Grandpa didn’t move…

…city, town, and county lines did! For example, until 1874, Clifford Avenue was the northern boundary of the City of Rochester. Most of the area north of Clifford Ave., with the exception of a narrow section along the river, was part of the Town of Irondequoit. Numerous area city and town boundaries have changed over the years, and we have a map for that! If you haven’t used maps for your research, they are an invaluable tool for discovering not only where, but how your ancestors lived. Transportation and navigation were not what it is today, and people tended to live in their own ethnic communities, work, go to church and schools, and shop in their immediate neighborhoods. You might just find that your ancestors lived in Gates in 1873 but in the City of Rochester two years later, when in reality they never moved an inch. The City annexed part of Gates in 1874.

The Local History & Genealogy Division is offering a limited-time trial of two Proquest maps databases: Historic Map Works – an extensive digital antique and historic map collection, and Sanborn Maps Geo Edition (1867-1970) – thousands of digital large scale maps, searchable by address and GPS coordinates. Hurry! The trial expires September 30. 2012. Don’t forget that a large number of local plat maps have also been digitized and are available online for free in Rochester Images.

Also available until September 30, 2012: African American Heritage – includes Federal census, Marriage & Cohabitation Records, Military Draft & Service records, Registers of Slaves & Free(d) Persons of Color, Freedman’s Bank records, and more.

Be sure to tell us what you think of the trial databases once you’ve tried them!

Click here to learn more!!


Published in: on September 11, 2012 at 10:47 am  Comments (2)  

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  1. Interesting! Where can we view these maps databases? Are they online or do we have to come in to the library to view them?

    • They are on the Local History computers only, for the month of September. Stop on down!

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