Monday, April 12, 2010

Early Pennsylvania Land Owner Maps Online

If your family came through Pennsylvania, you might be interested in a new series of atlases published by Sharon and Angus MacInnes of Ancestor Tracks called Early Landowners of Pennsylvania: Atlas of Township Warrantee Maps of *** County, PA. These books show atlas pages of the land tracts, drawn in metes and bounds, of the earliest landowners of Pennsylvania. Each page reveals a wealth of information since neighboring tracts were usually owned by relatives, witnesses, and sponsors. Books and CDs have been completed for Berks, Fayette, Greene and Washington Counties. Ancestor Tracks plans to eventually publish books of all counties in Pennsylvania for which such maps exist. They have also published CDs containing .pdf files of all the the Warrant Registers on file in the PA Archives in Harrisburg, and will soon produce a CD with the indexes to the Patent Registers in Harrisburg. They are also posting free images to their website ( of later maps showing landowners which can be used in conjunction with the 1850, 1860, and 1870 censuses.

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