Maps: Interpreting Current and Historical Resources

For local history and genealogy lovers, maps are a rich, but sometimes overlooked, sources of information. They can paint a vivid picture, offer rich insights, and fascinating stories, if you know what to look for.

  • Discover a variety of sources (both physical and digital) for accessing map data including:
    • Sanborn Maps,
    • Historical atlases, and
    • USGS Maps
  • Tools and tips for analyzing the historical and community information maps contain, as well as consider a variety of applications for this information, including suggestions for hands-on learning activities and community projects.

While many of these resources are online, we’ll work with paper maps to uncover clues about the past and present including locations of railroads, changes in rivers and roads, and the growth of towns and cities.

Audience: Staff working in Genealogy & Local History departments and General Reference with patrons of all ages.