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Maps of Tennessee

Discover the past of Tennessee through State maps in our online collection of old historical maps that span over 200 years of growth. View Tennessee Maps such such as historical county boundaries changes, old vintage maps, as well as road / highway maps for all 95 counties in Tennessee.

Maps of Tennessee

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Maps can be very useful in conducting Tennessee 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 Tennessee were published in atlases.

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.

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 Tennessee 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

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 Map Formation by Year

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
  27. Da  – Davidson
  28. Dec – Decatur
  29. Di  – Dickson
  30. DK  – Dekalb
  31. Dy  – Dyer
  32. Fa  – Fayette
  33. Fe  – Fentress
  34. Fr  – Franklin
  1. Gib – Gibson
  2. Gil – Giles
  3. Gra – Grainger
  4. Gre – Greene
  5. Gru – Grundy
  6. Han – Hancock
  7. Haw – Hawkins
  8. Hay – Haywood
  9. Hbn – Hamblen
  10. Hdm – Hardeman
  11. Hi  – Hickman
  12. Ho  – Houston
  13. Hrn – Hardin
  14. Hry – Henry
  15. Hsn – Henderson
  16. Htn – Hamilton
  17. Hu  – Humphreys
  18. Jac – Jackson
  19. Je  – Jefferson
  20. Jo  – Johnson
  21. Jon – Jones
  22. Kn  – Knox
  23. Lak – Lake
  24. Lau – Lauderdale
  25. Law – Lawrence
  26. Le  – Lewis
  27. Li  – Lincoln
  28. Lo  – Loudon
  29. Mac – Macon
  30. Mad – Madison
  31. Mau – Maury
  32. McM – McMinn
  33. McN – McNairy
  1. Me  – Meigs
  2. Moo – Moore
  3. Mor – Morgan
  4. Mrn – Marion
  5. Mro – Monroe
  6. Msl – Marshall
  7. Mty – Montgomery
  8. Ob  – Obion
  9. Ov  – Overton
  10. Pe  – Perry
  11. Pi  – Pickett
  12. Po  – Polk
  13. Pu  – Putnam
  14. Rh  – Rhea
  15. Roa – Roane
  16. Rob – Robertson
  17. Ru  – Rutherford
  18. Sc  – Scott
  19. Seq – Sequatchie
  20. Sev – Sevier
  21. Sh  – Shelby
  22. Sm  – Smith
  23. St  – Stewart
  24. Sul – Sullivan
  25. Sum – Sumner
  26. Ti  – Tipton
  27. Tr  – Trousdale
  28. Uci – Unicoi
  29. Unn – Union
  30. VB  – Van Buren
  31. War – Warren
  32. Was – Washington
  33. Way – Wayne
  34. We  – Weakley
  35. Wh  – White
  36. Wls – Wilson
  37. 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.

The 95 Tennessee county maps are now available in Adobe PDF format. They were generated from digital county map files in Microstation DGN format. Every effort was made to precisely duplicate the digital county map files. TDOT, however, realizes that some errors or omissions may have occurred during the conversion process. These maps are placed on this web site strictly for the private use of the general public. Therefore, you as private citizens, should view or download these county maps with the following disclaimer in mind.

Although the data has been processed successfully on a computer system at the Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT), no warranty, expressed or implied, is made by TDOT regarding the accuracy and/or use of the data on any other system, nor shall the act of distribution constitute any such warranty. Valid dates of inventory collection and revisions are found on each map in the “Map Record” box.

Tennessee City Map of Road and Highway’s

The Tennessee D.O.T. Highway Department has prepared a series of 2016 city 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.

The Tennessee city maps are now available in Adobe PDF format. They were generated from digital city map files in Microstation DGN format. Every effort was made to precisely duplicate the digital city map files. TDOT, however, realizes that some errors or omissions may have occurred during the conversion process.

These maps are placed on this web site strictly for the private use of the general public. Therefore, you as private citizens, should view or download these city maps and keep in mind that although the data has been processed successfully on a computer system at the Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT), no warranty, expressed or implied, is made by TDOT regarding the accuracy and/or use of the data on any other system, nor shall the act of distribution constitute any such warranty. Valid dates of inventory collection and revisions are found on each map in the “Map Record” box.

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