Illinois Land Ownership Maps  

Ancestry Library Edition (Ancestry LE) includes a record collection called U.S., Indexed County Land Ownership Maps 1860-1918. Users of the Genealogy Room will be interested to learn that coverage includes many of our neighboring Illinois counties.

You can locate this record collection in this manner:

·         SEARCH—CARD CATALOG—TITLE land ownership

Land ownership maps range in complexity, but most of the items in this record collection are detailed county atlases showing every property owners’ name at the time the county atlas was compiled. Schools, churches, and other important buildings also are usually indicated on these maps, and they normally also indicate if a church has an adjacent cemetery. They also indicate township and county boundaries and can include photos of county officers and some buildings and homes. Some include photos and biographical sketches of prominent landowners. Many contain an advertising section, with display ads that can provide names of business owners, board members or officers of larger businesses, and business establishment dates.

These maps can be searched by:

·         State
·         County
·         Year
·         Owner's name

Maps can be emailed, printed, or saved to flash drives. Some maps may be subject to copyright restrictions.

Neighboring Illinois counties covered include:

·         Jersey County—1893, 1916
·         Madison County—1873, 1892
·         Monroe County—1916
·         St. Clair County—1874

You can use Ancestry LE at Central Library or any of our branches.

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