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Resources in our Collection
Historical County Atlases
Between 1874 and 1881, 32 county atlases were produced for Ontario. Each of the county atlases consists of a historical text, township and town maps, portraits, views, and directory/business cards. But more important, names of residents were marked on the lots of the township maps in these county atlases.
The McLaughlin Library carries the following county atlases in the Reference collection:
|Elgin||Essex and Kent||Frontenac, Lennox and Addington|
|Hastings and Prince Edward||Huron||Lambton|
|Lanark and Renfrew||Leeds and Grenville||Lincoln and Welland|
|Middlesex||Norfolk||Northumberland and Durham|
|Perth||Peterborough||Prescott and Russell|
|Simcoe||Stormont, Dundas and Glengarry||Victoria|
Oshawa Historical Maps
We carry a wide range of historical maps for the town and city of Oshawa and surrounding communities. These are housed in the Local History Collection at the McLaughlin Branch Library.
Insurance Plan for the City of Oshawa, July 1966
LOCAL HIST 912.71356 CAN (McL)
Genealogy, Geography, and Maps: Using Atlases and Gazetteers to Find Your Family
REF 921.1072071 DOU (McL)
The Phillimore Atlas and Index of Parish Registers
REF 912.1200942 PHI (McL)
Using Maps in Family History Research: Lessons & Links
REF DESK 929.1072 STR (McL)
Walking with Your Ancestors: A Genealogist’s Guide to Using Maps and Geography
929.1072073 KAS (LC, McL)
The Canadian County Atlas Digital Project - McGill University
The County Atlas Digital Project is a searchable database of the property owners' names that appear on the township maps in the county atlases. Township maps, portraits and properties have been scanned, with links from the property owners' names in the database.
Canadian Geographic Historical Maps of Canada
Watch the map of Canada change in this quick overview of Canadian history from 1700 to 1999.
David Rumsey Historical Map Collection
Excellent resource showing how powerful GIS can be in showing old maps.
Historical Atlas of Canada: Online Learning Project
Three volumes which explore major themes and episodes in the history of Canada using maps, text, and graphics.
Library of Congress American Memory Project
Collection of American History and National Parks Maps.
Maps 1667-1999 - Canadian Confederation
A series of maps that recount important moments in Canada's history. These maps cover the period from the French colonial era of the seventeenth century to the creation of Nunavut in 1999.
Maps, Plans & Charts
About 4,000 maps and plans, now in the public domain, have been digitized and may be consulted online.
Perry-Castañeda Library Map Collection - Historical Maps
Online collection of more than 11,000 maps from the Perry-Castañeda Library Map Collection at the University of Texas.
W. H. Pugsley Collection of Early Canadian Maps - McGill University
50 early Canadian maps dating from 1556 to 1857.
Courtesy of the United States Military Academy at West Point.