Solving Research Problems with a Colorado Maps
– If you have started your family research, you might have experienced trouble with trying to identify Colorado city borders and names that have changed over the course of time. This can make it difficult to understand where your ancestors’ information is kept.
Because Colorado historic maps were usually commissioned by the county seat, they often display information about the county, including town names. Reading a Colorado map from the time period you are researching can help tremendously in solving these problems by leading you to the correct town records. It can also give you other leads, such as the location of city directories or old post offices in Colorado.
Choosing the Best Colorado Map – If you have a large source of maps to choose from, try starting with the area where your ancestors resided and looking for the maps with the most detail. You can determine a lot by seeing if the area was still rural or more developed, and how far it was to the nearest city. This can shed light on your family’s lifestyle and occupation. Were they farmers who lived in the country, or merchants who traveled often to a nearby city? A map can give you an idea of what occupations were possible.
Colorado Geological Survey Maps are available from the Rocky Mountain Mapping Center. The Western History and Genealogy Department at the Denver Public Library has an extensive collection of over 2,000 maps, which includes explorations, surveys, railroad maps, trails, mining expeditions, and land grants. Good map collections are also located at the University of Colorado map library, Colorado State Archives and the School of Mines’ Arthur Lakes Library.