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WMGS Training: Applying Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps to Research
Thursday, October 15 from 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Sanborn Fire Insurance maps offer unique and valuable information about the locations where your city-dwelling ancestors lived. The Sanborn Map Company published maps from 1867 to 1970 to evaluate fire insurance liability in urban areas.
The maps are detailed street plans on large sheets of paper—one sheet shows about four to six city blocks. You can learn a lot about your ancestor’s house and neighborhood or research the history of your own old house. These maps show
building outlines, locations of windows and doors, building use (including the names of most public buildings), property boundaries, house and block number, street names, and more. In this video class, you’ll see an example of the role Sanborn maps played in a research situation.