There are seven search methods available; Keyword, Advanced, Address, GPS, Town & City, Illustrations and Directories. All of these search options and available by clicking on the Search button in the menu. Keyword search is also available on every page of the site by using the search box located in the navigation bar.
Keyword search queries our database for map names, atlas names, directory content, publishers, dates, and locations that match your keywords. Results that contain all of your keywords are returned. They are divided into categories; Maps, Atlases, Bird's Eye Views, Charts, Directories and Directory Pages for the United States. Maps, Atlases and Special Collection for the World.
Advanced search is similar to keyword search, but keywords can be entered seperately using multiple search fields with the options "contains" and "doesn't contain", as well as "exact match". The option to specify a category to search within is also available. This is a powerful search that allows you to narrow your results.
Search Within Results
Both keyword and advanced search have the ability to search within results. Click on the "search within results" link at the top of the results page to expand another search box. Enter additional keywords to search within the current set of results and further narrow your search.
Address search queries our database of geocoded United States maps and returns maps containing your address. If no exact match is found, results for the city or town entered are displayed. Click here to see a complete list of address searchable atlases.
GPS search also queries our database of geocoded United States maps but allows you to search by latitude and longitude coordinates, in degrees. A list of maps containing the coordinates are returned. Click here to see a complete list of GPS searchable atlases.
Town & City Search
Town & City search allows you to narrow your search by only looking for town or city names that appear in the names of maps. The option to specifiy which state to search in is also available.
Illustration search looks for family names, business names, and city or town names that match your keywords and returns a list of illustrations only (no maps). You can also specifiy which state to search within. Click here for a complete list of atlases containing illustrations.
Directory search looks within the text of our directories and returns a list of pages containing the text that you searched for.