Free Online Genealogy Website of the Day – David Rumsey’s Historical Maps

If you are looking for maps to aid in your genealogy research, the David Rumsey Map Collection website should not be missed. It has a terrific search engine with associated tools, as well as an abundance of information.

From the website: “The David Rumsey Map Collection was started over 35 years ago and contains more than 150,000 maps. The collection focuses on rare 16th through 21st-century maps of North and South America, as well as maps of the World, Asia, Africa, Europe, and Oceania. The collection includes atlases, globes, wall maps, school geographies, pocket maps, books of exploration, maritime charts, and a variety of cartographic materials including pocket, wall, children, and manuscript maps. Items range in date from around 1550 to the present. Digitization of the collection began in 1996 and there are now over 118,000 items online.”

Additional tools and features include:

  • Interactive Globes
  • Georeferencer
  • MapRank Search

There is a robust Help Center that includes Frequently Asked Questions as well as information on how to use the Luna Viewer and Browser.

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