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Pure Michigan Genealogy: Maps

21 March 2018


Pure Michigan Genealogy
Maps are an important tool in your genealogy research.  Maps have a treasure trove of information ready for you to decipher.  Once you have accumulated a few facts, you will want to turn to maps to to truly understand your ancestors.  You will want to learn how they lived and where they lived.  You will want to look at old and new maps, online and paper maps.  Maps are a good resource because they will give you clues for where to look for more information.  If your grandparents owned a farm in Dickson Township, Manistee, Michigan, as mine did, you can look at the map and see what the nearest town was and where the county seat was located.  Maps can show towns, cemeteries, railroads, streets and roads, rivers and so much more.  There are many types of maps available for your Michigan research.

1.  Plat Maps are usually found on a county by county format.  They show land ownership at a certain place in a certain time.  They can be found in local county equalization offices, local libraries, or at local Michigan State University (MSU) Extension offices

2.  Topographic Maps offer an opportunity to locate farmsteads using selected cultural and physical features of the landscape.  Roads, fence lines, barns, orchards, gravel pits  cemeteries, railroad tracks and schools are cultural features.  Rivers, creeks, hills, valleys, lakes and swamps are physical features.      The United States Geological Survey (USGS) has articles on Using Maps in Genealogy.  The USGS website has topographical maps for Michigan and other states.

3.  Political Maps are the maps we usually use.  They show cities, towns, counties, etc. These are available at various places throughout Michigan.

4.  Fire Insurance maps will include businesses, schools, and churches.  Sanborn Fire Insurance maps are online at the Library of Congress.

One can find various Michigan maps online:

Pure Michigan Genealogy is a series of posts on researching in Michigan. Maps is number seven in the series.  Other posts in the series are below.

3.  Records
8.  Maps 

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