Old Historical State, County and City Maps of Vermont

Maps of Vermont

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

There are many excellent old maps of Vermont that can help with genealogical research. These maps can be used to retrace the residences and various steps taken by any ancestors who lived in Vermont. In fact, that process is fairly easy because of the relatively low population of the state.

Vermont county boundaries in 1827
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Vermont county boundaries in 1827

The Vermont Atlas and Gazetteer is an excellent choice for both travel and research. Its maps list road surfaces, cemeteries, transportation routes, town divisions and even building locations (in older editions).

The Vermont Road Atlas and Guide can also be a great Vermont map and information resource.

Another excellent map resource is the Beers Atlas. It lists owners and structures in each county in the late 1800s. Tuttle Publishing has reissued the county editions in their original forms. Also, several Windsor maps are still available in printed form.

However, the Vermont Historical Society and other research libraries in the state hold the entire Beers Atlas series on file.

Town lotting maps are full of valuable genealogical data. Each town’s land was split into numbered lots during the granting process. Families can be found and relationships to the community and to close neighbors can be determined using the lot numbers or the names of the original proprietors, which are listed in multiple land descriptions and records.

The Vermont Public Records Division, the Vermont Historical Society, various town offices, and other agencies across the state have lot maps available for researchers to look at.

Map of Vermont County Boundaries and County Seats
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Map of Vermont County Boundaries and County Seats

The Vermont Republic existed from 1777 to 1791. The State of Vermont was created as a the 14th state on March 4, 1791. Vermont has 14 Counties.

States bordering Vermont are VirginiaMassachusettsNew HampshireNew York and Canada. The 10 largest cities in Vermont are  BurlingtonEssexSouth BurlingtonColchesterRutlandBenningtonBrattleboro MiltonHartfordSpringfieldBarreWilliston and Middlebury.

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

Tracing the history of early families in Vermont is much easier if the researcher has an understanding of Vermont maps and  gazetteers.

Vermont County Map Formations 1764-1895

This Interactive Map of Vermont Counties show the historical boundaries, names, organization, and attachments of every county, extinct county and unsuccessful county proposal from 1764 to 1895.

Vermont contains 14 counties.

Vermont County Map Formation by Year

Vermont County 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

  1. Ad  – Addison
  2. Ben – Bennington
  3. Cal – Caledonia
  4. Chi – Chittenden
  5. Es  – Essex
  6. Fr  – Franklin
  7. GI  – Grand Isle

  1. La  – Lamoille
  2. Ora – Orange
  3. Orl – Orleans
  4. Ru  – Rutland
  5. Wa  – Washington
  6. Wdm – Windham
  7. Wdr – Windsor

Old Historical Atlas Maps of Vermont

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

External Vermont Map Links

Vermont County Map of Road and Highway’s

The Vermont D.O.T. Highway Department does not have Vermont County Map available at this time.There are also Current Vermont Town Highway Maps available.

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