Sunday, December 11, 2016

Mapping Website Unites Historic & Modern Maps

Last week I attended a seminar on land records and learned of a great tool for mapping your ancestors lives. uses plat maps, land records and other sources to provide a historic perspective overlaying a modern map. 

The website is run by genealogy publishing company Arphax, that specializes in original land ownership maps based upon land patents and plat books.  Most notable on the website is the First Landowners Project, which provides a searchable database of over 12.3 million landowners in 29 states, including Missouri. To gain full access a subscription is required.  I did subscribe and found the maps clear and useful.  Users may print or download maps including those magnified to show intricate detail.

The site was named as one of Family Tree Magazine's 2016 101 Best Websites.

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