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steelheadwill

OLD US MAPS WITH OVERLAY TOOL FREE!!

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Here's a good'un, better than some of the paid services.

 

People at other sites have asked me not to publicize this,

 I choose to share the information with our members at JGD 

Hat's off to JohnnyBlaze who I now see already linked this :sunny:

 

Find a map of your area that shows buildings,(check inside the state &
county atlases too) then click on the 'Free basic historic earth'
icon to overlay,
check off the google hybrid choice, & use the slider bar to go from modern
to old views. find the open/wooded areas that used to have structure.  give it a
little time and you will be zipping along and writing notes about intersections
and landmarks to help find the sites.
you'll sometimes find the old and new
don't line up precisely,
just note which direction it's off and compensate.
If you don't find the structure right off, scan around the area
till you locate an 'iron patch', anytime you find one of these it's a sign of
activity and an area worthy of searching  
It's an awesome feeling to find
the foundation you were  researching !!
  These maps have been used by MDers
for a while, but I've found a couple honeyholes that weren't cleaned out.

                               Go Git Em!     Herbie :wave:

http://www.historicmapworks.com/Browse/North_America/

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" THANK YOU "

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This is an awesome site, thanks so much!

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Im confused is it under google earth or historic earth or free historic google earth!

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Im confused is it under google earth or historic earth or free historic google earth!

   Follow these instructions step by step as stated in the OP.  I can't spell it out any clearer than this.....

  Hope you can make it work, :sunny:

Find a map of your area that shows buildings,(check inside the state &

county atlases too) then click on the 'Free basic historic earth'

icon to overlay,

check off the google hybrid choice, & use the slider bar to go from modern

to old views.

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Thank you that is way cool!

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Hey MJ, who ever didn't want you sharing this must live in a very small world and think that they are the ONLY ones with permission to research stuff. man how short sighted of them,,,,lol

 

I will gladly share research tools. Here are a few maps sites I use:

 

http://www.oldmapsonline.org/

http://cida.usgs.gov/hqsp/apex/f?p=262:1:4165241993095504

http://www.old-maps.com/

http://www.historicmapworks.com/Collections/APS/

http://learning.loc.gov/ammem/gmdhtml/gmdhome.html

http://www.lib.utexas.edu/maps/map_sites/hist_sites.html

http://www.historicmapsrestored.com/

http://www.history-map.com/theme-index-001.htm

 

 

Good luck and Happy Hunting!!

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Hey I think I heard from the same person about my sharing this page :sFun_nahnahna4:

   It's no secret though, so many have used it, I don't think there's virgin sites to be uncovered

with any of the late 19th C insurance maps.

 I use it to find sites near me that may still have some hidden gems, going slow and working the iron,

 pulled some real nice finds from sites I located with these pages.

 Be aware that roads and streams change course, and the maps (and overlay) aren't too accurate to begin with.

The best locator is RR tracks, they generally stay in the same position and are very useful, many times I've been looking for a foundation and couldn't see it till I was within 10 feet.. some spots that should have foundations don't, they've been removed when the land was farmed, these can be very good sites, passed over when no one could see the foundation.

 search not just with your eyes, but with your detector, the iron patch is what you're seeking. 


I'm not a doorknocker or a park hunter, I even shy away from invites from owners of colonial era homes that I do work for.

 Far in the woods on timber co land is where I feel comfortable.

 One woman is very insistent that I search her cellar and yard, she says that the 17th C owner/builder of her home, a sea captain and tavern keeper, has told here of 'secret things' hidden there. she has been trying to locate them using pendulums and such. maybe someday..  

 Thanks for the links Papa, I'm gonna check all of em!      HH All  :wave:

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So this Captain is talking to her???? Well I have have heard a man's voice (twice) behind me while at a camp in the U.T., turned around and seen no one. I have even capture a breath on video that was not me (very creepy). One of my buddies even smelled campfire smoke on a warm, windless day and he was 50 yards from me and I smelled nothing... We make sure we verbally thank the ghosts every time a good find is made...After all we are trying to tell their story from what they left behind...

 

Well I hope all can benefit from these websites. If any of the help someone, let me know.

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Thank you's for the sharing. Will post some of the research tools I use when I get to my computer.

~RayRay

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Post is over 2 years old, and 98% of the links, etc., are still good!  Maps need to be purchased, but are still usable!  Thank you all for the links!

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