12/07/2010 - 10,000 images and 23 atlases viewable in the Rare Book Library
We are in the process of creating the world's most complete and collection of rare atlases and if you have an interest in cartography, it is well worth your time experience the Rare Book Library at this early stage.
06/02/2010 - 3D Rare Book Library Launched
05/03/2010 - Kroll Map Company provides HMW with vintage maps of Seattle
Researchers interested in the history and development of Seattle, Washington will be pleased to know that Kroll Map Company has generously opened its archive to Historic Map Works and has provided five vintage maps dating from 1920c to 1947c for inclusion in our online collection.
Kroll's tradition of quality cartography began in 1911, when Carl Kroll acquired the longstanding Anderson Map Company and the Washington Map and Blueprint Company.
Since its inception, the company has focused on mapping for real estate and local government, custom mapping, and the publication of numerous general mapping products.
Kroll Map Company's roots extend back as far as the 1870s with the Anderson Map Company and the Washington Map and Blueprint Company, making Kroll one of the oldest businesses in the Seattle area.
This was another era, when maps were drawn with quill pens, map images were captured on glass photographic plates (and exposed to sunlight for printmaking), and field checks were performed on horseback.
Cartography has advanced considerable since those early times and the Kroll Map Company continues to make new and exciting maps of the Pacific Northwest and the world to this day using cutting edge GIS techniques and precise cartographic software.
In a nod to its storied past, Kroll Map Company has generously allowed Historic Map Works access to its extensive cartographic archive including three maps of Seattle and its environs: 1920c, 1940c, 1947c as well as two large scale parcel maps from this 1930 Kroll atlas: 1930.
The maps above can been overlaid on modern satellite maps within our Historic EarthTM viewer by clicking the large green View the History of this place button on the zoom in/out page. When viewed within Historic EarthTM, you will quickly see the changes in property ownership as well as the development timelines. For example, this map from the Kroll Map Company's 1930 atlas shows the area around Boeing Field before the wholesale changes which occurred in the post-war boom years. Use the opacity sliders to fade between the old map and the modern street map and click other years to include other maps within the display.
We wish to thank our colleagues at Kroll Map Company for allowing our users access to their archive. If you wish to know more about Kroll Map Company's current products or their map creation services, we encourage you to visit their website: www.KrollMap.com or call them directly on 206-448-6277.
04/14/2010 - Town Map Plotting in Historic Earth
By clicking the Historical Additional Content tab, you now have the option of enabling Town Map Plotting feature.
Doing so will plot a new TOWN icon on the modern map to represent additional town maps in the collection. If more than one map exisits for that particular town, you will be given a choice of thumbnails. Each thumbnail can be clicked to revel the full size version of that map in the Zoomify viewer.
Note: like Historic Building plotting and Points of Interest plotting, a maximum of 50 towns will be plotted at any one time, so the more you zoom in on the map viewer the more accurate your results.
02/25/2010 - 24 Million Historic Property Photographs
By linking Vintage Aerial's 24 million property photographs with Historic Map Works's property maps, we hope to provide a key new research avenue for anyone interested in the history of their family home or the development of their town. Ultimately, we will enrich Vintage Aerial's historic photograph collection with our Historic Earth™ technology, allowing users to browse historical maps and find related historical photographs.
The partnership will first be apparent to our members as graphic banners linking historic map content to the Vintage Aerial website. As many long term members will note, this is the first time we have provided such prominent links to another collection. We encourage all of our members to visit Vintage Aerial's website to find a photograph connected to your past.
To get started with your search, visit their collection at www.vintageaerial.com
If you have any questions or would like more information about our partnership, please contact us.
02/22/2010 - HMW purchases Metsker Maps and the company's original map archive
For more information about HMW's purchase of Metsker Maps, please see this announcement.
02/04/2010 - Maps Locked / Maps Unlocked button added to Historic Earth
02/04/2010 - New way to zoom into maps inside Historic Earth
As we ultimately plan to make all of our maps available as overlays inside of Historic Earth, we are working on other ways to incorporate the purchase page, browse atlas pages, and other aspects of our traditional site into the new viewer as well.
02/03/2010 - The first of our Texas overlays uploaded into Historic Earth
These maps have taken a little longer to appear in Historic Earth as we had to invent a couple of new processes before we could create the overlays. The challenge was trying to geocode maps which predate the inclusion of any discernible points of reference such as road intersections, railroad lines, or town names. The majority of Texas county maps fall in this category as many only show landowner names without much else. The few roads which are on these maps do not allow us to create the hundred or so points of georeference that we need to overlay maps of this scale.
An example of one these challenging maps can be found by following this link to this Presidio County map from 1911. To accomplish this challenge, our geocoding team created a new proprietary geocoding process which uses our own in-house pattern recognition algorithms and other software. In the future, we will apply the same techniques and software to create overlays for other maps in our collection which have previously been deemed impossible to georeference.
01/27/2010 - Bird's Eye and Aerial Views added to Historic Earth
01/23/2010 - People Search Beta launched in Historic Earth
You may have spotted the addition of a box called People Search to the main Tools tab of Historic Earth. We are using this as a beta test for a proposed function. In the future, we plan to plot the names, addresses, and occupations of the people listed in our city directory collection inside the Historic Earth Map viewer as a way for our members to visually trace where their ancestors lived and help them find the corresponding old maps.
Functionality is currently limited to an 1871 directory of our hometown of Portland, Maine. If we decide to add a People Search feature to the site we will roll it out for other geographic areas you will see an announcement on the site.
If you wish to try the beta, go to Historic Earth, click the Tools tab on the right and type in a surname into the People Search box. This will plot the data from the 1871 city directory onto the modern map with an icon featuring a person. You will need to manually navigate the modern map to Portland, Maine to see any of the icons (or type in Portland, ME in the address search box to be whisked directly there. Click the icon to see more information about that person such as occupation, address when it exists in the directly as well as a link to that specific page in the directory. If you have any comments about the People Search Beta, get in touch.
01/13/2010 - Share your stories and upload photos in Historic Earth
Log into your account and go to Historic Earth. Find a place in the modern map where you wish to leave a comment and or picture and then click Add a Point.
You will then be prompted to click the map to indicate where you would like to leave your comments and photos. Type in a title for your comment and upload a photo if you wish. You can choose to keep your photos and comments private before submitting. We recommend you make your comments public when possible that way, others will be able to share their information about that same spot.
To get the project started, we have prepopulated over 1 million points into Historic Earth. These include the names and locations of airports, buildings, cemetery, churches, hospitals, schools and other categories. Click the Additional Content tab in Historic Earth to enable viewing for the category(s) of interest. You can leave comments about all of these prepopulated points.
12/28/2009 - Be the first to try the Beta of our new Locate My Family tool
Combining the information from your family tree with our map collection is a powerful new way to visualize your family's migration across the world. Try the Beta here. .
Make sure you leave your questions or comments on the link provided as this feedback will help us determine whether or not to expand the capabilities of the program as a stand alone tool or ultimately, incorporate the features of Locate My Family into the Historic Earth Viewer.
12/23/2009 - High Resolution, 300 dpi downloads now available
I'm happy to announce the arrival of our high resolution, 300 dpi download feature. For $19.99, visitors to Historic Map Works can download their favorite maps at 3 to 4 times the clarity of our previous 72 dpi or Adobe .pdf downloads. Just select the quality of image you wish to purchase before clicking download. We are currently including 1 free high resolution download per month with a monthly subscription, so you may find it more economic to take out a monthly subscription if you plan to use more than a couple of print at home / download at home features.
Many of our users will still find that the 72 dpi standard resolution images to be more than adequate for their research needs so we have decided to keep them on the site for download as well, but at 1/2 their previous cost - $4.99. Check out our pricing chart and a link to our Evaluation Atlas where you can preview the 300 dpi image quality on our Membership Details page.
Like the 72 dpi downloads, the new high resolution images are still only licensed for personal, non-commercial use and will contain a light Historic Map Works watermark. You can purchase alternative licenses and obtain non-watermarked images by contacting our licensing department by contacting us.
12/20/2009 - Did you see the story about Historic Map Works on the evening news?
12/04/2009 - The numbers keep climbing...
12/02/2009 - Historic Earth improvements made
In the initial incarnation of Historic Earth, the maps which contain a geographic point were listed in the results window in straight chronological order. The update now sorts those results into three categories according to their scale: small (block and street level maps), medium (city and county maps), and large (state, regional, country, continental, and worldwide). Within each category, the maps are listed chronological.
Additionally, if you are viewing a medium or large scale map and you zoom to a point where the map is no longer useful, the map will be hidden until you zoom back to an appropriate level. We hope these two improvements, make your research easier.
11/12/2009 - More maps put into the new Historic Earth viewer
Check Historic Earth daily to see updates to the red coverage polygon which is a visual indication of the areas with maps.
As a reminder, if Historic Earth currently doesn't have maps loaded for your area of interest, use the traditional viewers and searches on www.HistoricMapWorks.com to access the full 1.1 million images.
11/10/2009 - New View the History of this Place button added
When viewing a map in the Zoomify page, click the big green button labeled View the history of this place and you will be taken into the new Historic Earth viewer where you will see a list of the other maps which have been geocoded for that area.
10/14/2009 - The collection continues to grow...
NY Staten Island and Richmond County 1874
NJ Newark and New Jersey 1873 by G. M. Hopkins
NJ Trenton and New Jersey 1881 by E. Robinson
NJ Bloomfield (Essex County) 1912 Tax Map Atlas
NJ Hudson County (Hoboken) 1934 by Hopkins
NJ Caldwell - Essex Fells - Roseland 1933 Real Estate Atlas
NJ Verona (Essex County) 1928 Tax Maps Surveys
NJ Maplewood - South Orange - Roseland 1928 by Robinson
NJ Jersey City 1928 by G.M. Hopkins
NJ Oranges 1911 by Mueller
NJ Jersey City and Hudson County 1894 Vol 2 by Fowler 2
OH Cleveland 1898
OH Lake County 1915
OH Cleveland 1912 Vol 1
OH Cleveland 1932 Vol 1 Revised 1942
OH Cleveland 1932 Vol 4 Revised 1942
OH Cleveland 1933 Vol 3
OH Cuyahoga County 1927 Vol 5
OH Cuyahoga County 1942 Vol 2 Revised 1950
OH Cuyahoga 1956 Vol5
10/14/2009 - Historic Earth iPhone App Launches!
Our Historic Earth™ App allows users to travel back through time and view the development of cities and towns across the U.S. and soon the entire world. The features and content of Historic Earth™ are adapted to view on your iPhone or Wi-Fi connected iPod Touch. You can find and view maps using the built in iPhone GPS. Search for an address, or U.S. landmark, or a visual browse while viewing a modern day map.
To see a video demo and a link to the App itself within iTunes visit:
Historic Earth™ iPhone App
10/02/2009 - One Million Images!
As of today, the site's image counter hit 1,000,000 images, but we're not stopping there as we have an equal number still to put up. Keep checking the scrolling title page feed at the top of this page to keep up to date with the most recent additions.
09/17/2009 - Historic Earth Launches!
Coverage for most midwest states and the rest of our collection will be added over the next few weeks. World wide coverage based on the maps from the Osher Map Library will be added soon.
Try Historic Earth™ by following the links on the home page.
08/28/2009 - Redesign of new homepage
08/17/2009 - Landowner Name Search now includes over 20 million midwest family names
08/17/2009 - 69 Philadelphia Atlases now viewable
Hint: the little book icon next to a map group name indicates an atlas as opposed to a single map.
07/07/2009 - 40,000 Images made searchable in the Landowner Name Search
If you would like to try it out, click the Landowner Name Search link at the top of the main search page.
06/24/2009 - Landowner Name Search function added for atlas directory pages.
06/17/2009 - 14 Philladelphia Atlases Just Purchased
The new atlases include:
Philadelphia 1891 by Baist
Philadelphia 1883 by Hopkins
Philadelphia 1872 West inc Wards 24 & 27 by Hopkins
Philadelphia 1874 Ward 19 by Jones & Co.
Philadelphia 1884 Wards 21 & 28 by Hopkins
Philadelphia 1885 Ward 22 by Hopkins
Philadelphia 1886 Wards 11-15 by Bromley
Philadelphia 1892 Wards 24 & 34 by Bromley
Philadelphia 1886 Wards 16, 17, 20, 29 by Bromley
Philadelphia 1887 Wards 18, 19, 31 by Bromley
Philadelphia 1889 Wards 26 & 30 by Bromley
Philadelphia 1892 Ward 27 by Bromley
Philadelphia 1894 Wards 28, 32, 37 by Bromley
Philadelphia 1886 Wards 16, 17, 20, 29 by Bromley
06/12/2009 - Over Half A Million Photographs and Drawings Made Available
Browse the collection for images of residences, schools, businesses, mills, landscapes and hundreds of other categories. Images from the last 75 years have all been made name searchable and location browseable. Also interesting to note is the Browse by Subject feature which allows users to view all photographs of a common subject area. If for example, you are researching historic log cabins click the Browse by Subject link and then the log cabin link to be shown results of all the photographs which meet that search criteria. Similar searches can be done for subjects ranging from adobe buildings to zoos.
In the future, these images will be linked to relevant maps within the Historic Map Works collection. For a demonstration, click the green Geocode button in certain parts of Massachusetts in the Historic Photographs collection for images linked to maps.
06/08/2009 - 20 Washington D.C. Property Atlases Now Address Searchable
This means members can type a modern D.C. (and suburbs) address into the Atlas Search function and be taken directly to the plate which covers that geographic area. Once inside an atlas that has been geocoded, members can overlay the boundaries of the old map on top of modern street and satellite base layers.
Click on the blue Search tab at the top of any screen and then choose the Address option to get started.
05/27/2009 - Find A Map Page Launched
05/01/2009 - Bovine Genealogy?
Well, it has recently come to our attention that a few of the maps in our collection can also be used for a slightly narrower field of research we are calling Bovine Genealogy.
On such maps, not only are the names of the property owners displayed, but also the brand or mark that farm placed on their cattle.
An example of a map which lends itself to Bovine Genealogy is this 1963 map from Tripp County, South Dakota.
Unfortunately, we're still trying to figure out how to make the brand symbols searchable for our members.
If you know of another slightly left-of-center use for our maps, get in touch. A free months membership will be given for the ones which make us say, we've never thought of that!
04/14/2009 - The first of 1 million midwest geocodes enabled
For the first time on any site, midwest researchers will be able to search the world's largest historical map collection by either entering a modern street address or a set of latitude / longitude coordinates.
04/01/2009 - HMW Storage Space Exceeds 140 Terabytes
As you can imagine, with plans for over a million maps online by this time next year, we face many storage challenges. Add into the equation that we scan the original maps at an archival fine-art quality and that the average image size for a map from our collection is around 16"x20" (with some as large as 5'x5') and the storage requirements quickly add up.
To address the ongoing need for space, we recently upgraded our servers to 140 terabytes.
So how large is a terabyte? Wikipedia describes it here and points out that the Library of Congress's Web Capture Team (the team which is creating an archive of all the sites on the Internet) had collected almost 83 terabytes as of last year.
So what are we going to do with the additional space? We have many exciting projects in the works, including the ability to download full 300 dpi images directly from the website. When launched, we will continue to offer our standard downloads for the researcher, however those who need the highest quality images possible will have access to the larger 300 dpi files. Keep an eye on the home page during the next couple of months for an announcement when this feature becomes available.
03/16/2009 - Nine Cleveland and Cuyahoga County Property Atlases Arrive
03/13/2009 - Monthly and Yearly Subscriptions Announced.
03/09/2009 - Recently Added Images Link Added To Site
02/06/2009 - Delivery taken for 75 additional antiquarian atlases
Florida North Dade County 1951
Illinois Macoupin County 1875 Including the State of Illinois, Menard County 1899, Moultrie County 1875 Including the State of Illinois, Rock Island County 1905, Williamson County 1908
Indiana Marshall County 1922,Montgomery County 1878,Noble County 1893, St. Joseph County 1929
Iowa Calhoun County 1920, Clayton County 1914,Greene County 1928, Hardin County 1875, Misssissipi River Charts 1867 Warren's Report of the Bridging of the River, Monroe County 1919, Muscatine County 1874, Polk County 1914, Poweshiek County 1908, Tama County 1909, Washington County 1920
Kansas Douglas County 1921, Mitchell County 1917
Michigan Hillsdale County 1894, Jackson County 1894, Mason County 1904
Minnesota Chippewa County 1914, Cottonwood County 1896, Douglas County 1958, Fillmore County 1928, Goodhue County 1914, Jackson County 1914, Lincoln County 1915, Lyon County 1929, Murray County 1926, Nichollet County 1899, Nornan County 1910, Ramsey - Dakota - Washington Counties and St. Paul 1960, Ramsey County 1931, Rock Count 1935, Wilkin County 1915
Missouri Harrison County 1876,Harrison County 1917, Scotland County 1898
Nebraska Cuming County 1919, Furnas County 1904, Gosper County 1948, Missouri River Charts 1877 Major Charles R. Suter Surveys
New Mexico Harding and Union Counties 1930
New York New York City 1890c Block Book Vol 2 Canal to Fourteenth Street
North Dakota Traill County 1909
Ohio Cayahoga County 1927, Clark County 1875, Defiance County 1890, Delaware County 1875, Morrow County 1871, Noble County 1876, Paulding County 1917, Shelby County 1875, Shelby County 1900, Williams Couny 1894
South Dakota Day County 1963, Douglas County 1909 - 1910, Grant County 1929, Lincoln County 1929
Washington Lincoln County 1943
Wisconsin Buffalo County 1914, Columbia County 1873, Grant County 1877, Jackson County 1914, Lafayette County 1895, Marathon County 1901, Richland County 1895, Rock County 1940
Canada - British Columbia Trout Lake - Lardeau and Ainsworth 1928 Mineral Reference Map
01/07/2009 - Illustration Finder Launched
Find the answer to these questions and more by being the first to visit our new Illustration Finder.
To help you with your search for family names and relevant pictures, we've compiled a list of all the surnames we've recorded for our historic illustration collection. You can either browse a brand new alphabetical list or conduct a keyword search. Click on a name (or a variation of the spelling of your name) in the Illustration Finder to see the associated images in the collection. These names could be surnames or the family name within a farm or business name. Happy hunting.
12/30/2008 - Publisher Search Added
Keep in mind that publishers and authors often referred to themselves in various ways as their firms evolved. As we try to record the publisher in the same manner listed on the work's title page or copyright information, you may want to try various searches in the publisher field if you wish to find as many results as possible.
For example, if you would like to find all the George H. Walker associated works in the collection, it is best to try simple searches first such as 'Walker' as his company had over 9 variations of its name in its existence (we counted!), including: Geo. H. Walker, George Walker, Geo. H. Walker & Co., Geo. H. Walker and Company. ect...
12/24/2008 - Thumbnails added to search results and other changes to the site.
We have some pretty exciting new features planned for the site in the coming year, including increasing the size of the city directory collection by a large amount as well as a redesign of the directories viewer to allow easier browsing and and the ability to print pages at home.
12/10/2008 - HistoricMapWorks.com reaches 10 million page views
11/26/2008 - New Rotate Option Added to Geocode Feature
11/25/2008 - New Points of Interest Browse
11/25/2008 - Print at Home Feature Now Only 99 Cents
11/18/2008 - Take advantage of our holiday flat rate shipping & handling offer for our most popular products
09/15/2008 - HMW Purchases an Additional 109 Atlases
09/02/2008 - Gift Certificates and e-Gift Certificates now available
07/08/2008 - Rotate Function Added To Map Viewer
07/02/2008 - Attribute and Quality Tags Added to U.S. Map Groups
At the same time, we classified all of our U.S. map groups according to the quality of the images within. There are two classifications: High Quality and Informational Quality. The first denotes high quality scans of original documents that are perfect for fine-art quality reproduction prints, this is designated by the H icon next to the publisher. The second classification denotes scans which are suitable for research use and lend themselves nicely to being printed in our Research Print format, this is designated by the i icon next to the publisher.
It is possible to order a full-size fine-art reproduction of an image from a map group designated as Informational Quality, however the final print quality and legibility will be much lower than from our High Quality images.
06/06/2008 - Improved User Comment System
05/28/2008 - Reduced International Shipping Rates
05/12/2008 - Newly Redesigned Site Launched
04/02/2008 - Framed Prints Now Available