Saturday, November 26, 2011

Saturday Night Genealogy Fun - Historical County Boundaries

From Randy over at Genea-Musings:

Hey Genea-philes, have you recovered from your tryptophan coma on Thursday?  Wake up - it's SATURDAY NIGHT!  Time for more GENEALOGY FUN!

Your mission, should you decide to accept it, is to:

1)  Go to the Historical U.S. County Maps page on Randy Majors website ( ) .Read the whole page for tips on how to use the tool by entering a current geographical place in the United States and a year (from the drop down list) at the top of the page.

2)  Pick one place of interest and enter the name of the place (a current town/city or county) and choose a year from the dropdown list.  Use the Back < and Forward > arrow links to move forward or backward in time.

3)  Note the Historical jurisdiction for the place you selected for each year.  Write down the list from 1790 to 1900.

4)  Post the place you selected and the historical jurisdictions for that place in a blog post of your own, in a comment to this blog post, or in a Facebook Status or google Plus Stream post.

5) Think about  the jurisdictions that came up - have you looked in those jurisdictions for information about your ancestral families that were in that place?

Here's mine:

I chose Johnson County, Georgia.  The jurisdictions it was in from 1790 to 1900 were:

1790:  Washington County, Georgia
1800:  Montgomery County, Georgia
1810:  Montgomery County, Georgia
1820:  Emanuel County, Georgia
1830:  Emanuel County, Georgia
1840:  Emanuel County, Georgia
1850:  Emanuel County, Georgia
1860:  Johnson County, Georgia (created December 11, 1858)

1870:  Johnson County, Georgia
1880:  Johnson County, Georgia
1890:  Johnson County, Georgia
1900:  Johnson County, Georgia

I have done research in Washington County.  Emanuel County has had too many courthouse fires to be of much help.  However, I have not done ANY research in Montgomery County.  I'd better get on that!

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