Yesterday the world lost a wonderful man, but the world’s loss is heaven’s gain. Art Lassagne passed away peacefully in his sleep Sunday, but his impact on genealogists will long endure.
Art is known for his popular Ani-Map software that is a county boundary historical atlas. The software displays around 2,300 maps and shows in animation format the changing county boundaries for each of the 48 adjacent United States for every year since colonial times. The earliest map shows Virginia boundaries in 1617. Ani-Map also allows plotting of a place and then observation of the reverse progression of boundaries, back through time. By noting previous county jurisdictions, researchers may find other courthouses that may have documents mentioning their ancestors. Recent Ani-Map updates include plucking and plotting with Ani-Map and Google Maps.
A mutual friend, Holly Hansen, wrote her thoughts about Art:
Here you’ll find more about his personal history.
I, for one, am going to miss Art’s generous smile, and twinkling eyes. He understood the fun and yes, even the exhaustion of being a presenter and an exhibitor at national and regional genealogy conferences, and was always there offering a helping hand, and words of encouragement. Art had the distinction of being a smart man, with an approachable human side.
Rest in peace, dear friend.
PS - You'll find Ani-Map at www.GoldBug.com.
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