Old Historical State, County and City Maps of New York

Maps of New York

Most historical maps of New York were published in atlases. Within the atlases are historical maps, illustrations, and histories many of which contain family names ideal for genealogical research.

The first place to obtain maps of New York is in each county, usually in the county treasurer’s office. Most New York county maps are large enough to show all county roads, and a further benefit is that most show the towns in different colors, making them easily distinguishable.

Many more maps can be found at the courthouse in the county clerk’s or tax offices. They can be useful for locating a specific piece of property; but the further back in time, the fewer maps will be available. A map is sometimes included with a recorded deed.

More detailed New York county maps are available for cities, villages, and towns, and a good place to look for these would be local libraries. U.S. topographical maps are useful for locating cemeteries. Excellent map collections are at the New York Public Library, the New York State Library, and the New-York Historical Society.

Numerous New York county maps are found in county histories and county atlases. Accurate maps of historical changes in towns, cities, and villages are few.

The New York State Center for Geographic Information  has a good collection of paper and digital maps for sale, and its website is linked to online digital images of the U.S. Geological Survey quadrangle maps.

Map of the Province of New York from 1644 to 1777
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Map of the Province of New York from 1644 to 1777

The area that is now the states of New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Connecticut and Rhode Island was first called New Netherland (Nieuw Nederland). It was a Colony of the Dutch Republic from 1614 to 1667. The colony was surrendered to England in 1667 after the fall of Fort Amsterdam in 1664 during the Anglo-Dutch War.

The Dutch briefly retook the colony in 1673 but returned it to England under the Second Treaty of Westminster at the end of the Third Anglo-Dutch War in 1674.

The Province of New York was a British Colony and later a Royal Colony from 1664 to 1776. New York was created as a the 11th state on July 26, 1788. New York has 62 Counties.

States bordering New York are VermontMassachusettsConnecticutNew JerseyPennsylvania and  Canada.

Maps of New York can be very useful in conducting local research, especially in light of the now extinct communities. Several kinds of maps are available which can help in locating land or farms.

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

New York County Map Formations 1683-1915

This Interactive Map of New York Counties show the historical boundaries, names, organization, and attachments of every county, extinct county and unsuccessful county proposal from 1683 to 1915. New York contains 62 counties.

New York County Map Formation by Year

New York 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. Alb – Albany
  10. All – Allegany
  11. Brm – Broome
  12. Brx – Bronx
  13. Cat – Cattaraugus
  14. Cay – Cayuga
  15. Cl – Clinton
  16. Cmg – Chemung
  17. Cnn – Chenango
  18. Col – Columbia
  19. Ctl – Cortland
  20. Ctq – Chautauqua
  21. De – Delaware
  22. Dut – Dutchess
  23. Er – Erie
  24. Es – Essex
  1. Fr – Franklin
  2. Fu – Fulton
  3. Ge – Genesee
  4. Gr – Greene
  5. Ha – Hamilton
  6. He – Herkimer
  7. Je – Jefferson
  8. Ki – Kings
  9. Le – Lewis
  10. Li – Livingston
  11. Ma – Madison
  12. Mro – Monroe
  13. Mty – Montgomery
  14. Na – Nassau
  15. Ni – Niagara
  16. NY – New York
  17. One – Oneida
  18. Ono – Onondaga
  19. Ont – Ontario
  20. Ora – Orange
  21. Orl – Orleans
  22. Os – Oswego
  23. Ot – Otsego
  1. Pu – Putnam
  2. Qu – Queens
  3. Re – Rensselaer
  4. Ri – Richmond
  5. Ro – Rockland
  6. Sa – Saratoga
  7. Sen – Seneca
  8. Shr – Schoharie
  9. SL – St. Lawrence
  10. St – Steuben
  11. Sty – Schenectady
  12. Suf – Suffolk
  13. Sul – Sullivan
  14. Syr – Schuyler
  15. Ti – Tioga
  16. To – Tompkins
  17. Ul – Ulster
  18. War – Warren
  19. Was – Washington
  20. Way – Wayne
  21. Wes – Westchester
  22. Wy – Wyoming
  23. Ya – Yates

Old Historical Atlas Maps of New York

This Historical New York Map Collection are from original copies so you can see New York as our ancestors saw them over a two hundred years ago.Some New York map years (not all) have cities, railroads, P.O. locations, township outlines and other features useful to the New York researcher.

External New York Map Links

New York County Map of Road and Highway’s

The New York D.O.T. Highway Department does not have New York County Map available at this time.

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