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This entry was originally written by Carol L. Maki and Michael John Neill for Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources.

This article is part of
the Ohio Family History Research series.
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The earliest Sanborn insurance map for Ohio is an 1875 map for Zanesville, held by the Ohio Historical Society. Consult the Newberry Library, Checklist of Printed Maps of the Middle West to 1800 (2 vols. Boston: G. K. Hall, 1980), although this is not an inclusive listing for maps in Ohio. It does not, for example include those held by the Western Reserve Historical Society (see Archives, Libraries, and Societies). Many academic and other libraries in Ohio have at least a partial collection of Sanborn maps on microfilm, and many libraries offer online access to Sanborn maps for the entire state of Ohio. Other excellent sources include:

  • Brown, Lloyd A. Early Maps of the Ohio Valley: A Selection of Maps, Plans and Views Made by Indians and Colonials from 1673–1783. Pittsburgh: University of Pittsburgh Press, 1959.
  • Kilbourn, John. The Ohio Gazetteer, Or, Topographical Dictionary Containing A Description of the Several Counties, Towns, Etc. Columbus, Ohio: J. Kilbourn, 1826.
  • Smith, Thomas H. The Mapping of Ohio. Kent, Ohio: Kent State University Press, 1977.
  • Walling, Henry F. Atlas of the State of Ohio. 1867. Reprint. Knightstown, Ind.: Bookmark, 1983. Delineates townships, railroads, roads, and geographical features as of 1868.
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