Old Historical City, County and State

Maps of New Jersey

Discover the past of New Jersey through State maps in our online collection of old historical maps that span over 250 years of growth. View Maps of New Jersey such as historical county boundaries changes, old vintage maps, as well as road / highway maps for all 21 counties in New Jersey.

Maps of New Jersey

Maps of New Jersey can be very useful in conducting research, especially in light of the now extinct communities. Several kinds of maps are available which can help in locating land, ghost towns, or farms. Most historical maps of New Jersey were published in atlases.

Map of New Jersey State with the Counties and the County Seats

Map of New Jersey State with the Counties and the County Seats

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

New York, which was also known as New Netherlands at one point, included what is now New Jersey in colonial times. In 1664, the Dutch surrendered to England. A year later, Governor Philip Carteret took leadership of the newly-organized British colony of New Jersey.

The Province of New Jersey, was established in 1664 and disestablished in 1776. New Jersey was created as a the 3rd state on December 18, 1787. It has 21 Counties. States bordering New Jersey are Pennsylvania, New York and Delaware.

Any Historical New Jersey 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 New Jersey Map – If you have started your family research, you might have experienced trouble with trying to identify New Jersey 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 New Jersey historic maps were usually commissioned by the county seat, they often display information about the county, including town names. Reading a New Jersey 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 New Jersey.

Choosing the Best New Jersey 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 New Jersey County Formations 1683-1928

Map of New Jersey County Boundaries and County Seats

Map of New Jersey County Boundaries and County Seats

This Interactive Map of New Jersey Counties show the historical boundaries, names, organization, and attachments of every county, extinct county and unsuccessful county proposal from 1683-1928.

New Jersey contains 21 counties.

In 1683 the four original New Jersey counties were formed, Bergen, EssexMiddlesex and Monmouth Counties. The last county to be formed was Union County in 1857.


New Jersey County Map Formation by Year

New Jersey 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. At - Atlantic
  10. Be - Bergen
  1. Bu - Burlington
  2. Cam - Camden
  3. CM - Cape May
  4. Cu - Cumberland
  5. Es - Essex
  6. Gl - Gloucester
  7. Hud - Hudson
  8. Hun - Hunterdon
  9. Me - Mercer
  10. Mi - Middlesex
  1. Mon - Monmouth
  2. Mor - Morris
  3. Oc - Ocean
  4. Pa - Passaic
  5. Sa - Salem
  6. So - Somerset
  7. Su - Sussex
  8. Un - Union
  9. Wa - Warren

New Jersey County Map of Road and Highway's

The New Jersey 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.

Below is a list of maps available from NJDOT's Geographic Information System. NJDOT makes maps available "as is". The maps on this web site are graphic presentations and should be interpreted as such. The State of New Jersey and NJDOT will not be held liable for any deficiencies or inaccuracies.

The map files below are in Portable Document Format (PDF). You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader to view the files, which is available free from the state Adobe Access page.

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