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Archive for January 4th, 2021

 They are land ownership maps.

The Archives and Special Collections has many cadastral maps, both as sheet maps and in atlases. Library records for most of these maps and atlases are in the library catalog and can be found using such subject terms and key words such as cadastral, real property maps, landowner maps, land use, and General Land Office.

Here is a sample list of local cadastral atlases in the Archives and Special Collections:

Clay County Atlas, 1901

Standard Atlas of Clay County, 1912

Atlas of Clay and Union Counties, 1924

Atlas of Clay and Union Counties, 1960

Atlas of Clay and Union Counties, 1980

Atlas of Clay County, 1990, Centennial Series

Farm and Home Directories: Clay, Lincoln, Turner, Union, and Yankton Counties, 1984-present.

Cadastral maps are helpful to historians, genealogists, archaeologists, and those tracing landowners for legal reasons. Though cadastral maps are often reliable, the ultimate source of past and present ownership information is still the county courthouse.

Keep in mind, ownership is only one type of land / human relationship. The others are harder to map.

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