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In a new partnership, genealogy social networking company FamilyLink,
(owners of the World Vital Records subscription
site and the FamilyLink Facebook app, among others) will soon provide FamilyLink members
with access to the historical maps collection of Historic
Based in Maine, Historic Map Works has 1,510,883 online map images. You can search
and view maps on the site, but you need credits or a subscription to access advanced
features. (Some libraries also offer an institutional version of the site.)
According to FamilyLink’s
press release, the site will add more than 1.3 million maps and 1 million names
from Historic Map Works. FamilyLink users will be able to find homes and properties
of ancestors, and to overlay old maps on top of current ones to see exactly where
their ancestors lived.
I’m not sure whether the maps will be accessible to FamilyLink’s basic (free) members,
or whether they’ll be accessible to members of Family
Link Plus, a new subscription membership that provides access to genealogy records.
I’ll let you know what I find out. Update: Gena Philbert Ortega, FamilyLink’s
Genealogy Community Director, confirms that the maps will be available to FamilyLink