Maps of Arkansasdescribes the types of maps available as well as historical county boundaries changes, old vintage maps, as well as road / highway maps for all 72 counties in the State of Arkansas.
Maps of Arkansas
Our collection of old historical Arkansas maps span over 190 years of growth. Most historical maps of Arkansas were published in atlases.
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.
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 the 1800,s.
The Arkansas Territory was organized on March 2, 1819. The State of Arkansas was created as the 25th state on June 15, 1836. Arkansas borders Louisiana, Mississippi, Tennessee, Missouri, Oklahoma and Texas.
Copies of this softbound compilation, no longer available for purchase, they are available for research at the Arkansas History Commission, which also houses a fine collection of maps pertaining to Arkansas. Copies of a few of these are included in Norris’ Arkansas Links.
The Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department has old Arkansas map reproductions, as well as copies of county maps available. The University of Arkansas at Fayetteville also maintains a large collection of maps and atlases.
The Arkansas History Commission, which also houses a fine collection of maps pertaining to Arkansas.
These detailed maps show such landmarks as roads, cemeteries, towns, railroads, watercourses, dwellings, farms, churches, schools, businesses, factory or industrial plants, and sawmills for each county in the state.
Solving Research Problems with a Arkansas Maps
If you have started your family tree research, you might have experienced trouble with trying to identify Arkansas city borders and names that have changed over the course of time. This can make it difficult to understand where your ancestors’ information is kept.
Because historic maps of Arkansas were usually commissioned by the county seat, they often display information about the county, including town names.
Reading a map from the time period you are researching can help tremendously in solving these problems by leading you to the correct town records. It can also give you other leads, such as the location of city directories or old post offices in Arkansas.
How to Choose the Best Arkansas Map
If you have a large source of maps to choose from, try starting with the area where your ancestors resided and looking for the maps with the most detail.
You can determine a lot by seeing if the area was still rural or more developed, and how far it was to the nearest city. This can shed light on your family’s lifestyle and occupation.
Were they farmers who lived in the country, or merchants who traveled often to a nearby city? A map can give you an idea of what occupations were possible.
Map of Arkansas County Formations 1813-1925
This Interactive Map of Arkansas Counties show the historical boundaries, names, organization, and attachments of every county, extinct county and unsuccessful county proposal from the creation of Arkansas in 1813.
Arkansas contains 75 counties. Arkansas Counties were first formed while part of the Missouri Territory, and after that the Arkansas Territory.
Arkansas County Formation Years
Arkansas Map Abbreviations
Arkansas County Map of Road and Highway’s
The Arkansas Highway Department 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.
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.
Old Historical Atlas Maps of Arkansas
This Historical Arkansas Map Collection are from original copies so you can see Alabama as our ancestors saw them over a hundred years ago. Arkansas was at one time part of the Missouri Territory before becoming a state.
Some Arkansas map years (not all) have cities, railroads, P.O. locations, township outlines and other features useful to the Arkansas researcher.