Old Historical City, County and State Maps of Delaware

Our collection of old historical maps of Delaware span over 200 years of growth. View Delaware Maps such as historical county boundaries changes as well as old vintage maps for all 3 counties in Delaware.

Maps of Delaware

Our collection of old historical Delaware maps span over 200 years of growth. Most historical maps of Delaware were published in atlases. The State of Delaware was created as the 1st state on December 7, 1787.

States bordering Delaware are are Maryland, New Jersey and Pennsylvania.

Several types of maps are useful for genealogists. One of the best ways to trace colonial ancestors is to use early Georgia maps. Some give historical background of the area or show migration routes such as roads, rivers, and railroads. Maps showing militia districts and land lottery information can be purchased from the Georgia Archives.

Within the atlases are historical maps, illustrations, and histories many of which contain family names ideal for genealogical research, while Others are rare antique maps dating back to the early exploration of the state.

Solving Research Problems with a Delaware Maps – If you have started your family research, you might have experienced trouble with trying to identify Delaware city borders and names that have changed over the course of time. This can make it difficult to understand where your ancestors’ information is kept.

Any Historical Delaware Map can indicate who owned specific property in the state and which towns held the county seat at the time. This information is a valuable starting point for your research pointing you to the right location of records.

Because Delaware historic maps were usually commissioned by the county seat, they often display information about the county, including town names. Reading a Delaware map from the time period you are researching can help tremendously in solving these problems by leading you to the correct town records. It can also give you other leads, such as the location of city directories or old post offices in Delaware .

Choosing the Best Delaware Map – If you have a large source of maps to choose from, try starting with the area where your ancestors resided and looking for the maps with the most detail. You can determine a lot by seeing if the area was still rural or more developed, and how far it was to the nearest city. This can shed light on your family’s lifestyle and occupation. Were they farmers who lived in the country, or merchants who traveled often to a nearby city? A map can give you an idea of what occupations were possible.

Map of Delaware County Formations 1673-1841

This Interactive Map of Delaware Counties show the historical boundaries, names, organization, and attachments of every county, extinct county and unsuccessful county proposal from the creation of Delaware in 1673-1841.

Delaware contains 3 counties.

The divisions, or “hundreds” as they are called, comes from the times when Delaware and Maryland were colonial holdings of Great Britain. While Delaware alone retains the use of “hundreds”, the origin of most “place names” in both states can be traced back to the times of British rule.


Delaware County Formation Years

Delaware Map Abbreviations

  1. unorg. = unorganized
  2. g. = gained
  3. w. = with
  4. fr. = from
  5. atmt. = attachment
  6. exch = exchanged
  7. nca.= non county area
  8. ch. = changed
  9. Ke – Kent
  10. NC – New Castle
  11. Su – Sussex

Old Historical Atlas Maps of Delaware

This Historical Delaware Map Collection are from original copies so you can see Georgia as our ancestors saw them over a hundred years ago.

Some Delaware map years (not all) have cities, railroads, P.O. locations, township outlines and other features useful to the Georgia researcher.

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