Old Historical City, County and State Maps of Tennessee

Our collection of old historical maps of Tennessee span over 200 years of growth. View Tennessee Maps such as historical county boundaries changes, old vintage maps, as well as road / highway maps for all 95 counties in Tennessee.

Maps of Tennessee

Most historical maps of Tennessee were published in atlases. From 1784 to 1787 the “state” of Franklin was formed, but when area settlers were allowed to be North Carolina representatives Franklin was disbanded.

The territory to the Ohio River’s south was officially organized by Congress in 1790. Tennessee was created as a the 16th state on June 1, 1796. Tennessee joined the Confederacy in June 8, 1861. Tennessee was readmitted to the Union on July 24, 1866. States bordering Georgia  are Virginia, Kentucky, North Carolina, AlabamaMississippi, Georgia, Missouri, and Arkansas.

Map of Tennessee state designed in illustration with the counties and the county seats

Map of Tennessee state designed in illustration with the counties and the county seats

Several types of maps are useful for genealogists. Tracing the history of early families in Tennessee is much easier if the researcher has an understanding of Tennessee gazetteers and maps.

There are civil district maps, early surveyors’ maps, and many other Tennessee maps on file at the Tennessee State Library and Archives. They also have both current and historical maps on file, including topographical maps from the U.S. Geological Survey. Some Ocoee District plat books and Mountain District grants can also be found there.

Any Historical Tennessee 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.

Solving Research Problems with a Tennessee Maps – If you have started your family research, you might have experienced trouble with trying to identify Tennessee 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 Tennessee historic maps were usually commissioned by the county seat, they often display information about the county, including town names. Reading a Tennessee 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 Tennessee.

Choosing the Best Tennessee 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 Tennessee County Formations 1777-1985

This Interactive Map of Tennessee Counties show the historical boundaries, names, organization, and attachments of every county, extinct county and unsuccessful county proposal from the creation of Tennessee in 1777-1985.

Tennessee contains 95 counties. In 1777 the first Tennessee counties were formed. The First was Washington County and the last county to be formed was Chester County in 1879.

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Tennessee County Formation Years

Tennessee 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. An  – Anderson
  10. Bed – Bedford
  11. Ben – Benton
  12. Ble – Bledsoe
  13. Blo – Blount
  14. Br  – Bradley
  15. Cam – Campbell
  16. Can – Cannon
  17. Cbn – Claiborne
  18. Chs – Chester
  19. Cly – Clay
  20. Coc – Cocke
  21. Cof – Coffee
  22. Cr  – Crockett
  23. Crl – Carroll
  24. Ctm – Cheatham
  25. Ctr – Carter
  26. Cu  – Cumberland
  1. Da  – Davidson
  2. Dec – Decatur
  3. Di  – Dickson
  4. DK  – Dekalb
  5. Dy  – Dyer
  6. Fa  – Fayette
  7. Fe  – Fentress
  8. Fr  – Franklin
  9. Gib – Gibson
  10. Gil – Giles
  11. Gra – Grainger
  12. Gre – Greene
  13. Gru – Grundy
  14. Han – Hancock
  15. Haw – Hawkins
  16. Hay – Haywood
  17. Hbn – Hamblen
  18. Hdm – Hardeman
  19. Hi  – Hickman
  20. Ho  – Houston
  21. Hrn – Hardin
  22. Hry – Henry
  23. Hsn – Henderson
  24. Htn – Hamilton
  25. Hu  – Humphreys
  26. Jac – Jackson
  1. Je  – Jefferson
  2. Jo  – Johnson
  3. Jon – Jones
  4. Kn  – Knox
  5. Lak – Lake
  6. Lau – Lauderdale
  7. Law – Lawrence
  8. Le  – Lewis
  9. Li  – Lincoln
  10. Lo  – Loudon
  11. Mac – Macon
  12. Mad – Madison
  13. Mau – Maury
  14. McM – McMinn
  15. McN – McNairy
  16. Me  – Meigs
  17. Moo – Moore
  18. Mor – Morgan
  19. Mrn – Marion
  20. Mro – Monroe
  21. Msl – Marshall
  22. Mty – Montgomery
  23. Ob  – Obion
  24. Ov  – Overton
  25. Pe  – Perry
  26. Pi  – Pickett
  1. Po  – Polk
  2. Pu  – Putnam
  3. Rh  – Rhea
  4. Roa – Roane
  5. Rob – Robertson
  6. Ru  – Rutherford
  7. Sc  – Scott
  8. Seq – Sequatchie
  9. Sev – Sevier
  10. Sh  – Shelby
  11. Sm  – Smith
  12. St  – Stewart
  13. Sul – Sullivan
  14. Sum – Sumner
  15. Ti  – Tipton
  16. Tr  – Trousdale
  17. Uci – Unicoi
  18. Unn – Union
  19. VB  – Van Buren
  20. War – Warren
  21. Was – Washington
  22. Way – Wayne
  23. We  – Weakley
  24. Wh  – White
  25. Wls – Wilson
  26. Wms – Williamson

Tennessee County Map of Road and Highway’s

The Tennessee 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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