I grew up in an old farmhouse north of Carthage, Illinois. I know exactly where it is. I can easily find it on a township map, an online satellite map, etc. But finding it in this 1955 Aerial County History Series for Hancock County, Illinois, took a little doing.
The main problem was that the house and accompanying acreage was not owned by my family in 1955. The property was a half mile east of where my paternal grandparents lived and was rented originally by my uncle in the early 1960s and later by my father starting in the late 1960s. I did not know the name of the owner in 1955. I knew the name of later owners, but that did not help me.
The pictures in the book were arranged by township and then alphabetically by owner within the township. I found where I lived on a plat map of the county in order to determine what section of Carthage township the house was located in. Since the section of each piece of property was given, that would help with my search. The "town" given was the mailing address of the owner. Sometimes that was the same name as the township in my case (but not always). Searching the digital images on Mocavo.com was difficult because:
- I didn't have the name of the owner
- I had the route number wrong--I had forgotten where I grew up was route 4 when my father was growing up.
- Searching for "Sec. 7" as a search term was not working quite the way I thought it should--even with the quotes.