American Migration Routes Parts I & II; by William Dollarhide; Bundle of Two Books; 2022; Soft Cover. This bundle is made up of the following two volumes:
American Migration Routes Part I - Indian Paths, Post Roads & Wagon Roads; by William Dollarhide; 2022; 139 pp; Full Color Throughout; Soft Cover; Perfect-bound; 88 Maps; 77 Routes; ISBN 978-162859-335-8; Item #: FR0486.
This all-new volume of American migration routes includes 88 maps and 77 routes - up from the 22 routes in the 1997 edition. This book has seven (7) chapters, each illustrating a specific era of American transportation history:
Indian Paths to Post Roads (1630-1669)
The King's Highway (1680-1765)
Scots-Irish Wagon Roads (1720-1750)
Trans-Appalachian Trails & Roads (1755-1796)
Roads to the Ohio Country (1787-1818)
Roads of the Old Southwest (1806-1832)
Western Migration Routes (1821-1869)
A 12-pageTable of Migration Routesacts as an introduction to the map chapters with road trips, notes, and links to historical references online. Each chapter starts with a locator map and introduction to the historic era.
The migration routes are then enlarged on two side-by-side maps: the left-hand page has the highlighted trace of a migration route on a modern highway map; the right-hand page has the same trace on a county boundary map.
For all states, the Modern Highway Maps were adapted from the USGS National Map and show a highlighted old migration route as part of the current State, US, or Interstate Highways. These maps were designed to enable a road trip that follows the trace of the old migration route. At each numbered migration route, an arrow symbol indicates the road trip directions necessary to repeat the journey today.
The County Boundary Maps were adapted from the USGS Base Map of the U.S. No. 2b East as well as various other base maps showing current state and county boundaries. The county boundary maps were added for genealogists and the researchers who need to know the place on the ground where their ancestors may have left records of an event, i.e., a birth, marriage, death, or burial. Finding the place of an event necessitates a discovery of the exact cemetery, town hall, or county courthouse where the records are found today.
American Migration Routes: Part II - Stagecoach, Steamboat, Canal & Early Railroad Routes; by William Dollarhide. 2022; 157 pp; 8.5x11; Soft Cover; Perfect bound; Nearly Full Color; ISBN 978-1-62859-337-2; Item #: FR0487.
Modern Highway Maps.The trace of an 1840 travel route is emphasized on a current road map. The base map used was the USGS National Map, an interactive mapping system online where incremental levels of detail are possible.
County Boundary Maps.The trace of an 1840 route also appears on an adjoining map showing the current county boundaries for the same area. The source for the county maps was the USGS Base Map of the U.S. 2A East, which is available online as a free PDF download.
Google Maps Links.Modern driving directions for each historic route are provided and hyperlinked to a preset Google Maps road trip.
Find the Right County – Discover the Records.A chronological list of birthplaces (by state) for a family found in census records may point to a particular migration route the family followed. A detailed map is needed next to reveal the names of states, counties, towns, and cities to search for evidence of people living there in the past.
Repeat the Journey.This book shows the towns & way-stops for 314 travel routes available in 1840 and the exact roads needed to repeat a journey today.
Sourced fromThe American Traveller.The primary resources for this new book were specific travel routes methodically described and mapped in The American Traveller; or Guide Through the United States, by Henry S. Tanner, 6th Edition, publ. Philadelphia, 1840.