Searching maps with Google Overlays
All of the plat maps in the collection may be opened in Google Maps and Google Earth. To view the image in Google Maps, click on the Google Maps link. This will open the plat map in a new window. The image will appear as an overlay, over the Google Map. The plat map is transparent, so that the current map can be seen underneath.
You can zoom in on the map to get a closer look. Click and drag the map to adjust your view.
To search within the map, and to adjust the map’s opacity, you can download it to Google Earth. If you don’t have Google Earth, you can install it for free by following this link.
To perform a search, enter your address in the search box on the top left. Google will zoom in the address. To adjust opacity, right-click to the file name, and select “Properties” from the drop-down menu. The properties box will open, and you can use the slider to adjust transparency. By adjusting the transparency, you can see how the land has changed, and how it’s stayed the same.
Clicking on the title of the map opens up a description of the item, and includes links for more viewing options.
When you close Google Earth, you’ll get the option to save the plat map to your “My Places” folder. This will keep the map permanently in your Google Earth folder for future viewing.
Please contact the UW-Parkside Archives if you have any questions.`