Having trouble locating what county your ancestors hail from? try using Heritage Quest’s “Map Guide to the U.S. Federal Censuses“.

You can utilize the Census Map in Heritage Quest to find the county lines and county names throughout the history of the census records for each state. Navigate to Heritage Quest Online through the Orange County Library Systems website at www.ocls.info and click on “Databases” displayed in the green tabs on the left of the page. Click on “Genealogy” and then click on “Heritage Quest Online”. Near the center of the page, there will be a link for the “Census Map Guide” that should look like this:

Map Link

When you click on the link your browser should display the following:

HQ Maps

Click on the state you would like to find the counties for:


Then click on the census dates on the left of the page to see how county lines were divided for the given decade.