From the Assessor’s Office: 1929-1935 Hanson Assessor’s Maps

From the Assessor’s Office:

1929-1935 Hanson Assessor’s Maps

By Mary Blauss Edwards, Curator of the Hanson Historical Society

The manuscript “1929-1935 Hanson Assessor’s Maps″ was preserved using Community Preservation Funds. Upon the recommendation of the Hanson Community Preservation Committee and approval at Hanson Town Meeting, the Hanson Board of Assessors contracted the services of Browns’s River Marotti Company  to digitize the manuscript, the original manuscript is housed in the at the Assessors Office.

The manuscript consists of 122 Plans which together form a comprehensive map of the town of Hanson drawn by civil engineer Dana M. Pratt (a resident of South Hanson) between the years 1929 to 1935. Plan Nos. 1-59 include the southern half of the town, and Plan Nos. 60-122 include the northern half of town. Pratt surveyed and drew the maps over the course of several years: Plan Nos. 1-28 were drawn in 1929; Plan Nos. 29-42 were drawn in 1930; Plan Nos. 43-71 were drawn in 1934; and Plan Nos. 72-122 were drawn in 1935. The maps define property lines and include the names of the property owners as well as depicting the general size and shape of any buildings on the property.

To locate your house, or the home of a Hanson ancestor on these maps, look on the first page of the pdf, which includes a master index map of the town of Hanson. Locate the street you or your ancestor lived on, then note the Plan Number associated with that street. The plan numbers are arranged numerically on the pdf, so scroll to the correct plan number and locate the name of the owner of your house or your ancestor’s name.

View the complete manuscript:

1929-1935HansonAssessorsMap

Index of the 122 Plans which together form this comprehensive map of Hanson. The maps were drawn by civil engineer Dana M. Pratt between the years 1929-1935.

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