Does anyone know where I can locate accurate(or mostly accurate) maps? pre-colonial(and Territorial)to present.

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This is not the only family I'm seeking maps for to use with their research, however, this family is at the moment of particular interest, esp since the youngest daughter,Daniel-4642, I personnally have a family story from her older sister, My grt grandmother. We have been unable to locate the parents or her own grave and currently I have several other family memeber trying to help locate them, but, we believe we are looking in the wrong place as names of towns had changed, this is around the time that Arkinsas and Missouri was still a territory, and maybe if we find the correct maps for the time period it would help us alot to locate these family memebers.
WikiTree profile: Jackson Daniel
in Genealogy Help by Lisa Valdez G2G3 (3.4k points)

4 Answers

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The library of congress has some high resolution maps online.  There are some gems in there, including the maps of Hotchkiss of the South around the Civil War, some of which include the names of farm owners.


by David Manley G2G Crew (600 points)
+2 votes

Try also the usgenweb sites

And genealogy trails

Your question made me remember one of my college geography professors, who taught the cartography course and wrote a book titled How to Lie with Maps.

by Kay Knight G2G6 Pilot (328k points)
lol thats funny. tyvm for the info, and very very much for the quick laugh. I needed one.

My favorite is the site that shows county formation for states:


+1 vote  is the best I have found. This is an interactive map developed as a project of the Newberry Library in Chicago. Read the section "USING THE ATLAS" first!!!!! Once you get the hang of it, it is a breeze to use. As you select the different dates for the boundary changes, you can instantly see the formation and changes of each of the counties within the state. If you have trouble, email me ( I'll be glad to walk you through it.
by Ray Leach G2G1 (1.8k points)
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I enjoy using the David Rumsey's cartography site that has a ton of hi-res scans.  Enjoy...

by Anonymous Mitchell G2G Rookie (200 points)

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