Finding those old towns and counties. Just about every researcher deals with the problem of finding an old town that has long-since disappeared from the map. Or, you have a known location but it was not in the same county 100 or 200 years ago. AniMap Plus now has solutions to these problems.
AniMap will display over 2,300 maps to show the changing county boundaries for each of the 48 adjacent United States for every year since colonial times. Includes all years, not just the census years. Maps may be viewed separately, or the program can set them in motion so you can automatically view the boundary changes. Maps of the full U.S. are also included showing all the changes in state and territorial boundaries from 1776 to the present.
Each map includes a listing of the changes from the previous map making it simple to keep track of parent counties. There are four speed adjustments in the "run" mode as well as being able to advance by single frames.
Mark the spot. A unique "place marker" feature allows you to place up to 50 markers of varying designs and colors on a map, then change the year to observe the placement (the maps remain in the same position and scale on the screen). This is very convenient for marking the location of towns that were shifted from one county to another. You can save sets of markers for future reference and a new feature which will let you add labels to your markers.
SiteFinder databases included. SiteFinder contains listings for more than 1 million places in the United States plus more than 120,000 variant names. Each listing gives the name of the place, the county where it is (or was) located, and includes latitude-longitude coordinates for 97% of them. With a few mouse clicks, you can pluck items from SiteFinder and plot them on the maps in AniMap Plus ... complete with labels.
Included in the listings are: Cities & towns, townships, Railroad Stations, Trading Posts, Farms & Ranches, Plantations, Ruins,Country Schools, Mining Camps, Ghost Towns ...and more.
The SiteFinder Cemetery database is also included which lists locations for more than 100,000 cemeteries throughout the U.S.
Much of the information in SiteFinder has been extracted from the US Geological Survey files and records of the US Post Office. Many of the locations are places that are no longer in existence or those that have had name changes. While it does not list every place that ever existed, we believe you will find it to be the best source available.
The SiteFinder browsing software will search for names (partial or complete), do wild card searches if you are unsure about the spelling or have unreadable letters in the name. You can also get a complete list of sites in any given county. A new feature in our browser lets you retrieve a list of locations within a specified number of miles (between 1 and 99) from your chosen location.
Plot towns on your maps. You can pluck items from the SiteFinder databases and plot them directly on the map with just a few clicks of your mouse. The location will appear on your map and remain in place when you switch the map to different years.
Lattitude/Longitude and mileage. A display on the AniMap screen shows you that latitude and longitude coordinates of the cursor. Another feature will let you measure the mileage between any two points on the map.
Print or export. All maps can be printed directly from the program, in black-and-white or color, or you may export them to a Bitmap (.bmp) file to use in word processing or desktop publishing programs. You can also use a paintbrush program to enhance the maps with additional text, colors, etc.
There are latitude-longitude overlays built into the program as well as the ability to overlay the map for one year on any other. New in version 2.5 are overlays for railroads, waterways, and township/range grids for the public land states.
AniMap Training Video CD
Includes written step-by-step instructions on using AniMap.
Users of AniMap will benefit from the video Plucking, Plotting, and Places: a Video Tutorial of AniMap. The tutorials teach the ins and outs of AniMap and include written step-by-step instructions.
Developed by Millennia's Geoff Rasmussen, the instruction helps overcome AniMap's learning curve and teaches genealogy methodology at the same time.
AniMap has long been known to be the best resource for understanding the changing county boundaries in the U.S. and parts of Canada. Learning how to use it has been the researcher's challenge. The video plays on the computer, so it's easy to switch between it and AniMap to learn.
Key Video Features:
- Why AniMap?
- Learn how to select the maps for the year and state
- Learn to plot the town/city on the map and change the map to the right year
- Learn to measure the distance between two places
- Perform radius searches - locate towns/cities, churches, or cemeteries within a certain distance
- Create migration maps
- Add overlays of rivers/streams, townships/ranges, railroads
- Includes written step-by-step instructions that can be printed for easy reference