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My friends -
Last month, I had committed to giving a report to the JP List, and the
county lists which I host, concerning the 1920's era county maps which I
have had in storage, after such time as I was able to inventory them to see
exactly what was present in the collection. I have now completed the inventory.
For the JP region, I have maps in the 1921-1929 period for Ballard,
Carlisle, Calloway, Fulton, Graves, Hickman, Marshall and McCracken
counties - that is, all eight counties comprising the Jackson Purchase
region. I also found that I have other maps for the same period covering
Trigg, Caldwell, Lyon, Livingston, Warren, Hopkins, Crittenden, Christian,
Todd and Logan counties - which are most of the counties in the western
part of Kentucky, although these latter ones do not fall into the JP region.
My thought at this point is to create a web site showing each of the
available maps and their general contents and provide ordering information
in that fashion. Some of the maps are in a fragile condition and care will
have to be taken when duplicating masters are created. I might consider
putting a PayPal option on the web site if there is any interest in using
that route to speed up the process. It seems to have become a very popular
utility. I will supply county libraries a gratis copy of their county map
Over the next week or so, I will begin having duplicating masters made of
the those maps for which one has not yet been produced. Those of you who
have an interest in one or more of these maps can drop me a note off-list,
so that I can better determine how many actual copies may be needed. Unless
problems occur in creating duplicating masters from those originals which
are fragile, the costs should remain constant with what we have been seeing
- $12.00 for a single map, $21.00 for two, $30.00 for three, etc.(i.e.,
$9.00 for each map beyond the first). Some postage costs can be saved by
sending multiple copies in a single mailing tube.
I probably should say again that I am not attempting to generate any profit
on these maps, but I do try to cover my costs in creating the masters,
duplicating the maps on archival paper and postage and mailing tubes. I've
been asked numerous times why these maps cannot be placed online. The
primary difficulty is their size. Most of them range in size from 2 feet by
2 feet up to 3 feet by 3 feet. A special plotting scanner would be
necessary to create a digital image of each map, and each image would be
huge and generally not very workable for us genealogists, especially if one
wanted to print the image. It would probably require 15 or 20 "pieces" that
would have to be printed and then taped together in some fashion. Reducing
the size of the original map before creating a digital image is not really
an option because of the loss of detail and the inability to read the place
names. And I think, too, that most of us genealogists like to use the full
size maps. I much prefer them myself.
That is the latest on the map situation for now, and I will continue to
update the lists as I begin to get the web site up and items listed.
I want to share some good resources I have located recently through the
rootsweb mailing list.
Here are a few of my top ones I found most useful:
http://www.uswars.net/1775-1783/ List of most units and battles of the
http://www.itd.nps.gov/cwss/ Great for finding civil war ancestors.
http://www.genealogyinc.com/maps/uscf.htm Links to county formation maps.
Neat to see how county lines have changed over the years
and how you can live in the same location but be located in 3 different
counties in a 10 year time frame.
http://www.mycensusmaps.com Links to county Census maps. Kinda like the
above link only shows every ten years and overlays
the previous census year so you can compare the two. VERY USEFUL.
http://www.ftm2005.com/ The newest version of Familytreemaker just came out.
show how much they changed the format from ftm 11. I am wanting to know from
someone if it looks like a good
investment to purchase the program or just stick with version 11.
I could probobly list ALL my favorites but these are new to me and have
turned out to be real gems.