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Map Making, from Majorca to Appalachia

From the moment that Europeans learned that a New World existed across the waters of the Atlantic, map makers in Western Europe began turning maps of that New World. At first these maps were grossly inaccurate and assumed the either the Americas were part of the Orient or merely consisted of islands off the shores of Asia. As more and more log books and navigation charts were returned to Spain, Portugal, France and England by explorers, the maps grew more precise.

Fossilized Anthropology

Author Richard Thornton overhead a simple statement in a 2005 speech before the Society of Georgia Archaeology “We now know everything there is to know about the Southeastern Indians. It is time to move on to other things.” This statement was intended by a select group of academics to freeze the study of Southeastern United States to what they believed was the truth, and to stifle further research, even if new facts began to emerge.

Indian Biographies

Biographies are a good source of information on our ancestors. They can be used as a tool to provide facts: names, dates and locations for the events in our ancestors lives. They can also provide “meat” for genealogical research, and by that we mean the story behind the person – events which shaped and molded the character of a person. We have put a great number of biographical information online, both Native American and general biographies, and have gone through all of them and provided links to the one’s specific to Native American.

John Mitchell’s Map

The Mitchell Map remained the most detailed map of North America available in the later eighteenth century. Various impressions (and also French copies) were directly used to help establish the boundaries of the new United States of America by diplomats at the Treaty of Paris (1783) that ended the American Revolutionary War. The map’s inaccuracies subsequently led to a number of border disputes, such as in Maine. Its supposition that the Mississippi extended north to the 50th parallel (into British territory) resulted in the treaty using it as a landmark for a geographically impossible definition of the border in that region. It was not until 1842, with the signing of the Webster-Ashburton Treaty, that the U.S.-Canadian border was clearly drawn from Maine to the Oregon Country. This finally ended ambiguities resulting from use of the map to define American territory at the end of the Revolution. Since Mitchell’s main objective was to show the French threat to the British colonies, there is a very strong pro-British bias in the map, especially with regard to the Iroquois. The map makes clear that the Iroquois were not just allies of Britain, but subjects, and that all Iroquois land was therefore British territory. Huge parts of the continent are noted as being British due to Iroquois conquest of one tribe or another. French activity within the Iroquois claimed lands are noted, explicitly or implicitly, as illegal. In cases where the imperial claims of Britain and France were questionable, Mitchell always takes the British side. Thus many of his notes and boundaries seem like political propaganda today. Some of the claims seem to...

Linguistic Families of American Indians North of Mexico

Swanton’s The Indian Tribes of North America is a classic example of early 20th Century Native American ethnological research. Published in 1953 in Bulletin 145 of the Bureau of American Ethnology, this manuscript covers all known Indian tribes broken down by location (state). AccessGenealogy’s online presentation provides state pages by which the user is then either provided a brief history of the tribe, or is referred to a more in-depth ethnological representation of the tribe and it’s place in history. This ethnology usually contains the various names by which the tribe was known, general locations of the tribe, village names, brief history, population statistics for the tribe, and then connections in which the tribe is noted.

Illustrations, Famous American Belles

Emily Marshall (Mrs. William Foster Otis). From portrait painted by Chester Harding in 1830; owned by her daughter, Mrs. Samuel Eliot, of Boston, by whose permission it is here reproduced for the first time in colors. Marcia Burns (Mrs. John Peter Van Ness). From miniature by James Peale, painted in 1797; owned by the Corcoran Art Gallery, Washington, D. C 12 Theodosia Burr (Mrs. Joseph Alston). From the original engraving by Charles B. J. F. Saint Memin; owned by Hampton L. Carson, Esq., of Philadelphia, by whose permission it is here reproduced. Elizabeth Patterson (Madame Jerome Bonaparte). From portrait painted by Quinçon; owned by her grandson, Mr. Charles Bonaparte, of Baltimore, by whose permission it is here reproduced for the first time. Mary Caton (Lady Wellesley). From portrait owned by Mrs. Charles Carroll Mactavish, of Baltimore, daughter of General Winfield Scott. Painted by Sir Thomas Lawrence, and reproduced by permission of Miss Emily Mactavish, now Sister Mary Agnes of the Visitation, at Mount de Sales, Catonsville, Maryland. Cora Livingston (Mrs. Thomas Pennant Barton). From a miniature painted by herself. Reproduced for the first time by permission of her niece. Miss Julia Barton Hunt, of Montgomery Place, Barrytown-on-the-Hudson. Octavia Walton (Madame LeVert). From portrait, reproduced by permission of her kinswoman, Miss Josephine Walton. Present owner, Mr. George Walton Reab, of Augusta, Georgia, grandson of Madame Le Vert. Fanny Taylor (Mrs. Thomas Harding Ellis). From portrait painted by Thomas Sully, Reproduced for the first time by permission of her husband, Colonel Thomas Harding Ellis. Present owner, her adopted son, Mr. Beverly Randolph Harrison, of Amherst, Virginia. Sally Chevalier (Mrs. Abram Warwick)....

1910 Census Maps of the United States

  Territories of the United States, by Acquisition Maps by State 1910 Alabama Census Map 1910 Alaska Census Map 1910 Arizona Census Map 1910 Arkansas Census Map 1910 California Census Map 1910 Colorado Census Map 1910 Connecticut Census Map 1910 Delaware and Maryland Census Map 1910 Florida Census Map 1910 Georgia Census Map 1910 Hawaii Census Map 1910 Idaho Census Map 1910 Illinois Census Map 1910 Indiana Census Map 1910 Iowa Census Map 1910 Kansas Census Map 1910 Kentucky Census Map 1910 Louisiana Census Map 1910 Maine Census Map 1910 Delaware and Maryland Census Map 1910 Massachusetts Census Map 1910 Michigan Census Map 1910 Minnesota Census Map 1910 Mississippi Census Map 1910 Missouri Census Map 1910 Montana Census Map 1910 Nebraska Census Map 1910 Nevada Census Map 1910 New Hampshire Census Map 1910 New Jersey Census Map 1910 New Mexico Census Map 1910 New York Census Map 1910 North Carolina Census Map 1910 North Dakota Census Map 1910 Ohio Census Map 1910 Oklahoma Census Map 1910 Oregon Census Map 1910 Pennsylvania Census Map 1910 Rhode Island Census Map 1910 South Carolina Census Map 1910 South Dakota Census Map 1910 Tennessee Census Map 1910 Texas Census Map 1910 Utah Census Map 1910 Vermont Census Map 1910 Virginia Census Map 1910 Washington Census Map 1910 West Virginia Census Map 1910 Wisconsin Census Map 1910 Wyoming Census Map 1910 City Population by City A Cities B Cities C Cities D Cities Proportion of Improved Land, 1910 Average Size of Farms, by State, 1910 Value of Farm Land, Per Acre, by State, 1910 Value of Farm Products, by State, 1910 Value of Farm...

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