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6/24/2016 at 2:55:09 PM GMT
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Ballard's Cadastral Map of Glynn County

          In 1910 the Glynn County Commissioners hired Nathaniel H. Ballard to survey and compile a cadastral map of the county, to show every parcel of land of any size and other features in the county.  Ballard completed the map in 1912.  Years ago there was a carpet-size copy of Ballard’s map hanging on the wall behind plexiglas in the tax assessor's office in the basement of the old Glynn County courthouse.  I don’t know if this was the original or a copy.  It was faded to the point of almost complete illegibility.  No one in the courthouse seems to know where it is now.  There are two reduced facsimile versions of Ballard’s map.  One is:


Glynn County Georgia Reduced Facsimile of the Ballard Map of 1912 and U. S. Eng. Dept. Data Presented to Mrs. James E. Hays, Georgia State Historian Rhodes Memorial Hall, Atlanta by Carl G. Vretman Atlanta, Ga. Sept. 23, 1941.


          Copies of the above are in the Georgia Archives and in the map drawer in the Special Collections in the Brunswick Public Library.  The other reduced facsimile version, which varies somewhat, is online at

          There is a book in the Glynn County record room that has this title: “Map of Glynn County 1911 by W. A. Ballard.”  This contains general and incomplete cadastral sketch maps of most of the county.  The sketch maps show property lines and contain some brief notations about ownership.

          Apparently none of the above versions of Ballard’s map show all the detail that was on the original.  I’m wondering if anyone knows where Ballard’s original map, or a copy of it, is?  Thanks.

Farris Cadle

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