|AL State Facts|
|Territory: Apr 07, 1798 (MS)|
|Territory: Dec 10, 1817 (AL)|
|Statehood: Dec 14, 1819|
|Borders: FL, GA, MS and TN|
|AL Land Ownership Maps|
|AL Maps & Atlases|
|AL Birth, Marriage & Deaths|
|AL Military Databases|
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Maps of Alabama are a great resource to help learn about a place at a particular point in time. Old Alabama maps are effective sources of geographical information and useful for historical, genealogical and territorial research.
Our collection of Alabama maps includes many different historic and modern types of maps. The maps date from the 19th century to the present and include:
- Alabama Township maps, including maps showing the progress of the original government surveys
- Alabama Road, Highway and railroad maps
- Alabama Maps showing the state’s geological features
- Alabama Nautical charts
- Alabama timeline of county boundaries changes
- Alabama Military maps
- Alabama Maps of specific towns, counties, islands, harbors, and bodies of water
- Territorial era maps of Alabama
- Bird’s eye views of Alabama cities and towns
Historical Maps of Alabama are a great resource to help learn about a place at a particular point in time. Alabama Maps are vital historical evidence but must be interpreted cautiously and carefully.
Alabama Map Collections
All of Alabama has been mapped in cooperation with the U.S. Geological Survey and the Geological Survey of Alabama.
These topographic quadrangle maps show selected artificial and natural features, as well as, the shape and elevation of features. Features include state, county, and municipal boundary lines; townships, ranges, roads, railroads, and buildings; and mountains, valleys, streams, and rivers.
The earliest survey maps for Alabama are dated from 1901. Modern maps are indexed at the USGS website.
Another important series of maps for incorporated municipalities is the Sanborn Fire Insurance maps. These maps include 110 Alabama communities that date from 1884 to 1950. The maps indicate street names, property boundaries, building use, and, in some cases, property owners.
Originals are available in the Library of Congress and in the University of Alabama Library, Alabama Department of Archives and History, Auburn University in Auburn, University of Alabama, Samford University, Mobile Public Library, and Birmingham Public Library. Descriptive annotations, as well as, detailed physical descriptions add to the usefulness of the list.
Old Historical Atlas Maps of Alabama
This Historical Alabama Map Collection are from original copies. Most historical maps of Alabama were published in atlases and spans over 200 years of growth for the state.
Some Alabama maps years have cities, railroads, P.O. locations, township outlines, and other features useful to the Alabama researcher.
Remember, Alabama was at one-time part of Georgia and the Mississippi Territory before becoming a state.
1804 Atlas Map of the Mississippi Territory
1812 Atlas Map of the Mississippi Territory
Carey’s 1814 Atlas Map of Mississippi Territory
Carey’s 1818 Map of the Alabama and Mississippi Territories
Carey’s 1822 Geographical, Statistical and Historical State Map of Alabama
Lucas’s 1823 State Map Of Alabama
Finley’s 1827 State Map of Alabama, Louisiana and Mississippi
Tanner’s 1836 State Map of Alabama
Morse’s 1845 State Map of Alabama
Colton’s 1856 State Map of Alabama
1866 State Map of Alabama Public Survey Sketches by the Department of Interior Land Office
Mitchell’s 1880 State and County Map of Alabama and Georgia with City of Savannah and City of Atlanta
Map of Alabama County Formations 1818-1980
This Interactive Map of Alabama Counties show the historical boundaries, names, organization, and attachments of every county, extinct county and unsuccessful county proposal from the creation of the Alabama territory in 1818 to 1980.
Alabama County Maps of Road and Highway’s
The Alabama Highway Department has prepared a series of 2011 county road maps free online. These Alabama road maps contain more detailed information about man-made features than the geological survey maps.
External Alabama Map Resources
- Old Historical Maps of Alabama (alabamamaps.ua.edu)
- Alabama Maps, Atlases & Gazetteers (ancestry.com)
- U.S., Indexed County Land Ownership Maps, 1860-1918 (ancestry.com)
- Library of Congress Alabama Map Collections (loc.gov)
- Old Maps of Alabama (old-maps.com)
- Alabama Antique Maps and Historical Atlases (historicmapworks.com)
- Historical Alabama State Maps (mapsofthepast.com)
- Antique Maps of Alabama (raremaps.com)
- Alabama Map Books (amazon.com)