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Maps of Kentucky

Discover the past of Kentucky through State maps in our online collection of old historical maps that span over 200 years of growth. View Kentucky Maps such such as historical county boundaries changes, old vintage maps, as well as road / highway maps for all 120 counties in Kentucky.

Maps of Kentucky

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Most historical maps of Kentucky were published in atlases. Before Statehood Kentucky was part of Virginia. 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.

Map of Commonwealth of Kentucky designed in illustration with the counties and the county seats

Map of Commonwealth of Kentucky designed in illustration with the counties and the county seats

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

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.

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

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.

The State of Kentucky was created as the 15th state on June 1, 1792. States bordering Kentucky are IllinoisIndianaMissouriOhioTennesseeVirginia, and West Virginia.

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.

External Kentucky Map Links

Map of Kentucky County Formations 1776-1939

This 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 contains 120 counties. In 1780 the first Kentucky counties were formed. They were Fayette, Jefferson and Lincoln Counties. The last county to be formed was McCreary County in 1912.

Kentucky 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. Ad - Adair
  10. Al - Allen
  11. An - Anderson
  12. Bal - Ballard
  13. Bar - Barren
  14. Bat - Bath
  15. Be - Bell
  16. Boo - Boone
  17. Bou - Bourbon
  18. Bra - Bracken
  19. Brk - Breckinridge
  20. Btt - Breathitt
  21. Bul - Bullitt
  22. But - Butler
  23. Byd - Boyd
  24. Byl - Boyle
  25. Cas - Casey
  26. Cdl - Caldwell
  27. Ch - Christian
  28. Clk - Clark
  29. Cll - Carlisle
  30. Cln - Clinton
  31. Clw - Calloway
  32. Cly - Clay
  1. Cml - Campbell
  2. Cr - Crittenden
  3. Crl - Carroll
  4. Ctr - Carter
  5. Cu - Cumberland
  6. Da - Daviess
  7. Ed - Edmonson
  8. El - Elliott
  9. Es - Estill
  10. Fay - Fayette
  11. Fmg - Fleming
  12. Fr - Franklin
  13. Fu - Fulton
  14. Fyd - Floyd
  15. Gal - Gallatin
  16. Gar - Garrard
  17. Gnt - Grant
  18. Grn - Green
  19. Gsn - Grayson
  20. Gup - Greenup
  21. Gvs - Graves
  22. Han - Hancock
  23. Hdn - Henderson
  24. Hi - Hickman
  25. Hln - Harlan
  26. Ho - Hopkins
  27. Hrd - Hardin
  28. Hrt - Hart
  29. Hry - Henry
  30. Hsn - Harrison
  31. Ja - Jackson
  32. Jef - Jefferson
  1. Jes - Jessamine
  2. Jo - Johnson
  3. Ke - Kenton
  4. Knt - Knott
  5. Knx - Knox
  6. Lar - Larue
  7. Lau - Laurel
  8. Law - Lawrence
  9. Lee - Lee
  10. Les - Leslie
  11. Let - Letcher
  12. Lew - Lewis
  13. Lin - Lincoln
  14. Liv - Livingston
  15. Lo - Logan
  16. Ly - Lyon
  17. Mad - Madison
  18. Mag - Magoffin
  19. Mas - Mason
  20. McL - McLean
  21. MCn - McCracken
  22. MCy - McCreary
  23. Mea - Meade
  24. Men - Menifee
  25. Mer - Mercer
  26. Met - Metcalfe
  27. Mor - Morgan
  28. Mrn - Marion
  29. Mro - Monroe
  30. Msl - Marshall
  31. Mtn - Martin
  32. Mty - Montgomery
  1. Mu - Muhlenberg
  2. Ne - Nelson
  3. Ni - Nicholas
  4. Oh - Ohio
  5. Ol - Oldham
  6. Own - Owen
  7. Owy - Owsley
  8. Pen - Pendleton
  9. Per - Perry
  10. Pi - Pike
  11. Po - Powell
  12. Pu - Pulaski
  13. Rob - Robertson
  14. Roc - Rockcastle
  15. Row - Rowan
  16. Ru - Russell
  17. Sc - Scott
  18. Sh - Shelby
  19. Si - Simpson
  20. Sp - Spencer
  21. Ta - Taylor
  22. Tbl - Trimble
  23. To - Todd
  24. Trg - Trigg
  25. Un - Union
  26. War - Warren
  27. Was - Washington
  28. Way - Wayne
  29. We - Webster
  30. Wh - Whitley
  31. Wol - Wolfe
  32. Woo - Woodford

Kentucky County Map of Road and Highway's

County General Highway Maps were produced by the Kentucky Department of Highways. The originals are 1:125,000 scale and about 18 inches by 18 to 24 inches (some are a little larger and a few are oriented 90° from the others). Two series are available: 1950 and 1999. The 1950 series maps were often actually from the 1930s and 40s with only minor updates.

A few of the 1999 series maps are from earlier in the 1990s. The General Highway Maps are no longer updated and they will be replaced by the new County Road Series. The State Primary Road System maps are available for each county now, but they contain less detail. See the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet’s web site for more information.

The Kentucky Department of Transportation is pleased to provide highly detailed county maps online. 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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