Monday, June 27, 2011

David Rumsey Adds 1,676 New Maps! - Mappy Monday


In several earlier posts I wrote about the David Rumsey Map Collection. This website is a wonderful resource for every type of map imaginable. A brief description from the site states:

"The historical map collection has over 22,000 maps and images online. The collection focuses on rare 18th and 19th century North American and South American maps and other cartographic materials. Historic maps of the World, Europe, Asia, and Africa are also represented."

Yesterday the site's blog announced 1,676 new maps have been added to the collection!

One of the most interesting additions is the Insurance Maps of San Francisco, 1905. These maps show the city just months before The Great Earthquake and Fire of 1906.

The collection that really caught my eye was the 1834 Map of the States Of Ohio, Indiana and Illinois with the settled part of Michigan. My husband's ancestors settled in this region just before that time period. How exciting to have access to maps of the area where they may have resided.

Another new feature discovered recently on the site:

"With Luna Imaging's Insight® software, the maps are experienced in a revolutionary way. Multiple maps from different time periods can be viewed side-by-side. Viewers can also create their own collections of maps that hold particular interest by saving groups of images. Complete cataloging data accompany each image, enabling in-depth searches of the collection."

David Rumsey Map Collection is a treat for any family historian. Happy Mappy Monday!

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