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15 May 2013

Have You Looked at a Map Recently?

For every location where you are researching, when was the last time you looked at a contemporary map?  Are you making assumptions based upon what you think is true about the local geography and political lines or what you know is true about the local geography and political lines.

Sometimes there is a difference between what you think and what is the reality of the situation.


  1. This tool will show you the county boundaries as of a given historical date, overlaid on a present-day Google map: http://randymajors.com/p/maps.html

  2. Thanks for the link to your site. I have The Atlas of Historical County Boundaries for Mississippi and use it often while helping patrons at the Mississippi Archives (as well as for my own personal use). I understand that all the states have been completed. It is impossible to know all the minute changes for your home county, much less for all the states in the nation.
    Thanks again.