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Here is a good web site if you are trying to locate anything like a town,
cemetery, church, etc. All you have to do is enter the feature name and the
state, then select "Send Query." When the page returns, scroll down and
click on "View USGS Digital Raster Graphic (DRG)" to see a topographic map
showing your selection. On the left side of the screen, you can switch
between "topo map" and "aerial map", and you can change to "medium" or
As an example, my ancestor was born on Spring Gap Mountain near Paw Paw
Ridge in what was known as Hampshire County, Virginia in 1775. I just
entered Spring Gap Mountain as the feature name and also did the same thing
for Paw Paw Ridge. After looking at these maps, I realized that both of
these areas now border Hampshire County and Morgan County, West Virginia.
So that gives me two places to search.
There is currently an Audubon County plat book on auction on eBay and I
thought some of you may be interested in it. It can be found here:
You are bidding on the 1969-1970 Audubon County, Iowa TAM Service. TAM stands
for township maps, alphabetical locator, and mailing list.. The plat book is
an original softcover edition that is 32 pages in length. It was published by
R. C. Booth Enterprises in 1969.
Anyone with an interest in the layout of the Audubon County, Iowa's towns and
the people that lived in those towns should have this book. All of the
residents home locations are clearly legible and easy to find thanks to the
locator. Here is a list of the town(ship)s detailed:
I am researching the Charles SMITH family. He was born 1847 England and
naturlized 1855 (per census). He and his wife, Estelle HOLLIDAY SMITH
and son , James William, moved to Audubon Co. sometime around 1880 where
their daughter Lillian was born (Feb. 1880). I can't find them in any
1880 census records that I have access to. They moved on to Harrison
Co. IA by 1885 because their twin sons were born there at that time. I
have no information on Charles parents or siblings. Would love to know
more about them. Estelle's Father and step-mother James and Sarah
HOLLIDAY are on the 1880 census in Exira, he was Justice of the Peace.
They are both buried at Exira. Any help with this family would be
greatly appreciated. Thanks, Beverly