Monday, November 21, 2011

Mappy Monday - Favorite Sites

Over the weekend a Twitter friend found a map listed on the resources tab of this blog. As a result she made a discovery and sent a message of thanks.

I have done several posts about maps since they are one of my favorite tools to understand our ancestors lives and movements. You may already know of their existence, but hopefully the links will be helpful to fellow researchers.

Civil War Trust map page -You will find materials from every battle, several animated maps, and links to other Civil War map sites. I particularly liked the animated maps as I am a visual learner

David Rumsey Map Collection - "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."

Historical Maps of Pennsylvania - Images of the region and state from the 16th to the 21st century. The maps are organized chronologically, with road maps separate, and can be accessed using the links below.

The Library of Congress Map Collection - The collection consists of more than 4.5 million items organized in seven major categories. Those being cities and towns, conservation and environment, discovery and exploration, cultural landscapes, military battles and campaigns, transportation and communication and general maps.

Map History/History of Cartography - Old maps, early maps— non-current maps in general—are the subject of this site with over 6,500 annotated links.

Norman B. Leventhal Map Center at the Boston Library - The website states their mission is to collect and preserve maps and atlases to promote research and make resources available to the public. The collection consists of 200,000 historical maps and 5,000 atlases. New images are added to the site weekly. Images are searchable by subject, place, date or author.

Perry-CastaƱeda Library Map Collection - This collection has more than 250,000 maps covering all areas of the world. There are more than 11,000 map images from the collection available online. This online database is one of the resources found on The University of Texas at Austin website

State of Delaware Historic Maps - Historical maps of Delaware and the Mid-Atlantic region, ranging from 1688 to the 20 th Century.

United States Digital Map Collection - The site states their goal "to make available to genealogists, useful, readable, high quality maps."

Happy Mappy Monday!


  1. Thanks...all in one handy blog. And I haven't used a couple of them. Looking forward to exploring!

  2. Maps are seriously underrated.

    My husband's Great Grandmother migrated to the USA in 1905. I had details of where she and her new husband lived from the census records and from details that my father in law had. What I didn't have was any idea of when she passed away and where she was buried.

    Using Google maps I located the area & address of where she was last identified as living. From the map I was able to pin point the nearest cemetery and then did a google search to see if any records were on line. I hit jackpot as the records were on line and I did find the burial confirmed for her.

    So maps and a bit of lateral thinking and we made it!