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Maps and Atlases in Genealogical Research
Abrams Collection Genealogy Highlights
Maps provide invaluable historical, physical and cultural information to researchers, as they help identify towns, property ownership, railroads, family farms, local cemeteries and schoolhouses. The Library of Michigan maintains a large collection of maps and atlases that can be used for Michigan historical and genealogical research.
Titles may be located by searching ANSWER, the Library's online catalog. The easiest way to locate map or atlas resources on ANSWER is to enter the place name or subject as a keyword, followed by the word maps. Here are some additional suggestions to help maximize your search results; clicking on the links in this publication will take you to the ANSWER catalog search results or the catalog record for a particular item:
Adding a specific geographic location will also help refine your search. For example, michigan maps and kalamazoo will retrieve materials that focus on the city or county of Kalamazoo. When searching by keyword, it is not necessary to capitalize proper nouns.
This publication is not intended to be a comprehensive bibliography of map resources. Rather, it is a list of notable documents available at the Library of Michigan. Searching ANSWER is the only way to determine if the Library of Michigan holds the resources that you seek.
Barnett, LeRoy, comp. Checklist of Printed Maps of the Middle West to 1900, Vol. 5: Michigan. Boston: G.K. Hall, 1981.
Karpinski, Louis C. Bibliography of the Printed Maps of Michigan, 1804-1880. Lansing: Michigan Historical Commission, 1931.
Le Gear, Clara Egli, comp. United States Atlases: A List of National, State, County, City and Regional Atlases in the Library of Congress. 2 vols. Washington, D.C.: Library of Congress, 1950.
Miles, William, comp. Michigan Atlases and Plat Books: A Checklist, 1872-1973. Lansing: Michigan Department of Education, 1975.
Stephenson, Richard W., comp. Land Ownership Maps: A Checklist of Nineteenth Century United States County Maps in the Library of Congress. Washington, D.C.: Library of Congress, 1967.
Andriot, Jay, comp. Township Atlas of the United States. McLean, VA: Documents Index, 1991.
Modelski, Andrew. Railroad Maps of North America: The First Hundred Years. Washington, D.C.: Library of Congress, 1984.
Sinko, Peggy Tuck, comp. Atlas of Historical County Boundaries: Michigan. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1997.
Thorndale, William, and William Dollarhide. Map Guide to the U.S. Federal Censuses, 1790-1920. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co. Inc., 1987.
Trygg, J. William, comp. Composite Maps of United States Land Surveyors' Original Plats and Field Notes: Michigan Series. Ely, MN: J. William Trygg, 1964.
United States Geological Survey. USGS Complete Topo File: Michigan. 3 reels. Reston, VA: U.S. Geological Survey, 1976.
Atlas of Cass County, Michigan. 1872. Cass County Historical Society, 1977.
Canadian Historical Atlas Collection. 143 microfiches. Pontiac, MI: Pontiac Area Historical and Genealogical Society, 1988.
County Histories of the "Old Northwest," Series V: Michigan. 88 reels. New Haven, CT: Research Publications, 1973.
Hinsdale, Wilbert B. Archaeological Atlas of Michigan. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 1931.
Library of Congress. Geography and Map Division. LC G&M Land Ownership Maps: Michigan. Washington, D.C.: Library of Congress, 1983.
Library of Michigan. Michigan Cemetery Atlas. Lansing: Library of Michigan, 1991.
Michigan Atlas and Gazetteer. 7th ed. DeLorme Publishing Company, 2000.
Walling, Henry F. Atlas of Michigan. 1873. Mount Clemens: Treasure Land, 1972.
These maps contain highly detailed information on building features, such as size and shape, construction, occupancy, and street address for more than 300 Michigan towns.
Fire Insurance Maps From the Sanborn Map Company Archives, Late 19th Century to 1990: Michigan. Bethesda, MD: University Publications of America, 1993.
Library of Congress. Geography and Map Division. Fire Insurance Maps in the Library of Congress: Plans of North American Cities and Towns Produced by the Sanborn Map Company. Washington, D.C.: Library of Congress, 1981.
Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps: Michigan. Teaneck, N.J.: Chadwyck-Healy, 1983.
Abate, Frank R., ed. Omni Gazetteer of the United States of America. 11 vols. Detroit: Omnigraphics, Inc., 1991.
Cohen, Saul B., ed. Columbia Gazetteer of North America. New York: Columbia University Press, 2000.
Romig, Walter. Michigan Place Names: The History of the Founding and the Naming of More than Five Thousand Past and Present Michigan Communities. Detroit: Wayne State University Press, 1986.
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