(PRWEB) November 12, 2013
Representatives with MapOfUs.org announced today that it now has historic maps from as early as the 1700s in its database.
“This will allow us to be able to serve and help more people who need to have old and new state maps and maps of the United States as a whole,” said Brian Nichols, spokesman for Genealogy Inc., the parent company of MapofUs.org.
“Starting in 1776, all of our atlases are scanned copies of the originals, with the original spelling of town names and counties allowing historians and genealogists to find the answers that they are seeking,” Nichols said, before adding, “For example, for 1776 the US map of Massachusetts shows the original names of many of the islands in the area, before they were shortened or modernized.”
Nichols went on to note that that all of its maps are free for personal use only, and may not be reproduced for resale or distribution.
Currently, MapofUs.org features maps from each state such as Washington showing interactive county formation map, Department of Transportation (D.O.T.) Roads and Highway maps, old Atlas maps, and map links.
In addition each state page contains rotating animated maps showing all of the county boundary changes and all of the county boundaries for each census year for each year.
Past and present maps of US, according to Nichols, are overlaid so that visitors to the website can see the changes in county boundaries, downloadable County D.O.T. Maps, and state Atlas maps.
Nichols also pointed out that map comparison can be used as a genealogy source, which is something it caters to.
“Along with property records, census data, and birth, marriage, and death certificates, a historical US map provides valuable information and can help genealogists uncover their family histories and connect with the past,” Nicholas said. “While the historical maps on this site can help researchers, there are many other types of maps that are used for this type of research including: political maps, surveys, plat maps, land maps, ward maps, and more. Each one offers different information about the time period in which it was created.”
MapofUS.org provides a single source for old and new state and US maps.
If you’re researching your family history, historical maps can be an exceptional tool when beginning a genealogy research project.
Because maps can provide important details about business and property ownership, they can be a significant source of information. This information can tell anyone what and whom they need to research to learn more.
The goal of MapofUS.org is to help individuals discover important information to get started.
Source: Genealogy Inc.