Any Historical Ohio Map can indicate who owned specific property in the state and which towns held the county seat at the time. This information is a valuable starting point for your research pointing you to the right location of records.
Solving Research Problems with a Ohio Maps – If you have started your family research, you might have experienced trouble with trying to identify Ohio 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 Ohio historic maps were usually commissioned by the county seat, they often display information about the county, including town names. Reading a Ohio 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 Ohio.
Ohio Map of Counties
Choosing the Best Ohio 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.
An 1875 map of Zanesville by Sanborn Insurance still exists today. It can be found at the Ohio Historical Society. The Newberry Library, Checklist of Printed Maps of the Middle West to 1800 is also a useful source of information on Ohio maps, although it is not complete. For instance, it does not include a listing of the maps that can be found at the Western Reserve Historical Society. There are also partial collections of Sanborn maps available at various Ohio libraries on microfilm. Some can also be found on library websites.
Ohio Map of County Formations For The Years 1788-1888
These Ohio maps shows the historical changes to Ohio counties from 1788 to 1888.