14 August 2008

Using Maps in Genealogy

We have repeatedly been encouraged to use maps in our genealogical research. Well the USGS has a website, Using Maps in Genealogy, that further addresses this encouragement.

The website (http://erg.usgs.gov/isb/pubs/factsheets/fs09902.html) was last updated in 2006 and contains many useful links.

In Florida, the USGS maps are available free for download at the LABINS - Land Boundary Information System website (http://data.labins.org/2003/index.cfm).

If you know where to find free USGS maps for other States, please share your information as a quick comment.

1 comment:

  1. USGS has a search feature at http://geonames.usgs.gov/pls/gnispublic/f?p=115:1:8458715296678421855. You need the State & County. Then search for a town or cemetery. When you get a multi-page table, click an item on the top bar to sort by a feature you like. For example, search for feature=cemetery in Windsor County, Vermont. You get a table of 215 cemeteries. Next sort by click maps on the top border of the table. I find that there are 7 listed for Springfield. There are coordinates given for each cemetery that I can plug into Google.