November 21, 2017

Civil War Maps for Genealogy Available in Online Newspapers

In my last Premium podcast, I mentioned that Chronicling America, the Library of Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers, Congress’ historical newspaper website, sent out a newsletter on using Civil War maps printed in the New York Daily Tribune.  I just have to share more on this with everyone!

Chronicling America reports that as hostilities progressed, “people on both sides of the burgeoning Civil War [sought] to make sense of what [was] taking place in their country. The press rushed to publish stories and accounts of the battles, but perhaps the most telling features were the maps that they published. The New York Tribune published…graphical accounts of the Battle of Bull Run, Battle of Gettysburg and more.”

Of course I had to check out the links they provided to these incredible maps that were printed right in the newspapers.

This topic page  provides useful information for finding these maps, including significant dates, associated search terms, as well as sample article links.

This is just one more example of how newspapers continue to be an amazing resource for genealogists. If you haven’t dived into historical newsprint yet to research your family stories, you don’t know what you’re missing! My book How to Find Your Family History in Newspapers will get you started.

About Lisa Cooke

Lisa Louise Cooke is the Producer and Host of the Genealogy Gems Podcast, an online genealogy audio show and app. She is the author of the books The Genealogist’s Google Toolbox, Mobile Genealogy, How to Find Your Family History in Newspapers, and the Google Earth for Genealogy video series, an international keynote speaker, and producer of the Family Tree Magazine Podcast.

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