Plotting Land on Google Maps

tools & technology Jul 20, 2022

For years I’ve used Google Maps to plot the land parcels my ancestors owned. I just like to have a visual on a present-day map, especially if I want to visit the area or see what’s become of the land.

For the project I’m working on right now, I want to see all of the original land owners (those that purchased land from the federal US government) in a particular section. While a list is nice, I want a visual depiction. So I’m taking the information and plotting it on Google Maps.

Want to see how I made this map? Come behind the scenes with me as I show you how I use the Bureau of Land Management website to find the original land owners in a specific place, how I find the specific section on a present-day map, and how I plot the parcels on Google Maps.

Watch the video above to get a behind-the-scenes look at how I use Google Maps to plot land parcels. Then, head over to Google and play around with your own projects.

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© Julie Tarr. This article was first published at Genealogy In Action; appearance of this article elsewhere, without my permission, violates copyright.