Friday, September 13, 2013

Plat Maps

Genealogy tip for today: Non-Genealogical Sources for Family History




Plat Maps


Genealogy Tip for today: Plat maps are a source for genealogists that are not always thought about. But they can show you who owned property at a given time in history. If you are trying to find where your ancestor lived or owned property, this will show you the location.  This serves many purposes. If you want to find the physical location to visit it, this map will help you. If you want to find out if the ancestor even owned land, this is one way to find out. If you are looking for neighbors, this will tell you who they are.

Knowing the neighbors is important to know sometimes when researching your ancestor. If you are dealing with a brick wall, for example, you may need to find out the neighbors and trace them. People moved in groups, or followed family and friends. If you can find out where one came from, you may find out where the other came from as well.

Wikipedia defines plat maps as: A plat in the U.S. (plan or cadastral map) is a map, drawn to scale, showing the divisions of a piece of land. U.S. General Land Office surveyors drafted township plats of Public Lands Surveys to show the distance and bearing between section corners, sometimes including topographic or vegetation information. City, town or village plats show subdivisions into blocks with streets and alleys. Further refinement often splits blocks into individual lots, usually for the purpose of selling the described lots; this has become known as subdivision. After the filing of a plat, legal descriptions can refer to block and lot-numbers rather than portions of sections.[3]

In order for plats to become legally valid, a local governing body, such as a public works department, urban planning commission, or zoning board must normally review and approve them.

These can sometimes be found on line. Your local city offices, courthouse, or town archives may have them as well. Different places keep track of those different ways.

Plat maps are a hidden secret that can help you in your research for family history, which we don’t always think about. 


1515 King Francis of France defeats the Swiss army under Cardinal Matthias Schiner at Marignano, northern Italy.

Pope Paul III
 1549 Pope Paul III closes the first session of the Council of Bologna.

1864 On the verge of attacking Pedro Menendez's Spanish settlement at San Agostin, Florida, Jean Ribault's French fleet is scattered by a devastating storm. 

1759 British troops defeat the French on the plains of Abraham, in Quebec.

1774 Tugot, the new controller of finances, urges the king of France to restore the free circulation of grain in the kingdom.

1782 The British fortress at Gibraltar comes under attack by French and Spanish forces.

1788 The Constitutional Convention authorizes the first federal election resolving that electors in all the states will be appointed on January 7, 1789.

1789 Guardsmen in Orleans, France, open fire on rioters trying to loot bakeries, killing 90.

1846 General Winfield Scott takes Chapultepec, removing the last obstacle to U.S. troops moving on Mexico City.

1862 Union troops in Frederick, Maryland, discover General Robert E. Lee's attack plans for the invasion of Maryland wrapped around a pack of cigars. They give the plans to General George B. McClellan who sends the Army of the Potomac to confront Lee but only after a delay of more than half a day.

1863 The Loudoun County Rangers route a company of Confederate cavalry at Catoctin Mountain in Virginia.

1905 U.S. warships head to Nicaragua on behalf of American William Albers, who was accused of evading tobacco taxes.

1918 U.S. and French forces take St. Mihiel, France in America's first action as a standing army.

1945 Iran demands the withdrawal of Allied forces.

1951 In Korea, U.S. Army troops begin their assault in Heartbreak Ridge. The month-long struggle will cost 3,700 casualties.

1961 An unmanned Mercury capsule is orbited and recovered by NASA in a test.

1976 The United States announces it will veto Vietnam's UN bid.

1988 Hurricane Gilbert becomes the strongest hurricane ever recorded in the Western Hemisphere, based on barometric pressure. Hurricane Wilma will break that record in 2005.

1993 The Oslo Accords, granting limited Palestinian autonomy, are signed by Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin and PLO chairman Yasser Arafat at the White House.
Hurricane Ike
2007 UN adopts non-binding Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.

2008 Five synchronized bomb blasts occur in crowded locations of Delhi, India, killing at least 30 people and injuring more than 100; four other bombs are defused.

2008 Hurricane Ike makes landfall in Texas; it had already been the most costly storm in Cuba's history and becomes the third costliest in the US.


Milton Hershey
1847 Milton Hershey, founder of the famous candy company.

1851 Walter Reed, U.S. Army doctor, discovered a cure for yellow fever.

1860 John J. Pershing, "Black Jack" who led the campaign against Pancho Villa in Mexico and Commanded the American Expeditionary Force in France during World War I.

1863 Franz von Hipper, German naval commander at the Battle of Jutland in World War I.

1886 Alain Locke, writer and first African-American Rhodes scholar.

1894 J.B. Priestley, British novelist and playwright.

1903 Claudette Colbert, actress who won an Oscar for It Happened One Night.
Claudette Colbert

1911 Bill Monroe, musician, the Father of Bluegrass.

1911 Roald Dahl, writer, best known for his children's books such as James and the Giant Peach.

1922Tony "Charles" Brown, blues singer and musician (*Merry Christmas Baby").

1925 Melvin "Mel" Torme, jazz singer, musician, composer and arranger ("The Christmas Song," AKA "Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire"); nicknamed the "Velvet Fog."

1926 Andrew Brimmer, economist; first African American to serve as governor of the Federal Reserve System (1966-74).

1938 Judith Martin, journalist and author best known as "Miss Manners" for her syndicated newspaper column on etiquette.

Nell Carter
1944 Peter Cetera, singer, songwriter, musician, producer; member of the band Chicago before embarking on solo career ("After All," "Hard to Say I'm Sorry").

 1948 Nell Carter, singer and actress; won Tony and Emmy awards (Ain't Misbehaving).

1973  Mahima Chaudhry, Indian actress, model; Bollywood Movie Award for Dhadkan (2001).

 1980 Ben Savage, actor (Boy Meets World TV series).










noun: One who leads a group, company, or party.



From German Flügelmann (flank man), from Flügel (wing) + Mann (man). A fugleman was once a soldier placed usually on a flank during drill to serve as a guide for his company. Earliest documented use: 1804.



"H.L. Mencken was trying single-handedly to drag American culture out of Puritanism and into the twentieth century, to act as fugleman on this side of the Atlantic for a literary and artistic renaissance comparable to the one then taking place on the other side."
Jonathan Yardley; The Sage of Baltimore; The Atlantic Monthly (New York); Dec 2002.


In our every deliberation, we must consider the impact of our decisions on the next seven generations. -Iroquois Nation Maxim


Today’s Recipe


Mom’s Fried Chicken

This is a simple, easy recipe. Without a coating, it is lower in calories and still delicious. 


Onion Powder
Garlic Powder
Other seasonings of choice
1 Frying Chicken
Cooking Oil
Iron Skillet



Rinse chicken, pat dry. Cut the chicken up, or purchase it cut. Using a cast iron skillet, bring up your choice of cooking oil to medium-hot. It doesn’t have to be very deep. While it is heating up, season both sides of your pieces of chicken. Carefully place each piece into the fry pan. Cook about 5-6 minutes, till bottom is golden brown. Turn each piece and fry second side. Skin should be golden brown. Place each piece on paper towels to drain when done. Let it set about 5 minutes. Skin will crisp up more as it cools.

You may not want to cook the under side of each piece as long, as it has no skin for a covering.  You also don’t want to over cook it at all or it will dry out the piece. If not over cooked it will be juicy but without the added calories of the flour or other coating.

Optional – if you cook the skinned side last, you can cover with lid for a few minutes to retain the steam, which will help it cook faster. This will keep the unskinned side from drying out.





Now You Know!