Old Historical State, County and City Maps of Florida

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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

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

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

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

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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