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To learn more about maps in general, go to the Maps Record Page.
Online Maps[edit | edit source]
- David Rumsey Historical Maps Collection
- Old Maps Online Collection
- Library of Congress Maps Collection
- Norman B. Leventhal Map & Education Center at the Boston Public Library
- Perry-Castañeda Library Map Collection
- Harvard University Scanned Maps
- UWM American Geographical Society Library Digital Map Collection
- University of California Berkeley Library
Tips for Using Maps[edit | edit source]
Maps must be used carefully for several reasons: Several types of maps are useful for genealogists. Some give historical background of the area or show migration routes such as roads, rivers, and railroads. Topographical maps show physical features, such as creeks and hills, and man-made features, such as roads, cemeteries, and churches. Plat and land ownership maps and other types of maps are described in United States Maps.
- 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.
- 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.
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. The following collections are helpful:
- The largest collection of maps in Colorado is in the map library of the University of Colorado at Boulder.
- A specialized map collection for Colorado and the southern Rocky Mountain area is in Fountain Valley School's Science Department at Colorado Springs.
- The Denver Public Libraryand the Colorado Historical Societyalso collect maps and atlases.
- The Colorado Division of State Archives and Public Recordshas the incorporation filings and original plats for most towns.
- United States Census Bureau State and County Map. This map will allow you to zoom in on any state or county in the United States and read the names of all of the neighboring counties.
Family History Library[edit | edit source]
- The Family History Library has a small collection of maps for Colorado and early western territories, including a set of topographical maps for the state.
- The library also has city ward maps of Denver for the year 1874 (Family History Library film 1377700; fiche 6016642).
- A series of maps showing changes of county boundaries between 1861 and 1913 is in Colorado Maps (n.p.; Family History Library book 978.8 E7cm).
On-line Resources[edit | edit source]
- Colorado State and County Maps - County Boundary Maps and Old Atlases Maps
- Base Map of Colorado (Univ of Texas) - Nice basic map showing Counties of Colorado
- County Outline Map of Colorado (Univ of Texas) - Map Showing only County Boundaries
- Clickabe Map of Counties of Colorado - Takes you to county government sites.
- Maps of Colorado - University of Texas
- Map Library - University of Colorado at Boulder
- Historical Maps of Colorado - University of Alabama Map Library
- Historical Maps - Open Directory Project
- National Atlas of the United States - Printable maps of the United States
- Maps of Counties of Colorado - Digital-Topo-Maps.com. Various county maps can be purchased.