Sunday, March 29, 2009


939.1072073 SCHW
Handbook of Genealogical Sources
by George K. Schweitzer, Ph.D., Sc.D.

Location is very important in genealogical research. When you discover which state, county, and town your ancestors came from, you can obtain the address and phone number of the courthouse, cemetery, church, school, and genealogical society that may have information about your ancestors.

There are five types of atlases that are helpful for genealogical research:

  • Historical Atlases
  • National Atlases
  • State Atlases
  • County Atlases
  • City Atlases

1. Historical Atlases

Lake County Public Library has several helpful historical Atlases.

Historical Atlases of the United States describe:

  • Settlement of the country
  • Migration routes (rivers, trails, canals, roads)
  • Rise and growth of towns and cities
  • Battle lines in wars
  1. 911.73 AMER The American Heritage Pictorial Atlas of United States History

Inclusive and attractive, this atlas covers from prehistory to 1966. Maps are arranged chronologically but cover economic, social and geographical concepts within each time period. Page 80 has an excellent map of colonial roads in 1775.