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Local History & Genealogy: Maps

A guide to local history and genealogy resources for Niagara County.

Maps

Maps are useful to see how regions have changed through time and provide valuable information to historians and genealogists. Maps can highlight different features of a locality such as geological features, political boundaries, and property ownership. 

Most libraries house atlases and maps. Often historic maps are included in local history collections. Check your local library and these agencies listed here: https://libguides.niagaracc.suny.edu/LHA

The Niagara County Clerk's Office manages a collection of property maps. They are available for reference during the Office's business hours.

Map of Niagara County, New York, 1852

County map showing towns (townships), numbered town subsections, irregular landholdings, rural buildings, and householders' names. Also indicates the vertical and horizontal numbering system of the township/range land subdivision system. Click on the map to access the LOC page.

Library of Congress Geography and Map Division Washington, D.C.

Using Maps

Online Map Collections

Map of Niagara County, 1838

Lionel Pincus and Princess Firyal Map Division, The New York Public Library. "Niagara County." The New York Public Library Digital Collections. 1838. 

Map of Niagara and Orleans Counties, 1860

Map shows numbered military survey districts, irregular land tracts, rural buildings, and householders' names; the principal city insets show land tracts, lot lines, and building coverage. Map includes table of distances, local business directories, 46 city/village insets (including Albion, Lockport, and Niagara Falls), and illustrations of prominent buildings. Click on the map to access the LOC page

Library of Congress Geography and Map Division Washington, D.C.

Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps

Niagara County Community College. Henrietta G. Lewis Library. 3111 Saunders Settlement Rd., Sanborn, NY 14132 | 716-614-6786