5 Ways to Enhance Your Genealogy Research with Old Maps + Sanborn Fire Maps
Many of us (myself included) have almost never used maps to expand our search for our ancestor’s history. The June 2nd Genealogical Society program at the Batavia Branch Library entitled “5 Ways to Enhance Your Genealogy Research with Old Maps + Sanborn Maps” will help anyone learn more about what maps can do for family research. For example, take two different types of maps like Sanborn Maps, also called Fire Insurance Maps, and atlas maps. The Sanborn Maps began in 1867 and show addresses of properties in 12,000 cities and towns. Atlases, especially historical atlases can include county history and biographies, as well as properties with owner’s names and the number of acres they owned. Other benefits to map research are changes in village and street names when an older map is compared with a current map, changes in boundaries of counties and states, and perhaps neighbor’s names. Many of our ancestors moved and settled with family members and/or friends, information which comes in handy when trying to locate your illusive great grandfather who left Ohio and dropped off the earth after 1867. Join us for this informative program. A little knowledge can go a long way in family history.