Take a stroll around your ancestors' block with Beers County Atlases.
ver wonder what it would be like to walk down the streets of your ancestors' hometown as it was when they lived there? Well, now you can — virtually — with the 1870 Beers County Atlas CD Collection of Massachusetts.
During the late 19th century, Frederick W. Beers published amazingly detailed maps of New York, Pennsylvania and New England counties and towns. Showing schools, churches, cemeteries, streets and topographical features, these atlases are a genealogist's dream.
But in the past, access to the atlases has been limited, in part because complete copies are rare. Thanks to a project conceived by Theresa Percy, director of the Monson Free Library in Monson, Mass., however, the old Massachusetts atlases are being digitized in their entirety and placed on CD-ROM by Piper Publishing.