Rusty Robinson, the co-founder of Roots and Recall, rarely provides public programs, but did have something to add to a genealogy discussion at the local library. Some participants were unaware of R&R.com’s existence or its vast trove of maps, and genealogical links. He opened their eyes a couple of weeks ago to the map data and the potential for researching locations of family homes, tenant houses, old age homes, cemeteries, bridges, ferries, and so much more. The widest used maps on the site are “perhaps”:
- Mayhugh’s Heritage Plat Collection: Section #I and Section #II
- SC DOT Maps
- Walker’s Postal Map of York Co. S.C., ca. 1910
- Colton’s Maps of S.C. (Misc. Groupings)
- Fairfield County’s School District Maps – 1908
This is a short list of potential maps linking historic data across counties and specifically to homeplace sites. If you have not taken time to utilize them, please do, you will find a world of information available at your finder tips. It may take a few minutes to understand just how to use them, but it is worth the trouble. They are invaluable tools allowing R&R.com to verify data on farms, antebellum routes of travel, military activities, and untold locations that have so often been forgotten. Many give locations of long forgotten crossroads and rural communities of which we have little knowledge. Not all of the maps are indexed but many are, and you can easily find a reference to families and sites, specific to your own genealogical needs.
Of particular interest to many of our member – users, are the massive Mayhugh Heritage Collection of maps associated with York, Chester, Lancaster and Fairfield Counties. These maps provide data on families and their landholdings over generations and outline settlement patterns of the region’s earliest families. We can not possibly thank the donor of these maps enough for his dedication, intellect, tenacity, and hard work over a period of three or more decades to digitally record these outstanding maps which he has freely shared with our members.
R&R NOTES: We have been utterly amazed at the positive response coming from members and new users, related to the recent blog post on Clanmore Plantation in Fairfield County, S.C. Hearing your comments and praise for the work performed by R&R.com is certainly appreciated and your input continues being invaluable!