Local History Starts with You

HistoryForge is an open-source platform that integrates the historic demographic data in census records, maps, and other sources, allowing for its visual representation on historic maps layered over a Google Map. The result is a powerful tool for any community in the United States to explore its past.


HistoryForge engages with local historical resources.

These include manuscript census records, historic maps, city directories, photographs, newspapers, and archival collections.


HistoryForge is a local history project.

Community members build the project by transcribing census records and constructing historic map layers.


HistoryForge engages with local historical resources.

These include manuscript census records, historic maps, city directories, photographs, newspapers, and archival collections.


HistoryForge brings local history to life!

Explore a community’s historic built environment using the maps on The Forge or map the results of any search.


Thank You!

HistoryForge has been generously supported by a two-year grant for Public Engagement with Historical Records from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC) of the National Archives (NARA).

The grant has allowed The History Center in Tompkins County to make major improvements to this open source project - from software development, to more records from more censuses, to engaging with partners.

Are you interested in using HistoryForge for your town or city? We would like to help you. Please contact us at historyforge at thehistorycenter dot net.

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