My husband stumbled on this a-mazing site while looking for old maps of Hamilton, Ontario (he’s on the hunt for the extinct and elusive Ferry Street, where his ancestors, the Kroslaks lived ca. 1910):
Not only are these gorgeous, high-resolution scans of historic Canadian atlases useful for geography’s sake…most have the landowners’ names carefully inked in across their parcels of land! And, as if that wasn’t fantastic enough, the good digitizers also put together searchable surname indices that correspond to the maps. Bless them, bless them, bless them.
Unexpectedly, I think I found my gg-grandfather George Miller in the Welland Co. maps; I don’t want to say for certain as George Miller was a pretty darn common name at the time and in the place, but maybe. Maybe.
I’ll stick the link in the “Genealogy Nuts and Bolts” sidebar for handy future reference.