From site: The David Rumsey Historical Map Collection has over 20,000 maps and images online. The collection focuses on rare 18th and 19th century North American and South American maps and other cartographic materials. Historic maps of the World, Europe, Asia, and Africa are also represented. Collection categories include antique atlas, globe, school geography, maritime chart, state, county, city, pocket, wall, childrens, and manuscript maps. Some examples are United States map, maps New York, California map, Arizona map, America map, New York City map, Chicago map, and Colorado map. The collection can be used to study history, genealogy and family history.
The 1895 Atlas
I discovered this site at the same time that I discovered genealogy, back then my knowledge of state geography wasn't that good, she even has broken down the maps by county. I used to go to here regularly, now I have a better idea where places are.
Thank you very much for passing on that site. I'm having fun belatedly exploring it.
Many antique map dealers also have online versions of their maps that are free to access, and some of them will make a CD-ROM version of an atlas for you (though the second part is definitely not free). As an example, a local dealer (http://www.wardmaps.com/) has a bunch of Sanborn fire insurance maps online as well as other maps with fairly similar levels of detail, the highest percentage being ones of this region (eastern New England USA, especially coastal towns in the southern half) but some of other cities.
Also try typing streets or towns that are very close to the one you're looking for into a search engine if you're looking for a map with that level of detail. To cite an example: Last year I was able to complete research into the history of a house by finding an organization focused on the history of a particular street whose web page had old maps that included the nearby streets. Doing a search on the street the house was actually on had not yielded the site, as this street wasn't mentioned in the text, only on the maps. I've had the same experience sometimes when searching for maps of tiny towns.
This is terrific!! I do love maps but haven't entered that dimension to my research of Fam History. This group & these resources you all have shared are fantastic! Thanks Very Much, Juanita Hendrickson