Maps of Edwards County, IL original settlers’ purchases in the U.S. Bureau of Land Management database. Each township has patent, road, waterways, and railroad maps with index.


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This critically acclaimed Family Maps series of Land Patent Books is published county by county, state by state, for original settlers whose purchases are indexed in the U.S. Bureau of Land Management database. These are one of a kind, customized maps and books created by attorney, software engineer, and family historian, Gregory A. Boyd.

For the first time, you can locate your ancestor’s Federal land purchase by simply finding them in one of our indexes, which direct you to a map of first landowners. And now you can learn who your ancestors’ neighbors were or the history of settlement in areas of interest to you! The Family Maps books are a helpful visual reference tool that make your landowner and parcel-boundary research easier than ever.

By Gregory A. Boyd. There are 3 maps for each of the Congressional townships that make up this county. Each Township has a Patent Map, Patent Index, Road Map, and a Map we call an Historical Map, which includes Waterways, Watercourses & Railroads. The Road and Historical Maps also include the City-centers and cemeteries that can be found at NationalAtlas.gov. There is also a Surname/Patent Index and a Surname/Township Index to help you dive into the right area of the County. Included Appendices identify multi-Patentee buying groups and also list the numerous Aliquot (section) parts you might find.

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