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Maps and Location Finders:

  • Build your own maps. Use BLM's Geocommunicator to choose ownership, change scale, add street layer, digital orthos, satellite or other. If you click on Identify button, then on the map...the Principle Meridian, Township, Range, State, and County will show; zoom in to show Section number (for any of the 30 PLSS states). You can also show a map of any Township/Range/Section info by clicking on Township icon at top--> choose state, meridian (if you know it), Township, Range--> Click Search--> Select, Zoom. Then look at map. Show Lat/Longitude of any place or map feature OR use Google Maps and click, hold for a second, let go on any location
  • County Boundary Formations Choose a state. Then click "View Interactive Map"
  • Earth Point - Fly to a legal description Uses free Google Earth and a legal description or Lat/Longitude to virtually plot and show you what it looks like today. Great site!
  • Land Ownership Maps Pick your State, County, Year and Zoom in. First, find your person on a census, see if a farmer that owned land. If he bought the land from the Federal Gov't, good chance to get a folder of information on him from the Nat'l Archives if state is one of the 30 Public Land Survey States..
  • State and County Maps Click on State to see all counties. Then click on county.
  • USGS site: #1 Search for Geographic Sites or Features, Good, Choose ACME Mapper (or Home Town Locator) to display map with county boundaries. Then choose Topo.Find cemeteries, rivers, creeks, ghost towns, populated places, mountains, trails, etc. Find latitude and longitude of any place. View in many map formats such as Satellite or Quad or street maps and more.


Sites for Special Purposes

Specialty Sites

  • BLM National - Government Land Office Records View original settlers and land descriptions for counties of the 30 Public Domain states. It has 5 million Larnd Warrant and Land Records from 1820 to the present.
  •     Historic Maps Find legal land descriptions to get ancestor's land records from the Nat'l Archive.
  • Google Books Search historical books for a Person or Place. Many town histories are searchable.
  • Google Language Translator   Translates 90 languages to and from English. Can't read a web page? Type in its address. Translates entire web pages.
  • Immigration    1820-1957 Ports/Passengers Lists - includes Canadian and Mexican Border Crossings -some $. Searchable by state.
  • Immigration2    1492-1964 Ships, Ports and Passengers Lists. Hint: in search box try last name or ship name or year
  • Immigration - Castle Garden    1855-1891 Partial indexes and passenger lists.
  • Immigration - Ellis Island   1892-1924 Original images of records at port of New York
  • Immigration and Naturalization    Immigration and Naturalization indexes, records, images
  • Mormon Immigration Records   1840 ~ 1890
  • Naturalization Records    Good - Naturalization Records searchable by State.... also has link to click 'Order Online Now'
  • Nickname List    Nicknames for your ancestors. Also, see Behind the Name
  • Online OCR Change an image (or PDF) to a MS Word or txt document. Do not login, just browse to your image, Upload, type in number that appears, click Recognize. Text will appear under the Recognize button.
  • Relative Finder See how you are related to famous people.
  • Steve Morse Search Tool i.e. ship passenger lists, Social Security Death Index
  • Make large fan and pedigree charts and more.
  • Software for the Family History Researcher:
  •     Ancestral Quest   $, has a Free version that downloads generations from Family Tree. tutorials
  •     Free Kingsoft Office Software Compatible with MS Word files, Powerpoint, and Excel spreadsheets. Free!
  •     Paint.NET graphics program zipped folder containing the install file for FREE and its plug-in files: Feather.dll and Perspective.dll. gives it 5 stars and a great review. download it, install it, copy the two dll files to the Effects folder.
  •     RootsMagic Has Free version called Essentials that downloads generations from FamilyTree - tutorials



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International Sites

England - Scotland - Ireland - Wales / UK Sites




Canadian Census 1851-1916, Passenger List 1865-1935, GENWEB and much more


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