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finding old maps online
Posted by: depthcharge559
Date: May 15, 2012 03:12PM
hi all. ive been looking for old maps of my area online, specifically for old country roads off the path. im having difficulty finding much of nything, here in north carolina, where paved roads werent put in until the late 1960s in a lot of places .. any clues as to how to proceed??? thanks in advance for the much needed advise. i will pray for you ....

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Re: finding old maps online
Posted by: joe dirt_1
Date: May 15, 2012 11:44PM
depthcharge559, the best information I can give you is to google the old county atlas books online for your state and county. They will give you maps of all the old towns and cities in your particular county along with much information to locate many productive sites to hunt.
I use the old atlas books myself and have located 2 old picnic grounds that were in use in the early 1860's, along with several old schools and churches that are now just farmers fields. These sites are untapped and will produce some nice coins and artifacts.
Here is an example of how to search for these atlas my case I searched "1872 Morgan County Illinois Atlas" and it brings up a ton of info about my county and its past.

You can use google earth to overlay the old maps you find onto present day maps and this helps to pinpoint a site, even giving gps coordinates to get you right on the site you were searching for.
Something else you can do is go to and purchase a cd with maps from your area or get the comple state set. The single zone cd I bought covers 11 different surrounding counties of my area and show old churches, schools, race tracks, fair grounds etc.
The single zone cd's cost about 12.00 with shipping and are loaded with old maps. I think if you try this you will find what you are looking for............HH and good luck !


Re: finding old maps online
Posted by: LabradorBob
Date: May 19, 2012 07:28AM
Very good advice, the local library will hold tons of info.


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Re: finding old maps online
Posted by: Dacostasr
Date: August 21, 2012 10:28AM has a pretty good selection and I was able to overlay on googlemaps right on their page.

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Re: finding old maps online
Posted by: CWnut
Date: September 23, 2012 09:13PM
Re: finding old maps on line
Posted by: GregD475
Date: October 22, 2012 09:06PM
You might also try these sites (this is the library of congress and has some David Ramsey collections on line) ( on this website you can compare past and present maps side by side and also some past aerial photos if available. Also you can use their tools for measurement and obtaining lat/lon)

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