Thursday, December 8, 2016

Fantastic Find: United States Digital Map Library

The United States Digital Map Library is a project of USGenWeb Archives which describes itself thus:
Our goal is to make available to genealogists, useful, readable, high quality maps. Here you will find both archival maps and newly made maps based on scholarly research. This project and all of its strictly volunteer staff are dedicated to free, online access for the general public.
Here the researcher can find U.S. and state and county maps (which comprise the bulk of their collection). Here's a 1900 map of California roads for cyclers:

However what I find of particular interest is their collection of maps of Indian land cessions "during the interval between the formal establishment of the United States and 1894." Here's a map of California:

[Map 7, California from Indian Land Cessions in the United States, compiled by Charles C. Royce and presented as Part 2 of the Eighteenth Annual Report of the Bureau of American Ethnology to the Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution, 1896-97.  The Report was printed by the Government Printing Office in 1899]

They also provide links to the texts to the 375 Native American Treaties recognized by the Department of State.

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  1. thanks so much - great resource to check out

  2. Pat,

    I want to let you know that your blog post is listed in today's Fab Finds post at

    Have a wonderful weekend!

  3. The digital map helps you a lot to find your ancestors and you could know where you have done what in your past life. Apart from all of those odd things, I could say that this digital map is really helping.

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