Garland Stout, a retired engineer, began making maps after researching his wife's Randolph County ancestors. Since then, Stout has drawn over 3,000 maps that include drawings of all 100 North Carolina counties. Stout's maps include old family residences, old churches, deserted towns with the dates they were incorporated, and abandoned roads. Stout is also a highly respected genealogist and is considered an expert in North Carolina post office history. Stout is currently trying to locate, by present county boundaries, the locations of original North Carolina land patents and land grants. He has completed sixty percent of the project to date.