Welcome to the Gold Bug! We are dedicated to providing you with historical information and software for genealogical research, academic study or personal interest. We have a large selection of reproductions of early maps of the U.S., Europe and the world, going back to the 16th century. Our atlas software is designed to aid in historical research.
History of the Gold Bug
The Gold Bug was founded by Art Lassagne in 1962 as a resource for treasure hunters and prospectors. A storefront was opened in Lafayette, California in 1965 selling metal detectors, gold pans, prospecting equipment and books on treasure hunting and related topics. The store moved to Walnut Creek, California in 1969.
In 1971 the store was closed and the Lassagne family moved to Nevada to be closer to old mining and prospecting ghost towns of the West. At that time, the Gold Bug became primarily a mail-order business, publishing the Gold Bug Newsletter, and various related books.
In 1974, the Gold Bug moved back to California, but remained a mail order business. Moving from prospecting to research, the Gold Bug’s focus changed to early map reproductions and other geographical information, which remains its focus today.
In 1994, the Gold Bug ventured into software publishing with AniMap, an animated county boundary historical atlas. AniMap is used by researchers, genealogists, historians, and individuals interested in the changing boundaries of U.S. counties from Colonial times to the present day. In June 1995 the Gold Bug started its website and an online store to sell early map reproductions, gazetteers, software for historical and genealogical research and other related items.
On September 29, 2008 Art Lassagne passed away. He will be greatly missed.
Though it will never be the same without Art, the GoldBug continues to operate today with the entire family helping out.
Q: What do you get when you combine AniMap’s SiteFinder with Google Maps?
A: A whole new way of “plucking and plotting”!
SiteFinder Online, a free web-based version of The Gold Bug’s SiteFinder U.S. place name database. SiteFinder Online lets you search for towns, cemeteries, schools, courthouses (and more) and plot them onto Google Maps where you can zoom in & out or overlay the SiteFinder locations onto satellite images of area you are studying. You can plot multiple items at once, or search for your exact point of interest. Click on the image
Now it’s that much easier to find what you’re looking for. Try SiteFinder Online now!