State Maps of Kentucky

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Maps of Kentucky

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Most historical maps of Kentucky were published in atlases. Before Statehood Kentucky was part of Virginia. In 1776, the counties of Virginia beyond the Appalachian Mountains became known as Kentucky County.

John Filson’s map, which was drawn in 1784, is believed to be one of the earliest Kentucky maps still in existence today.

John Filson’s 1784 map of Kentucky

John Filson’s 1784 map of Kentucky

In 1819 Luke Munsell’s map was printed. It was called “Map of the State of Kentucky together with parts of Indiana and Indian Territories.” The Library of Congress has a copy of that map on file.

In 1792 Kentucky became the 15th state to join the Union. States bordering Kentucky are IllinoisIndianaMissouriOhioTennesseeVirginia, and West Virginia.

Several types of maps are useful for genealogists. There are also maps called cadastral maps, which include landowner names. When cross-referenced with tax lists, they can be quite valuable to researchers.

Map of Kentucky County Boundaries and County Seats

Map of Kentucky County Boundaries and County Seats

General Highway / County Roads Series Maps of Kentucky

View the Online county maps from the Kentucky D.O.T. 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.

Interactive Timeline Map of Kentucky County Formations 1776-1939

View the Interactive Map of Kentucky Counties show the historical boundaries, names, organization, and attachments of every county, extinct county and unsuccessful county proposal from 1776 to 1939.

Kentucky Map Collections

There is a large collection of 1784 to 1818 Kentucky maps available at the Kentucky Libraries and Archives. That collection also includes maps from both the late 1800s and early 1900s, however, most of them are unprocessed and not properly organized or indexed.

The Kentucky Cabinet for Economic Development, Maps and Publications Office sells a later map, which is more detailed and shows waterways in the state. That office also has a large atlas and map collection, which researchers can access.

The Filson Library, the Kentucky Historical Society and the University of Kentucky Library also have many maps of Kentucky, which are available to researchers. City, state, and county maps are all included in those collections.

Old Historical Atlas Maps of Kentucky

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

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

Old Kentucky Map Links

  • 1785 Atlas Map of Kentucky, drawn from actual observations. By John Filson
    This map of Kentucke : drawn from actual observations, is inscribed with the most perfect respect, to the honorable congress of the United States of America, and to His Excell’cy George Washington, late commander in chief of their army
  • 1795 Map of Kentucky, Reduced from Elihu Barker’s Large Map
  • 1796 Map of the State of Kentucky; with the Adjoining Territories
  • 1804 Map of Kentucky
  • 1814 Map of Kentucky
  • 1827 Map of Kentucky and Tennessee, compiled for the Latest Authorities
  • 1833 Map Of Kentucky With Its Roads & Distances from place to place, along the Stage & Steam Boat Routes
  • 1845 Map of Kentucky and Tennessee
  • 1856 Map of Kentucky and Tennessee
  • 1880 Map of Kentucky and Tennessee

External Map Links

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