Comments on: Why You Need to Learn About Changing County Boundaries http://blogs.ancestry.com/ancestry/2013/11/19/why-you-need-to-learn-about-changing-county-boundaries/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=why-you-need-to-learn-about-changing-county-boundaries The official blog of Ancestry Sat, 28 Feb 2015 04:27:30 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.5.2 By: Ginger Horninghttp://blogs.ancestry.com/ancestry/2013/11/19/why-you-need-to-learn-about-changing-county-boundaries/#comment-189752 Ginger Horning Sun, 26 Jan 2014 19:28:53 +0000 http://blogs.ancestry.com/ancestry/?p=13321#comment-189752 Thanks for the info I have been trying to find people in Ohio over and over again with no luck I never gave it a thought that boundries might have changed. Will try a new search using this new info. Again Thank You

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By: skmhttp://blogs.ancestry.com/ancestry/2013/11/19/why-you-need-to-learn-about-changing-county-boundaries/#comment-189730 skm Sun, 26 Jan 2014 18:10:03 +0000 http://blogs.ancestry.com/ancestry/?p=13321#comment-189730 In my state, rural townships (6 miles x 6 miles, usually), occasionally become incorporated cities. For example, the former Avon Township became the city of Auburn Hills in the year 1984. Some communities existed ONLY as post offices, even if the community showed up on maps. There has never EVER been an incorporated city or town of “Union Lake, Michigan”, yet it was our mailing address for decades and definitely appears on many maps–it was only/still is a post office for four separate townships. These are all mid- to late- 20th century changes, there are earlier ones.

Good luck with those place names! I have already seen someone on line puzzling over why my own dad seemed to have lived in a PO Box, without taking the time to find out that it was just a rented Post Office, not a physical address.

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By: Madolyn Haynehttp://blogs.ancestry.com/ancestry/2013/11/19/why-you-need-to-learn-about-changing-county-boundaries/#comment-159818 Madolyn Hayne Mon, 25 Nov 2013 23:04:49 +0000 http://blogs.ancestry.com/ancestry/?p=13321#comment-159818 This is very important info for my research in Virginia, thanks for
all the places to find how counties changed during the 1600′s to 1900′s
when I suspect my ancestors didn’t move at all, but counties changed around them. Will make it much easier to determine where they lived.
Thanks for all the info!

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By: Jadehttp://blogs.ancestry.com/ancestry/2013/11/19/why-you-need-to-learn-about-changing-county-boundaries/#comment-158628 Jade Sat, 23 Nov 2013 18:34:47 +0000 http://blogs.ancestry.com/ancestry/?p=13321#comment-158628 The USGenWeb State sites have lists of County formations as well. Easy to find. The gateway listing states is:

http://www.usgenweb.org/

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By: Adrianahttp://blogs.ancestry.com/ancestry/2013/11/19/why-you-need-to-learn-about-changing-county-boundaries/#comment-158528 Adriana Sat, 23 Nov 2013 13:50:03 +0000 http://blogs.ancestry.com/ancestry/?p=13321#comment-158528 Thank you so much, everyone. I have run into this problem numerous times over the years. I search the next or previous census in the same county for a family, get zero results, and am left wondering if they 1) moved, 2) died, 3) the county boundaries changed, 4) the county no longer exists, and 5) what the adjacent counties are during that period. Argh!

I use Google and can sometimes get an answer, but often the information is surprisingly hard to find. I really appreciate the resources.

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By: Friday Finds – 11/22/13http://blogs.ancestry.com/ancestry/2013/11/19/why-you-need-to-learn-about-changing-county-boundaries/#comment-158261 Friday Finds – 11/22/13 Fri, 22 Nov 2013 22:03:51 +0000 http://blogs.ancestry.com/ancestry/?p=13321#comment-158261 [...] Why You Need to Learn About Changing County Boundaries, Ancestry.com Blog [...]

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By: Randy Majorshttp://blogs.ancestry.com/ancestry/2013/11/19/why-you-need-to-learn-about-changing-county-boundaries/#comment-157758 Randy Majors Thu, 21 Nov 2013 22:41:21 +0000 http://blogs.ancestry.com/ancestry/?p=13321#comment-157758 Hi,
A few years ago, I built a free Google Maps online tool based on the above Newberry site. Lots of people have found it very valuable.

Just type in a present-day address, city, zipcode or the like and the date or historical year of interest and you’ll see a map of those boundaries as of that date, along with details on the boundary change, etc.

http://randymajors.com/p/maps.html

Randy

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By: Wilberforce Clayborne Humphrieshttp://blogs.ancestry.com/ancestry/2013/11/19/why-you-need-to-learn-about-changing-county-boundaries/#comment-156683 Wilberforce Clayborne Humphries Tue, 19 Nov 2013 21:53:30 +0000 http://blogs.ancestry.com/ancestry/?p=13321#comment-156683 This site has become a joke with its persistent technical problems.

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By: Charles Bottomlickhttp://blogs.ancestry.com/ancestry/2013/11/19/why-you-need-to-learn-about-changing-county-boundaries/#comment-156666 Charles Bottomlick Tue, 19 Nov 2013 20:42:07 +0000 http://blogs.ancestry.com/ancestry/?p=13321#comment-156666 Hey Ancestry,

Do you think in the near future you may have a near stable site that is not constantly undergoing some sort of maintenance or unavailable as it is now ?

I can’t imagine any other subscription service that’s run so amateurish as this one.

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