Two, maybe three suggestions for sources:
1) "Cyndi's List".....just about the most comprehensive genealogical website
going. That gal could link you to the moon. If she doesn't have an address
for it, it can't be had. It's: http://www.cyndislist.com/
also find some sites that Cyndi recommends where you can freebie download
some maps. One of Cyndi's links is the U. of Ga.'s Hargrett Library of Rare
Books and Manuscripts which has some neat Georgia maps you can download.
Frankly those are more for fun because they are quaint. They aren't much
good to work with because the scale is just too large and you can't zoom 'em.
2) For really small scale stuff I order 7.5 minute "topos" (topographical
survey maps) from the U. S. Geological Survey. The scale on a 7.5' topo is
1:24,000 or 2 1/2 inches to make a mile. For example, it takes 6 maps to
cover Screven County.
I also ordered the 1:250,000 size for Georgia & Virginia and it takes about 4
of them to cover states that size.
The state maps are better just for historical perspectives. For counties,
with a 7.5' topo you can plot the coordinates on a one seat privy. They show
elevations at 10' gradations, forested areas, lakes, highways, streams,
churches, cemeteries but not much else. Buildings are shown as little black
The number for the U. S. Geological Survey is 1-800-USA-MAPS. You tell them
what states you are interested in and they will send you a map for each state
that is about 3 feet square and has the state gridded off into 7.5'
quadrangles and each has a "name". For example, to cover Screven County you
will see from the Georgia "ordering map" that you will need the quadrangles
for: Screven North, Sylvania South, Jacksonboro Bridge, Hunters, Briar Creek
Landing & Blue Springs Landing.
They are cheap for what you get but they ain't cheap. It's about 3 bucks a
map as I recall. For about 35 bucks more or less one can usually have about
all one needs for a couple of states and a county. The USGS has several
offices across the country but I guarantee L. A. , even if they have an
office, isn't going to have any Georgia quadrangles. You might as well order
them from the central depot yourself.
Even if you think you probably won't be interested it's fun to order all the
and other material which is free.
3. Al Tims and Barbara Neal had some neat maps that they were using to
overlay acetates of family land grants in Virginia. I was in awe of what
they were doing but didn't have a clue as to how they were doing it.....and
that sort of sounds like what you may have in mind. I'm sure one of them
would be happy to explain the drill to you. If you want to see one go to the
webpage and check land & court records and it's about the second item on the