Old Historical State, County and City Maps of Florida

Maps of Florida

Most historical maps of Florida were published in atlases. Within the atlases are historical maps, illustrations, and histories many of which contain family names ideal for genealogical research. Others are rare antique maps dating back as early as 1548.

Map of Florida state designed in illustration with the counties and the county seats
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Map of Florida state designed in illustration with the counties and the county seats

The Florida Territory was organized on March 30, 1821. The State of Florida was created as the 27th state on March 3, 1845. States bordering Florida are Georgia and Alabama.

Several types of maps are useful for genealogists. Some give historical background of the area or show migration routes such as roads, rivers, and railroads. Topographical maps show physical features, such as creeks and hills, and man-made features, such as roads, cemeteries, and churches. Plat and land ownership maps and other types of maps are described in United States Maps.

One of the biggest Caribbean and Florida map collections available are in Gainesville at the P. K. Yonge Library of Florida History, which is part of the University of Florida Libraries. Many of the maps are either prints or originals.

Many images of Florida maps from 1564 to 1926 can also be viewed online, which includes the Sanborn maps for the state. Many early to modern Florida maps can also be found in Florida Historical Society Library.

Maps from all the following sources are included in the PALMM World Map Collection:

  • Florida Department of Environmental Protection
  • Florida International University
  • Florida State University
  • University of Florida
  • University of Miami
  • University of North Florida
  • University of South Florida

The Sanborn maps were made between the late 1800s and the early 1900s. Urban areas may also have other fire insurance maps available. A set of original Sanborn map duplicate copies can be found at the University of Florida Libraries Map Department, where the Library of Congress transferred them. This collection is also available on microfilm in many libraries across the country. Online catalogs may list libraries that have the collection on file

Any Historical Florida 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.

Map of Florida County Formations 1821 to 1997

This Interactive Map of Florida Counties show the historical boundaries, names, organization, and attachments of every county, extinct county and unsuccessful county proposal from the creation of Florida in 1821 to 1997.

Florida contains 67 counties. Escambia and Saint Johns Counties was the first counties created in 1821. The last county to be formed was Gilchrist County in 1925.

Florida County Map Formation by Year

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Florida 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. Al  – Alachua County
  10. Bak – Baker County
  11. Bay – Bay County
  12. Bra – Bradford County
  13. Bre – Brevard County
  14. Bro – Broward County
  15. Ca  – Calhoun County
  16. Ch  – Charlotte County
  17. Ci  – Citrus County
  18. Cl  – Clay County
  19. Clb – Columbia County
  1. Clr – Collier County
  2. Di  – Dixie County
  3. DS  – De Soto County
  4. Du  – Duval County
  5. Es  – Escambia County
  6. Fl  – Flagler County
  7. Fr  – Franklin County
  8. Ga  – Gadsden County
  9. Gi  – Gilchrist County
  10. Gl  – Glades County
  11. Gu  – Gulf County
  12. Ham – Hamilton County
  13. Har – Hardee County
  14. Hen – Hendry County
  15. Her – Hernando County
  16. Hig – Highlands County
  17. Hil – Hillsborough County
  18. Ho  – Holmes County
  1. IR  – Indian River County
  2. Ja  – Jackson County
  3. Je  – Jefferson County
  4. Laf – Lafayette County
  5. Lak – Lake County
  6. Lee – Lee County
  7. Leo – Leon County
  8. Lev – Levy County
  9. Li  – Liberty County
  10. Mad – Madison County
  11. Man – Manatee County
  12. MiD – Miami-Dade County
  13. Mrn – Marion County
  14. Mro – Monroe County
  15. Mtn – Martin County
  16. Na  – Nassau County
  17. Ocb – Okeechobee County
  18. Or  – Orange County
  19. Os  – Osceola County
  1. Osa – Okaloosa County
  2. Pa  – Pasco County
  3. PB  – Palm Beach County
  4. Pi  – Pinellas County
  5. Po  – Polk County
  6. Pu  – Putnam County
  7. Sa  – Sarasota County
  8. Se  – Seminole County
  9. SJ  – St. Johns County
  10. SLu – St. Lucie County
  11. SR  – Santa Rosa County
  12. Sum – Sumter County
  13. Suw – Suwanee County
  14. Ta  – Taylor County
  15. Un  – Union County
  16. Vo  – Volusia County
  17. Wak – Wakulla County
  18. Wal – Walton County
  19. Was – Washington County

Old Historical Atlas Maps of Florida

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

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

External Florida Map Links

  • 1822 Florida Map – Carey & Lea’s map of Florida, one of the earliest obtainable separate maps of Florida following its admission as a Territory in July 1821.The map pre-dates all but St. John’s County, with the only delineated divisions being East and West Florida. The interior river system is still largely anecdote and conjecture. Two roads lead west out of St. Augustine, one to Rollstown on the St. Johns River and the other to Ivitachua. A number of early northern forts are listed, including Ft. Barancas, Ft. Gadsden or Collinton, Ft. St. Marks, Ft. Poppa, Picolota Ft., and a British Fort erected during the war on the Appalachiola River.The map shows a small number of early towns. The surrounding text is very interesting, especially given the proximity of the publication of the map to Florida’s admission as a Territory.
  • 1823 Florida Map
  • 1825 Florida Map
  • 1834 Florida Map
  • 1838 Florida Map
  • 1865 Florida Map
  • 1869 Florida Map
  • 1874 Florida Map
  • 1878 Florida Map
  • 1884 Florida Map
  • 1886 Florida Map
  • 1903 Florida Map

Florida County Map of Road and Highway’s

The Florida Department of Transportation has prepared a series of county road maps. These maps contain more detailed information about man-made features than the geological survey maps.

In addition to roads and boundaries, these maps include rural communities, churches, and cemeteries. T

These maps are downloadable and are in PDF format. The main use of these are the locations of all known cemeteries in a county and of course the various roads and church locations. These Maps are Free to Download.

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