Cartographic History of Utah

The History of Utah’s Geography Utah was admitted as the 45th state of the United States in 1896. Since that time its boundaries have not changed. However, in the 50 years prior to that there were several geographic boundary changes. Let’s explore the cartographic history of Utah. Jurisdictional boundary changes are common, and I have

Randy Majors

Research Tips: Randy Majors Website

Rand Majors Website Enhancements. After my article last week, Randy Majors himself replied to my post. Among other enhancements to the tool, he enlarged the text that I had felt was too small! He also pointed out some additional features of the Historical County Boundary Maps tool on his site. I think these are great, so I

Research Tips: Jurisdiction Boundary Changes

Button, Button, Who’s Got the Button? “Button, button” is an old children’s game in which players arrange themselves in a tight circle and attempt to pass a button or other small object surreptitiously behind their backs from one person to another. The person in the middle tries to detect the passing in order to guess

Most common US Counties

Most Common County Names in the US

County government in the United States As most of us know, a county is a political and geographic subdivision of a state. As a result of the Tenth Amendment to the Constitution, the specific rights and powers granted to counties is a matter of State control. In practice, this means that the responsibilities of county

1864 County Boundaries Map of Texas

5 Great Sites for County Boundaries

Pretty early on in my research I learned that understanding county boundaries is really important. Read on to learn why. Why are county boundaries important? First off, understanding county boundaries helps you know where to look. If you are traveling for original research you will need to know which courthouse has your records. The relevant records