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Early Landowners of PA: Atlas of Township Warrantee Maps of Berks Co., PA

Early Landowners of PA: Atlas of Township Warrantee Maps of Berks Co., PA Authors: Sharon and Angus MacInnes
This volume of county atlases in the Early Landowners of PA series is an invaluable tool for researchers of ancestors in early Pennsylvania. It includes all of the Township Warrantee Maps on file at the Pennsylvania Archives in Harrisburg, thus pinpointing the location of the earliest landowners. Each Township Warrantee Map was painstakingly platted by draftsmen from the original warrants, surveys, and patents. The maps show precise outlines in metes and bounds of each original tract and all surrounding tracts in the township, giving the names of the warrantee and patentee; dates of the warrant, survey, and patent; and the patent and survey books and page of the recorded patent.

Please be aware, however, that the state only platted 23 townships, or just over half of the county, before the project came to a halt. Therefore, similar maps from several other sources, although with much less information regarding the tracts, have been added to this volume. The result is that original plats of the earliest landowners of over 75% of the county can be found in this book. Maps for the following townships are not included: Colebrookdale, Douglass, Hereford, Ontelaunee, Perry, Pike, and Washington. Partial (sometimes very partial) coverage is given for the following townships: Albany, District, Earl, Greenwich, Longswamp, Maidencreek, Windsor, Rockland and Richmond.

Each chapter covers a township, beginning with a warrantee or landowner map (reduced to 8.5 X 11 size) upon which atlas coordinates have been superimposed. Each map is followed by a chart containing all data on each tract in alphabetical order by the name of the warrantee, as well as the coordinates where the tract will be found on the township map. The majority of the warrants were issued before the first U.S. Census in 1790, but some of the land transactions occur as late as the 1920s.

In addition to documenting the first private landowners of Berks County, the atlas can often reveal family relationships or clues to possible relationships since relatives usually congregated near one another, acted as witnesses and sponsors for each other, and attended church together. Secondly, since people usually moved in groups, tracking sets of families and neighbors as a whole can frequently suggest routes of migration. Finally, later owners of these tracts can be traced back to the exact location of their plat by following their transactions through deed and will books. In some cases, names on the Township Warrantee Maps are the only record that certain people actually existed.

Images of the large original maps without coordinates are contained on a companion CD which can be purchased separately or in combination with the atlas. The CD contains only the map images, not the text of the book. Index. 

2006, 8.5" X 11", Softbound, 574 pages (Book Only)
ISBN 9781558564688

Price: $45.00

SKU: CP-520

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