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Map Guide to the U.S. Federal Censuses, 1790-1920

by William Thorndale
William Dollarhide

Item Number: 5786
Formats: Online ~ Mobi ~ ePub ~ PDF

eBook Price: $40.95   Print Price: $59.95


The county has always been used as the basic Federal census unit. Genealogical research in the census, therefore, begins with identifying the correct county jurisdictions. This work shows all U.S. county boundaries from 1790 to 1920. On each of the nearly 400 maps the old county lines are superimposed over the modern ones to highlight the boundary changes at ten-year intervals. Also included are (1) a history of census growth; (2) the technical facts about each census; (3) a discussion of census accuracy; (4) an essay on available sources for each state's old county lines; and (5) a statement with each map indicating which county census lines exist and which are lost. Then there is an index listing all present-day counties, plus nearly all defunct counties or counties later re-named.

With each map there is data on boundary changes, notes about the census, and locality finding keys. There also are inset maps that clarify territorial lines, a state-by-state bibliography of sources, and an appendix outlining pitfalls in mapping county boundaries. The detail in this work is exhaustive and of such impeccable standards that there is little wonder why this award-winning publication is the number one tool in U.S. census research.



"Every once in a while a new book comes along which most genealogists should not be without. This is such a book. Thorndale and Dollarhide's Map Guide is not only helpful for the assistance it provides, it is also put together in a very scholarly manner, ensuring its value and usefulness for a long time to come...The is truly a wonderful book, obviously prepared with a great deal of work and care. It is enjoyable to study even when not seeking assistance on a problem somewhere between 1790 and 1920."--THE AMERICAN GENEALOGIST, Vol. 64, No. 1.

"This guide is far more complete, and also appears to be far more accurate, than anything similar attempted in the past...carefully-drawn, easily-read maps...An informative introduction...every aspect of [this work] reflects its high quality."--THE NEW YORK GENEALOGICAL AND BIOGRAPHICAL RECORD, Vol. 119, No. 1.

"This is an altogether outstanding reference work that will be of permanent value, both as an aid using the federal censuses and as a guide to the evolution of counties...this work will give the researcher a deeper insight into the geography and jurisdictional history of his family's home."--THE NEW ENGLAND HISTORICAL AND GENEALOGICAL REGISTER, Vol. CXLII, No. 1.

"A valuable contribution to genealogical study, this work earned the Award of Merit of the American Society of Genealogists in 1987...clearly impressive."--THE NATIONAL GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY QUARTERLY, Vol. 76, No. 1.

"...well-documented...a useful tool...a map-lover's delight."--THE PENNSYLVANIA GENEALOGICAL MAGAZINE, Vol. XXXVI, No. 1 (1989).

"This reasonably priced book will be valuable to collections serving genealogists, historians, geographers, and demographers."--CHOICE.

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