How can you find a land owner's map of your local area?


Quick Answer

Find land owner's maps, commonly called plat maps, at online map services such as Farm & Home Publishers, Mapping Solutions and Rockford Map Publishers. Additionally, find them in printed format at the state cartographer's office or local land use planning office.

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A land owner's map or plat map illustrates land ownership, generally by county. Plat maps may also show land ownership at the township or sub-division level. Each map depicts a general picture of public and private property lines, but it is not a legally accurate representation of property lines, explains the Wisconsin state cartographer's website.

View these maps for free at the state cartographer's office or local land use planning office. Both offices provide printed maps for purchase.

Some counties use commercial companies to create plat maps and plat books, while some house geographic information system, or GIS, offices to create the maps. Phone the local land use planning office to learn which method it uses. If it uses a private company, purchase printed maps or map files directly.

View historical landowner's maps on the websites of Historic Map Works and History Geo. Some of these older maps use the meets and bounds method of measurement, rather than the current measurements of feet or acres.

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