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Most historical maps of North Carolina were published in atlases. 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

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. In 1664 the first Georgia counties were formed. They were Albemarle County and Chowan County. The last counties to be formed was Avery and Hoke counties in 1924.

North Carolina 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. Ala – Alamance
  10. All – Alleghany
  11. Alx – Alexander
  12. An – Anson
  13. As – Ashe
  14. Av – Avery
  15. Bft – Beaufort
  16. Bl  – Bladen
  17. Br  – Brunswick
  18. Brt – Bertie
  19. Bun – Buncombe
  20. Bur – Burke
  21. Cab – Cabarrus
  22. Cal – Caldwell
  23. Cam – Camden
  24. Car – Carteret
  25. Cas – Caswell
  26. Cat – Catawba
  27. Cle – Cleveland
  28. Cly – Clay
  1. Co  – Columbus
  2. Cr  – Craven
  3. Crk – Cherokee
  4. Ctm – Chatham
  5. Cum – Cumberland
  6. Cur – Currituck
  7. Cwn – Chowan
  8. Dar – Dare
  9. Do  – Dobbs
  10. Dup – Duplin
  11. Dur – Durham
  12. Dve – Davie
  13. Dvs – Davidson
  14. Ed  – Edgecombe
  15. Fo  – Forsyth
  16. Fr  – Franklin
  17. Gas – Gaston
  18. Gat – Gates
  19. Ghm – Graham
  20. Gre – Greene
  21. Gu  – Guilford
  22. Gvl – Granville
  23. Hal – Halifax
  24. Har – Harnett
  25. Hay – Haywood
  26. Hen – Henderson
  27. Her – Hertford
  1. Ho  – Hoke
  2. Hy  – Hyde
  3. Ir  – Iredell
  4. Ja  – Jackson
  5. Jon – Jones
  6. Jst – Johnston
  7. Lee – Lee
  8. Len – Lenoir
  9. Li  – Lincoln
  10. Mac – Macon
  11. Mad – Madison
  12. Mar – Martin
  13. McD – McDowell
  14. Me  – Mecklenburg
  15. Mi  – Mitchell
  16. Mon – Montgomery
  17. Moo – Moore
  18. Na  – Nash
  19. NH  – New Hanover
  20. No  – Northampton
  21. On  – Onslow
  22. Or  – Orange
  23. Pam – Pamlico
  24. Pas – Pasquotank
  25. Pen – Pender
  26. Pi  – Pitt
  27. Po  – Polk
  28. Pqm – Perquimans
  1. Psn – Person
  2. Ra  – Randolph
  3. Rck – Rockingham
  4. Ri  – Richmond
  5. Rob – Robeson
  6. Ru  – Rutherford
  7. Rwn – Rowan
  8. Sa  – Sampson
  9. Sc  – Scotland
  10. Stk – Stokes
  11. Sty – Stanly
  12. Sur – Surry
  13. Sw  – Swain
  14. Tra – Transylvania
  15. Ty  – Tyrrell
  16. Un  – Union
  17. Va  – Vance
  18. Wak – Wake
  19. War – Warren
  20. Was – Washington
  21. Wat – Watauga
  22. Way – Wayne
  23. Wlk – Wilkes
  24. Wsn – Wilson
  25. Yad – Yadkin
  26. Yan – Yancey

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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