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To learn more about maps in general, go to the Maps Record Page.

Online Maps[edit | edit source]

Tips for Using Maps[edit | edit source]

Maps must be used carefully for several reasons:

  • There are often several places with the same name. You may want to use a Gazetteer to help you.
  • The spelling and even names of some towns may have changed since your ancestor lived there.
  • Place-names are often misspelled in English sources. Difficult names may have been shortened and important diacritic marks omitted.
  • Political boundaries are not clearly indicated on all maps. Look for neighboring towns and geographic features to find the area where your ancestor came from.
  • Boundaries changed over time. Use historical maps to understand boundary changes.

For more tips and information on using maps, go to the general Maps Record Page.

Finding the Specific Town on the Map[edit | edit source]

To successfully research maps from Argentina, you must identify the town where your ancestor lived. Because there are several towns that have the same name, you may need some additional information before you can locate the correct town on a map. Using gazetteers can help you to identify a place's the jurisdiction and help you locate it on a map. See the Argentina Gazetteers article for more information.

Types of Maps[edit | edit source]

Different types of maps help you in different ways, for example:

  • Historical atlases describe the growth and development of countries, showing boundaries, migration routes, settlement patterns, military campaigns, and other historical information.
  • Road atlases are useful because of the detail they provide.
  • Other types of maps include: parish maps, state maps, tourist maps, topographical maps, and air navigation maps. City maps are extremely helpful when researching in large cities.

To learn more about different types of maps, go to the general Maps Record Page.

Historical Maps Collections[edit | edit source]

Historical map collections are helpful because they can show you the geography of your ancestor's residence at or around the time they lived there.
A helpful set of maps at the Family History Library is:

    • Carta provisional de la República Argentina. (Provisional Map of the Republic Argentin). Scale: 1:500.000. 69 maps. Buenos Aires: El Instituto, 1939–1975. (FHL map 982 E7ag.)

Helpful atlases for Argentina include:

    • Chapeaurouge, Carlos de. Atlas del plano catastral de la República Argentina. (Atlas of the Planning Tax Offices of the Republic of Argentina). Buenos Aires: Eigendorf y Lesser, 1905. Buneos Aires: J. Lesser, 1913. (FHL film 0908853 item 1; Fiche 6030612 [supplement].) Includes 119 maps.
    • Latzina, Francisco. Geografía de la República Argentina.(Geography and Description of Argentina). Buenos Aires: Félix Lajouane, 1888. (FHL book 982 E2lf; film 0599567 item 1.)

Bibliographies of Argentianian maps and atlases are found in the following books:

    • Barba, Fernando E. Indice de mapas, planos y fotografías del Ministerio de Obras Públicas 1885–1910. (Index to the maps, plan and photograph holdings of the Sección Ministerio de Obras Públicas 1885–1910). La Plata: Archivo Histórico de la Provincia, 1968. (FHL book 982 A3b; film 0873668 item 4.)
    • Fúrlong Cárdiff, Guillermo. Cartografía Histórica Argentina: mapas planos y diseños que se conservan en el Archivo General de la Nación. (Inventory of the maps, plans, and drawings found in the National Archives of Argentina). Buenos  Aires, Talleres Gros del Boletín Oficial e Imprentas de Ministerio del Interior, 1963. (FHL book 982 A3f; film 0897023 item 2.)