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Web browser requirements

While we attempted to make this site as simple, universal, and easy to use as possible, there are a few requirements. To view the image pages, you will need to use Microsoft Internet Explorer (version 5 or later), Mozilla (version 1.0 or later), or Firefox (version 1.5 or later). Netscape Navigator 4.5 or later may still work, but the browser is no longer supported, so we recommend selecting a different browser. For the time being, you may still download Netscape at the Netscape Archive.

Mac users will need to use OS X 10.3.9 (or later), or Safari 2 or later. There is also a plug-in for Linux in UNIX systems, and the plug-in apparently works with most later distributions and versions.

Additionally, you will also need the DjVu Browser Plug-in, available for free from Celartem Technology Inc. The page at times loads slowly or is unavailable so please be patient. If you get a "page cannot be displayed" error, please try again later.


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Download the browser plug-in

Follow the download link provided to the left or here to get to the Celartem Technology download page. Once at that page, select the plug-in version appropriate for your browser. Follow the instructions provided by your computer operating system and browser to install the plug-in. Once the plug-in is installed, you are ready to view our images.


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Finding the right map

You can access the maps in three ways: by using one of two indexes, or by keyword search.

The index is a transcribed version of the Index Book used by Murphy & Bolanz as they created and used the bound maps. It is an alphabetical list of block and addition names, personal names, streets, and towns. Select the appropriate letter and scroll through the list displayed. If the area or term you are looking for is included, click on the page number for that entry, and you will be taken to that page.

The Block Index was created as we processed the maps from the six block books. It references official city block numbers as mapped by Murphy & Bolanz. If you have the legal description for the area you are researching, this may be a good place to start.

FreeFind provides the search feature. The terms that we included in the pages include streets, personal names and geographic and man-made features. FreeFind supports the following types of searches:

  • Phrase Searching: use quotation marks ("") around the phrase.
  • Boolean searches: use AND, OR, or NOT, which must be in all capital letters.
  • "+" and "-" qualifiers: use the "+" sign for words that MUST appear in the results, and the "-" sign for words that MUST NOT appear on a page.
  • Wildcards: use the "*" for words that have different endings (ex: rail* will pick up railroad, railroads, railway); use a "?" to replace a character within a word.
When you click on the "Find!" button, you are taken to the FreeFind web site to view the results list.

When searching by street names, you can differentiate between streets, roads, avenues, boulevards, drives, etc. This can be helpful when there are multiple streets with the same name. For example, there is a Mill Creek Place, Drive, Road and Circle in Dallas County. To search any of these separately, use the associated identifier in your search and search as a phrase. To find Mill Creek Place, you would enter "mill creek place" in the search box.

For personal names, you can search first and last name in any order without punctuation. In many instances, however, only the last name was known, so you may achieve better results searching by only the family name. The search is NOT case sensitive, so you do not need to capitalize personal names.

Geographic features, railroads, etc., are spelled out and best searched as phrases. Some examples include:

  • "texas & pacific" for the T&P Railroad. You can include the term "railroad" in your search, but it is not necessary. Use the "&" symbol for your search, not the word "and".
  • "turtle creek"
  • "lagow estate"
  • "railroad terminal"

Please contact us if you have any difficulties finding the map you need.


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Using the Plug-in

Celartem offers limited information about the plug-in at it's support page.

Most of the maps in this collection contain references to other book and page numbers. These references should be active links, and you can move your mouse pointer over the reference, click, and see the corresponding map. The new map will open in a new window, so you only need to close the window to return to the original map. If you come across a map reference that is not an active link, please let us know.


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