Sunday, August 08, 2004

Mississippi Road Atlas

I was in BooksAMillion in Tupelo the week before last and stumbled across an atlas that has been out for awhile, but I'm ashamed to say that I hadn't paid much attention to it before. It is called the Mississippi Road Atlas and was released by University Press of Mississippi in 1997. It is an item that should belong in the collection of every genealogical researcher in the state of Mississippi. There is a map for each county which gives all the county beats and all the section, township, and range lines! While DeLorme's Mississippi Atlas & Gazetteer (1998) gives is better for locating roads and stuff, the Mississippi Road Atlas is better at helping one locate that ancestor's property. It can also help the person using census records have a better idea of the part of the county in which a family lived at the time the census was taken. This is one tool that will pay for itself as you work on your family history.


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