Wednesday, January 29, 2014

HistoryGeo.com Announces New Maps, Tools, and Ways to Learn

For Immediate Release



NORMAN, Oklahoma, Jan. 28, 2014. HistoryGeo.com, the historical-maps service operated by Arphax Publishing Co., has undergone a complete facelift. Over the last few months, new content and new map-viewing tools have been added in earnest, and the final touches have just been completed.

HistoryGeo.com features two unique mapping tools: the First Landowners Project and the Antique Maps Project. The First Landowners Project delivers nearly 8 million original landowners (with more to come) in a single map layer. The Antique Maps Project, which is growing weekly, features 4000+ maps from around the United States, most of which feature landowners from different periods. More on this below.


New Learning Resources

We’ve just completed three new ways to learn how to use HistoryGeo.com:

  1. blog.historygeo.com (also available from the “Blog” link on our homepage)

Besides announcements and how-tos, HistoryGeo.com creator, Greg Boyd, is contributing articles demonstrating how to use HistoryGeo, often involving the ancestors of famous (or infamous) people. Included in each of these research-type posts will be "Subscriber-only" links, where subscribers can directly access the maps that Greg discusses in the articles.

  1. Training Videos for both the:

  1. Free surname-search which now gives consolidated results from both the First Landowners Project and the Antique Maps Project.  See the “Search” link on our homepage. Use this to quickly explore the breadth of our offerings. Subscribers can navigate directly to maps and locations found in their search results.

A Wealth of Award-Winning Data
Thousands (if not millions) have relied on our books for years, and now our work is available in its entirety, 24-hours a day from the comfort of your home (for pennies a day), or at your participating public library. HistoryGeo.com is listed in Family Tree Magazine’s Top 101 Best Websites for both 2012 and 2013.


A Word About Convenience
HistoryGeo.com has been re-engineered to use the most modern, yet common web-technologies available and now operates seamlessly on any PC, Mac, or tablet that utilizes any of the major web-browsers: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome, or Safari. No more installing of third-party plugins. As long as you have a decent internet connection and a post-2012 web-browser installed, you are ready to go.

About our Antique Maps Project
You may remember the collection of historical maps in our earlier version of HistoryGeo.com. Well those have all been moved over to the brand-new map-viewer housed in our Antique Maps Project. What's more, they've been joined by several hundred new maps (with countless more coming). Whenever you login, you now have the option of launching either the First Landowners or the brand-new Antique Maps map-viewer.

We've also been indexing new content like crazy! Check out any of these new, fully indexed maps, and we promise you'll be impressed . . .  
  • Albemarle County, Virginia (1875)
  • Bristol County, Massachusetts (1852)
  • Barren County, Kentucky (1879)
  • Natchez, Mississippi to New Orleans (1858)
  • Wayne County, Michigan (1860)
  • Edgar County, Illinois (1870)
  • Abbeville County, South Carolina (1894)
  • Bladen County, North Carolina (1885)
  • District of Columbia along B&O Railroad to Rockville, Maryland (1890)
Beyond these, we're the first to tackle the indexing of Cherokee Allotment maps (in northeastern Oklahoma). All of them are available now, and we're about 20% of the way through indexing them (the rest will happen pretty quickly). Also online and in the process of being indexed are more counties from North CarolinaSouth CarolinaVirginiaPennsylvania as well as MaineFlorida, and others.
HistoryGeo.com is dedicated to providing you with the most advanced map-content and analytical tools for today’s genealogist and historian. www.historygeo.com