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    Historic map overlay

    I frequently look at old maps and try to figure out where the old home sites, etc are. Historicmapworks.com has a free overlay, so if you are looking at an old map on their site just tap the free overlay tab and it will overlay onto a current map of the same area. Really handy and from what I can tell pretty accurate. Good luck.

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    Thanks for posting this, great resource!
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    My go to site for researching old home sites. Goes back to 1876 in my area. All the finds in my singnature on my profile came about by using this site!
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    In my area, there was a mapmaker in the 1800s named George Ogle. His maps were absolutely spot on. When I overlay, his farmhouse/structure placement is 1/4 inch or less. And these are 1872 maps overlaid on current satellite maps. Then it's an easy step to check my plat book for current owner info.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gene Mean View Post
    I frequently look at old maps and try to figure out where the old home sites, etc are. Historicmapworks.com has a free overlay, so if you are looking at an old map on their site just tap the free overlay tab and it will overlay onto a current map of the same area. Really handy and from what I can tell pretty accurate. Good luck.
    It is a decent site and certainly helpful and a good start. I do not know if the premium overlays are any different, but I noticed that when using the basic ones, they are off. One thing I look at right away are railroad tracks because they don't usually move, then I look at streets and where they are close, they certainly do not match up.
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