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HeritageQuest Online: Maps

HeritageQuest Online is powered by! This guide will provide insight into the content, features, and functionality of HeritageQuest Online.

About the Maps

We are very excited to present a new access point for the beloved Maps long found in HeritageQuest Online. Originally published in Map Guide to the U.S. Federal Censuses, 1790-1920, by William Thorndale and William Dollarhide in 1987, these easy-to-access maps provide unique insight into how county and state boundaries changed as the country's boundaries expanded, and populations grew and migrated.

This interactive map will provide exclusive access to these valuable maps... 


Hover your mouse over a state to see statehood facts.


Click the state to launch a layer with all available maps; the oldest map displays by default. Click on a year to the left to see the affiliated map. Click the "Downloadable State Guide" link at the bottom of the layer to launch's multi-page reference document for that state. 


To see U.S. national maps by decade, click on the "Or see the entire U.S. by decade" link on the main Maps tab page. The oldest map displays by default. Click on a year to the left to see the affiliated map.

Save, Print, and Email Maps

To Save, Print, or Email a map for your research, right-click your mouse and choose from the listed options. Options list/order will differ by browser, but the most common across browsers are: 

  • Save image as will allow you to save the image to your computer or a USB memory stick.
  • Copy image URL will allow you to paste the URL into an email to send to your inbox.
  • Copy image will create an image that you can then paste into a document which you can save on your computer/USB memory stick.
  • Print will send the image to the connected/networked printer.

NOTE: All maps have the copyright information included at the bottom of the page. This copyright will appear on any saved, printed, or emailed image.