Old Historical State, County and City Maps of North Carolina

Maps of North Carolina

Most historical maps of North Carolina were published in atlases. 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 1548.

The Province of North Carolina, was organized in 1712. The State of North Carolina was created as the 12th state on November 21, 1789. States bordering North Carolina are GeorgiaSouth CarolinaTennessee and Virginia

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

Several types of maps are useful for genealogists. Excellent maps, atlases, and gazetteers for North Carolina are readily available.

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

Choosing the Best North Carolina 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 North Carolina County Formations 1664-1965

This Interactive Map of North Carolina Counties show the historical boundaries, names, organization, and attachments of every county, extinct county and unsuccessful county proposal from the creation of North Carolina in 1664-1965. North Carolina contains 100 counties

Florida County Map Formation by Year

Florida 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. Al  – Alachua County
  10. Bak – Baker County
  11. Bay – Bay County
  12. Bra – Bradford County
  13. Bre – Brevard County
  14. Bro – Broward County
  15. Ca  – Calhoun County
  16. Ch  – Charlotte County
  17. Ci  – Citrus County
  18. Cl  – Clay County
  19. Clb – Columbia County
  1. Clr – Collier County
  2. Di  – Dixie County
  3. DS  – De Soto County
  4. Du  – Duval County
  5. Es  – Escambia County
  6. Fl  – Flagler County
  7. Fr  – Franklin County
  8. Ga  – Gadsden County
  9. Gi  – Gilchrist County
  10. Gl  – Glades County
  11. Gu  – Gulf County
  12. Ham – Hamilton County
  13. Har – Hardee County
  14. Hen – Hendry County
  15. Her – Hernando County
  16. Hig – Highlands County
  17. Hil – Hillsborough County
  18. Ho  – Holmes County
  1. IR  – Indian River County
  2. Ja  – Jackson County
  3. Je  – Jefferson County
  4. Laf – Lafayette County
  5. Lak – Lake County
  6. Lee – Lee County
  7. Leo – Leon County
  8. Lev – Levy County
  9. Li  – Liberty County
  10. Mad – Madison County
  11. Man – Manatee County
  12. MiD – Miami-Dade County
  13. Mrn – Marion County
  14. Mro – Monroe County
  15. Mtn – Martin County
  16. Na  – Nassau County
  17. Ocb – Okeechobee County
  18. Or  – Orange County
  19. Os  – Osceola County
  1. Osa – Okaloosa County
  2. Pa  – Pasco County
  3. PB  – Palm Beach County
  4. Pi  – Pinellas County
  5. Po  – Polk County
  6. Pu  – Putnam County
  7. Sa  – Sarasota County
  8. Se  – Seminole County
  9. SJ  – St. Johns County
  10. SLu – St. Lucie County
  11. SR  – Santa Rosa County
  12. Sum – Sumter County
  13. Suw – Suwanee County
  14. Ta  – Taylor County
  15. Un  – Union County
  16. Vo  – Volusia County
  17. Wak – Wakulla County
  18. Wal – Walton County
  19. Was – Washington County

Old Historical Atlas Maps of North Carolina

This Historical North Carolina Map Collection are from original copies so you can see North Carolina as our ancestors saw them over a hundred years ago.

Some North Carolina map years (not all) have cities, railroads, P.O. locations, township outlines and other features useful to the Georgia researcher.

External North Carolina Map Links

North Carolina County Map of Road and Highway’s

The North Carolina 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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