Maps and Land Records

Atlas of Historical County Boundaries

Bureau of Land Management Land Office Records – free, searchable database of land records beginning in 1820.

DeedMapper – Have you ever tried to make heads or tails out of the old “metes and bounds” property surveys? DirectLine Software sells DeedMapper, which will actually plot out the shape of a piece of property as described in the deed.  I used this program a number of years ago to solve my Miller problem in Virginia. Since then, the newer version includes the ability to integrate it into GoogleEarth.


HistoryPin – upload your own photos to show how it used to look

USGS Maps, Imagery and Publications

WhatWasThere – similar to HistoryPin where you can upload photos to show how a building or street used to look

Here are sites that have large collections covering multiple, if not all, states:

OldMapsOnline – This portal has links to historical maps around the world.

University of Texas, Perry-Castaneda Library Map Collection

David Rumsey Map Collection

Bureau of Land Management Land Patents 

Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps

Historical Topographic Maps

Library of Congress

Historic USGS Maps of New England and New York at the University of New Hampshire

For those researching in Canada:

Library and Archives Canada

State Collections:

Alaska Digital Archives
California State University, Chico
University of Connecticut
University of Delaware
University of Florida
University of Georgia
University of Idaho
Illinois – University of Chicago Library
Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis
Kansas – Wichita State University
Kentucky – University of Louisville
Louisiana Digital Library
Maine at UNH
University of Maryland
University of Massachusetts Lowell Libraries
University of Michigan
Minnesota Digital Library
Missouri – The Kansas City Public Library
Nebraska – Omaha Public Library
University of Nevada, Las Vegas
New Jersey – Princeton University
New Jersey – Rutgers University
New York – Cornell University
New York Public Library
University of North Carolina
Oklahoma State University
University of Oregon
Pennsylvania – Free Library of Philadelphia
Pennsylvania – Historic Pittsburgh 
South Carolina – The South Caroliniana Library Map Collection
Tennessee State Library and Archives 
Texas – University of Houston Libraries
Vermont – Middlebury College
Library of Virginia – including Civil War maps
Virginia Tech
Washington State University
University of Wisconsin Digital Collections

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