
  • Historical Map Web Sites - Links to Map Site from The Perry-Castaņeda Library Map Collection
  • U.S. Territorial Maps 1775-1920
  • The National Atlas of the United States of America - design and explore your own map
  • U.S. Surname Distribution - The source of this data is the 1850 Census, 1880 Census, 1920 Census, and 1990's phone books. Note that the Census data is a sampling of 1 in 100 names, so the 1990 data is the most accurate.

 

 

 

 

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