Monday, November 28, 2011

Mappy Monday: Resources for Connecticut Maps

Okay, I'll admit it... I'm too tired to focus, so we're using a Geneabloggers prompt again.

Being an older state, Connecticut should have a lot of historic maps available. You can find them on the wall in almost every public library, but how many of them are on the web? A lot, as it turns out.

When I saw this prompt, I set out to find a few good Connecticut map websites. The first thing that caught my eye was the University of Connecticut Maps Collection. Called Magic, it features maps from most of the towns in Connecticut. The site was designed for use with GIS so the photos leave something to be desired. It's a great starting point for research. Check them out at http://magic.lib.uconn.edu/historical_maps_connecticut_towns.html. For more modern maps, check out http://www.ct.gov/ecd/cwp/view.asp?a=1106&Q=250996. The Department of Economic and Community Development offers outlines of the towns within the county, current road maps, and county lines. It isn't too useful for anything more than 20 years old, but for modern information, it's priceless: http://www.ct.gov/ecd/cwp/view.asp?a=1106&Q=250996. And for one last stop, it's off to the Library of Congress. Buried deep in the Maps section are the Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps. Maps have only been digitized for a few times, but they provide information for a variety of years: http://www.loc.gov/rr/geogmap/sanborn/states.php?stateID=8&Submit=SEARCH.


These are just a start. Do you have your own favorite map websites?

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