The Largo Library and Pinellas Genealogy Society have added another to their growing collection of genealogy-related websites. HistoryGeo.com focuses on landowner maps which provide researchers with a slick user interface resulting in views of ownership documents as well as visualizations of the plots of land themselves. The two collections, available at the website and described below, are searchable by a person’s name or by the location of the land.
The “First Landowners Project” uses a single, interactive map containing over 12.3 million first landowners’ names (those who acquired land directly from the U.S. Government) among thirty states consisting of all twenty-nine of the public land states in the Continental U.S., plus Texas.
The “Antique Maps Collection” contains about 4000 maps from various sources and time periods. Among them, selected maps (those showing owners and others associated with plots of land at specific points in time) boast hundreds of thousands of indexed persons.
You must be at the Largo Public Library to access the HistoryGeo.com website, unless you invest in an individual subscription. A handout describing how to use the site is located in the library Genealogy Center.