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38 of 38 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent map source for county and state changes to 1920, December 11, 1997
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Mojeaux (Wichita KS USA) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Map Guide to the U.S. Federal Censuses, 1790-1920 (Paperback)
This book is a excellent source of geographical information regarding the various county and state boundary changes form 1790 to 1920. The maps would be of benefit to both the historian and the genealogist.
The maps are clear and easy to read. Comparison to the current county bounday is made for each census year. Non-populated counties are noted.
I highly recommend this book for genealogists and anyone interested in the history or development of the USA or a particular state or county.
Lorna Rust
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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Essential key to finding your relatives in the Census, February 13, 2003
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Fred "mrdata22" (Sacramento, CA United States) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Map Guide to the U.S. Federal Censuses, 1790-1920 (Paperback)
I spent a year looking for relatives in the U.S. (plus State) Census records. After awhile, I got stuck because I couldn't find certain relatives. Then, after taking a Genealogy class, this book was recommended by the teacher (who had 30+ years experience). This book shows how each county boundry line changed from one U.S. Census to another beginning in 1790 through 1920, for every county in the United States (including Alaska and Hawaii). This book is an essential key for genealogy research because many relatives never moved but their county of residence may have changed from one census to another because of shifting county lines. Knowing where the county boundry lines were for a particular census can put you on the correct path to locating your relatives in the the county where they were counted. It did for me. This information can also be helpful for State census years, as it gives you a guide to the counties involved with shifting county boundries. With the information in this book, you can more easily find your relatives in the Census and save much time. I hestitated in purchasing it because of the price and there are so many genealogy books out there and I can't afford them all. However, I'm glad I did, because this book has saved me many hours of time and, of course, only you can determine how much your time is worth. As far as I know, this is the only book of its kind.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must have for all Genealogists!, November 10, 2001
This review is from: Map Guide to the U.S. Federal Censuses, 1790-1920 (Paperback)
This book is used constantly, and as a source it is not replacable. There is no other book on the market that helps you figure out the county lines in the state you are researching. It aids in the total research of county to county, as these counties changed and more were added.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great tool while surfing the net, April 2, 2001
This review is from: Map Guide to the U.S. Federal Censuses, 1790-1920 (Paperback)
Keep this book handy when using online databases to find census information. Many County Boundaries changed over time. Don't waste find looking in the wrong county. County maps for each state are clearly outlined and you can see the current county name in a different shade then the county name for each census year.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars No genealogical reference collection can be considered complete without the inclusion of the Map Guide To The U.S. Censuses, September 7, 2006
This review is from: Map Guide to the U.S. Federal Censuses, 1790-1920 (Paperback)
The collaborative work of William Thorndale and William Dollarhide, Map Guide To The U.S. Federal Censuses, 1790-1920 was originally published in 1987 and has now been reissued and is once again available to aspiring and experienced genealogists. Enhanced with the inclusion of almost 400 maps, the old county lines are superimposed over modern county lines to highlight boundary changes at ten-year intervals. Also included is a history of census growth, a precis of technical facts about each census, a discussion of census accuracy, an essay on the sources available for identifying each state's old county lines, and a statement with each map indicating which county census lists survive and which are lost, and an index listing all present-day counties, defunct counties, and re-named counties. No genealogical reference collection can be considered complete without the inclusion of the Map Guide To The U.S. Censuses.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars How did I ever do without it?, January 2, 2004
This review is from: Map Guide to the U.S. Federal Censuses, 1790-1920 (Paperback)
There are very few reference books a genealogist really needs to own - most just end up collecting dust. This, however, is a rare gem.
The book's premise is simple. It presents, in chronological order, maps of county borders by state, for each U.S. census year. The maps are clear, concise, and absolutely accurate. Notations of county formation dates and other significant events are icing on the cake.
Not sure if great-great-uncle's farm was in Houston or Crawford county in 1860? Wondering if Youngtown fell in different counties during different years? Look no further. Any serious genealogist or social historian with an interest in 1800's North America will find themselves refering to this book again and again.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Map Guide to the Federal Censuses 1790-1920, January 17, 2008
This review is from: Map Guide to the U.S. Federal Censuses, 1790-1920 (Paperback)
This book is a wonderful tool for genealogists to see the boundary changes for each county in each state for each Census year. It gives the dates when changes were made which helps in knowing where to look for vital records, land records, probate records etc. The book is very easy to read and understand.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This book an absolute must for genealogists., October 10, 2008
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Susanna (Lubbock, TX USA) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Map Guide to the U.S. Federal Censuses, 1790-1920 (Paperback)
This book of Map Guide to the U.S. Federal Censuses 1790-1920 is absolutely essential when researching one's ancestors. It is possible to trace their migration across this land in the earlier years of settlement. In fact, because of the differing boundries of counties and State divisions, it is necessary to place the ancestor in the correct location in his/her day rather than as the current maps show it today. It is the difference sometimes of locating a correct ancestor by a certain name and confusing another person with the same name in a slightly different location who is not kin at all. I am 100% delighted with this book.

Susanna
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A most useful tool, January 3, 2011
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This book clearly illustrates the evolvement of county boundaries withing each state at each census date. Obviously this is more useful for older states with more changes over a longer period of time. It is clearly illustrated with notes about special changes between census dates. If you are using US Census records for your genealogy quests, this is a great tool as often, people were listed in one county which seemingly changed boundaries on the next census making you think they had moved. A bit pricey, but very useful.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Must have for serious genealogists, February 10, 2010
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If you spend any time in the census records over several states, then this book is essential. I wish I had found it years ago. County boundaries changed many times, especially in the early census records and this book gives you current county boundaries with overlays for each census year showing the changes. Your ancestor may never have moved but lived in several different counties. Well worth the money if you do a lot of genealogy research.
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Map Guide to the U.S. Federal Censuses, 1790-1920
Map Guide to the U.S. Federal Censuses, 1790-1920 by William Thorndale (Paperback - Jan. 1995)
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