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Maps of Georgia

Discover the past of Georgia through State maps in our online collection of old historical maps that span over 250 years of growth. View Georgia Maps such as historical county boundaries changes, old vintage maps, as well as road / highway maps for all 159 counties in Georgia.

Maps of Georgia

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The Georgia Archives is also home to a large collection of detailed county and state maps. The collection contains over 30,000 documents. The Map Room at the Georgia Department of Transportation offers modern city and county maps for a small fee.

First appearance of Georgia in 1732

First appearance of Georgia in 1732

The State of Georgia was created as the 4th state on Jan. 2, 1788. States bordering Georgia  are are Florida, Alabama, Tennessee, North Carolina and South Carolina. Most historical maps of Georgia were published in atlases. Several types of maps are useful for genealogists.

The Province of Georgia was founded in 1732. France, England, and Spain all ruled over it at various times since 1526.

In 1498 Italian explorer John Cabot explored the coast of Georgia. In 1526 Lucas Vazques de Ayllon established the first colony.

In 1540 Spanish explorer Hernando de Soto led the first European expedition into the area that is now Georgia. Almost all of Georgia was controlled by the Creeks during this time.

In 1565 responding to a French attempt to settle on the southeastern coast, the Spanish began occupying of Florida.

In 1629 King Charles I of England granted a charter for the territory to Sir Robert Heath.

Map of Georgia Indian Cessions

Map of Georgia Indian Cessions

Then on July 30, 1730, James Oglethorpe and his associates petition King George II for a royal charter to establish a colony southwest of Carolina.

The first Creek Native Indian cession occurred in 1733.

1756 – 1763 Land was won by Great Britain because of the Seven Years War (French and Indian War). France cedes England all French territory east of the Mississippi River, except New Orleans. The Spanish give up east and west Florida to the English in return for Cuba.

On April 7, 1798, Mississippi Territory was created from Georgia.

In 1838 Cherokee and Creek Indians are forced from the state on the Trail of Tears, because of the Second Creek War (Seminole War 1836 – 1837).

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.

Old Historical Atlas Maps of Georgia

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

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

External Georgia Map Links

  • 1778 Eastern part of Florida, of Georgia, and South Carolina – – This map shows the east coast from Cape Fear to Saint Augustine, giving excellent detail mostly along the coast, but as far inland as Augusta. Detail includes rivers, roads, towns, forts and Indian settlements. This is one of the best and most detailed maps of the southeastern coast at the time of the Revolution, a region which was the focus of much of the late action in the war
  • 1795 Map of Georgia state to MS River – one of a small handful produced within the United States prior to 1800. Appeared within the first edition of the first gazetteer of the U.S. Longitude given with Philadelphia as prime meridian. Georgia extends from the Atlantic Ocean across to the Mississippi river. New Orleans seen within West Florida. Tennessee (sic) named above beside Georgia. Mis-named swamp in northern Florida.

Map of Georgia County Formations 1758-1932

This Interactive Map of Georgia Counties show the historical boundaries, names, organization, and attachments of every county, extinct county and unsuccessful county proposal from the creation of Georgia in 1758-1932.

Georgia contains 159 counties. Georgia originally consisted of 12 parishes at the time of the American Revolution. These parishes were St. George, St. Thomas, St. Mary, St. Philip, Christ Church, St. Matthew, St. Philip, St. David, St. Patrick, St. John, St. Andrew, St. James and St. Paul.

In 1777 the first Georgia counties were formed. They were Burke, Camden, Chatham, Effingham, Glynn, Liberty, Richmond and Wilkes Counties. The last county to be formed was Peach County in 1924.

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Georgia County Formation Years

Georgia 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. Ap - Appling
  10. At - Atkinson
  11. Bac - Bacon
  12. Bak - Baker
  13. Bal - Baldwin
  14. Ban - Banks
  15. Ber - Berrien
  16. BH - Ben Hill
  17. Bib - Bibb
  18. Bl - Bleckley
  19. Bra - Brantley
  20. Bro - Brooks
  21. Brw - Barrow
  22. Bry - Bryan
  23. Btw - Bartow
  24. Bul - Bulloch
  25. Bur - Burke
  26. But - Butts
  27. Cal - Calhoun
  28. Can - Candler
  29. Car - Carroll
  30. Cat - Catoosa
  31. Cbl - Campbell
  32. Cdn - Camden
  33. Chn - Charlton
  34. Clb - Columbia
  35. Cli - Clinch
  36. Clk - Clarke
  37. Cly - Clay
  38. Cob - Cobb
  39. Cof - Coffee
  40. Coo - Cook
  41. Cow - Coweta
  42. Cqt - Colquitt
  43. Cra - Crawford
  44. Cri - Crisp
  45. Crk - Cherokee
  46. Cte - Chattahoochee
  47. Ctg - Chattooga
  48. Ctm - Chatham
  49. Ctn - Clayton
  50. Dad - Dade
  51. Daw - Dawson
  52. Dec - Decatur
  53. Dgs - Douglas
  54. DK - De Kalb
  55. Dod - Dodge
  56. Doo - Dooly
  1. Dty - Dougherty
  2. Ea - Early
  3. Ec - Echols
  4. Ef - Effingham
  5. El - Elbert
  6. Em - Emanuel
  7. Ev - Evans
  8. Fan - Fannin
  9. Fay - Fayette
  10. Fl - Floyd
  11. Fo - Forsyth
  12. Fr - Franklin
  13. Fu - Fulton
  14. Gi - Gilmer
  15. Gla - Glascock
  16. Gly - Glynn
  17. Go - Gordon
  18. Gra - Grady
  19. Gre - Greene
  20. Gw - Gwinnett
  21. Hab - Habersham
  22. Hal - Hall
  23. Han - Hancock
  24. Hea - Heard
  25. Hen - Henry
  26. Ho - Houston
  27. Hrs - Harris
  28. Hrt - Hart
  29. Hsn - Haralson
  30. Ir - Irwin
  31. Jac - Jackson
  32. Jas - Jasper
  33. JD - Jeff Davis
  34. Jfn - Jefferson
  35. Jkn - Jenkins
  36. Joh - Johnson
  37. Jon - Jones
  38. Lam - Lamar
  39. Lan - Lanier
  40. Lau - Laurens
  41. Lee - Lee
  42. Lib - Liberty
  43. Lon - Lincoln
  44. Lon - Long
  45. Low - Lowndes
  46. Lu - Lumpkin
  47. Mac - Macon
  48. Mad - Madison
  49. Mar - Marion
  50. McD - McDuffie
  51. McI - McIntosh
  52. Me - Meriwether
  53. Mit - Mitchell
  54. Mlr - Miller
  55. Mor - Morgan
  56. Mro - Monroe
  1. Mtn - Milton
  2. Mty - Montgomery
  3. Mur - Murray
  4. Mus - Muscogee
  5. Ne - Newton
  6. Oc - Oconee
  7. Og - Oglethorpe
  8. Pa - Paulding
  9. Pe - Peach
  10. Pic - Pickens
  11. Pie - Pierce
  12. Pik - Pike
  13. Po - Polk
  14. Pul - Pulaski
  15. Put - Putnam
  16. Qu - Quitman
  17. Rab - Rabun
  18. Ran - Randolph
  19. Ri - Richmond
  20. Ro - Rockdale
  21. Scr - Screven
  22. Se - Seminole
  23. Sp - Spalding
  24. Spn - Stephens
  25. Su - Sumter
  26. Swt - Stewart
  27. Tat - Tattnall
  28. Tay - Taylor
  29. Tbt - Talbot
  30. Tel - Telfair
  31. Ter - Terrell
  32. Tfo Taliaferro
  33. Th - Thomas
  34. Ti - Tift
  35. Too - Toombs
  36. Tow - Towns
  37. Tre - Treutlen
  38. Tro - Troup
  39. Tu - Turner
  40. Tw - Twiggs
  41. Un - Union
  42. Up - Upson
  43. Was - Washington
  44. Way - Wayne
  45. Wcx - Wilcox
  46. We - Webster
  47. Wfd - Whitfield
  48. Whe - Wheeler
  49. Wkr - Walker
  50. Wks - Wilkes
  51. Wo - Worth
  52. Wre - Ware
  53. Wrn - Warren
  54. Wsn - Wilkinson
  55. Wte - White
  56. Wtn - Walton

Georgia County Map of Road and Highway's

The Georgia D.O.T. Highway Department has prepared a series of 2016 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.

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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