Friday, January 30, 2009

Did Your Ancestor Own Land in Illinois After 1859?

If so , you may be in luck. The Illinois State Library has a fine collection of land ownership maps and atlases, the oldest of which cover Hancock, Stephenson, and Winnebago counties in 1859. These were commercial products and coverage is uneven both as to counties and specific dates.

No, they're not on line; what makes this collection special is that most of it circulates via interlibrary loan. The full checklist of maps is on line (PDF); talk to your local librarian. Just one example: these maps can be used to generate a list of nearby neighbors if you trying to identify a woman's maiden name (even better if you can correlate them with a near-time census listing, not forgetting Illinois' state censuses on the 5's).

(Hat tip to Cyndi's List.)


Becky Jamison said...

I'm glad to have found your blog! I'll be following with great interest!
Becky Jamison

Harold said...

Hi Becky! Glad to have you! I enjoyed looking at your blog, and was pleased to find that your Grandpa Margheim was born in the same unlikely-sounding place that I was researching the other day (involving distant relatives, not ancestors). All with ties to WaKeeney, Trego County, Kansas, and who know it's not a made-up name, stand up! -- Harold