Old Historical State, County and City Maps of Wisconsin

Maps of Wisconsin

Most historical maps of Wisconsin 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.

In 1876, 1878, and 1881, Wisconsin state atlas maps were published. They contain several county maps, which list road systems, as well as schools, offices, churches, and other valuable historical and genealogical information.

Copies of county plat books from about 1870 to 1900 can be found on microfilm at the Wisconsin Historical Society. Some county plat maps can be photocopied, although microfilms of them are not available.

Map of Wisconsin state with the counties and the county seats
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Map of Wisconsin state with the counties and the county seats

The University of Wisconsin’s Arthur Robinson Map Library, Science Hall has aerial photographs of Wisconsin in its collection. The Stoughton quadrangle was the subject of an 1889 topographical map, which was the first Wisconsin topographical map printed. There are more than 200 maps of Wisconsin created from 1867 to the close of World War I.

The Wisconsin Historical Society can point researchers to where they are held. They show excellent details about villages and towns in Wisconsin at the times when they were created.

The American Geographical and Statistical Society’s map collection can be found in Milwaukee. It is part of the University of Wisconsin’s Golda Meir Library’s collection.

The collection includes thousands of gazetteers, maps, photographs and bound books covering locations all over the world, including Wisconsin.

There is also a catalog there that lists books containing maps.

Researchers can inquire about certain records by phone or by mail. In most cases, photocopies are available. Inter-library loan programs can also be used to access some records.

The Wisconsin Historical Society’s earliest Wisconsin Sanborn map on file is from the year of 1883. However, an earlier one was created in 1879 for LaCrosse and still exists today.

The Wisconsin Department of Transportation provides detailed county maps. These maps contain more detailed information about roads and boundaries, rural communities, churches, and cemeteries.

Wisconsin Territory was created by an act of the United States Congress on April 20, 1836. The new territory initially included all of the present day states of Wisconsin, Minnesota, and Iowa , as well as parts of North Dakota and South Dakota. The State of Wisconsin was created as the 30th state on May 29, 1848.

States bordering Wisconsin are MinnesotaMichiganIowa and Illinois. The 10 largest cities in Wisconsin are Milwaukee, Madison; Green Bay, Kenosha, Racine, Appleton, Waukesha, Oshkosh, Eau Claire and Janesville.

Map of Wisconsin County Formations 1790-1961

This Interactive Wisconsin County Maps show the historical boundaries, names, organization, and attachments of every county, extinct county and unsuccessful county proposal from 1790 to 1961. Wisconsin contains 72 counties

Wisconsin 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
  9. Ad – Adams
  10. As – Ashland
  11. Bar – Barron
  12. Bay – Bayfield
  13. Br – Brown
  14. Buf – Buffalo
  15. Bur – Burnett
  16. Ca – Calumet
  17. Ch – Chippewa
  18. Clk – Clark
  19. Col – Columbia
  20. Cr – Crawford
  21. Dan – Dane
  22. Dod – Dodge
  23. Doo – Door
  24. Dou – Douglas
  25. Dun – Dunn
  26. EC – Eau Claire
  27. FdL – Fond du Lac
  1. Fl – Florence
  2. For – Forest
  3. GL – Green Lake
  4. Gra – Grant
  5. Grn – Green
  6. Io – Iowa
  7. Ir – Iron
  8. Ja – Jackson
  9. Je – Jefferson
  10. Ju – Juneau
  11. Ken – Kenosha
  12. Kew – Kewaunee
  13. Laf – Lafayette
  14. Lan – Langlade
  15. LC – La Crosse
  16. Lcn – Lincoln
  17. Man – Manitowoc
  18. Me – Menominee
  19. Mi – Milwaukee
  20. Mnt – Marinette
  21. Mo – Monroe
  22. Mqt – Marquette
  23. Mtn – Marathon
  24. Oc – Oconto
  25. On – Oneida
  26. Ou – Outagamie
  27. Oz – Ozaukee
  1. Pe – Pepin
  2. Pi – Pierce
  3. Pol – Polk
  4. Por – Portage
  5. Pr – Price
  6. Ra – Racine
  7. Ri – Richland
  8. Ro – Rock
  9. Ru – Rusk
  10. Sau – Sauk
  11. Saw – Sawyer
  12. SCx – St. Croix
  13. Sha – Shawano
  14. She – Sheboygan
  15. Ta – Taylor
  16. Tr – Trempeleau
  17. Ve – Vernon
  18. Vi – Vilas
  19. Wal – Walworth
  20. Wbn – Washburn
  21. Wi – Winnebago
  22. Wks – Waukesha
  23. Wo – Wood
  24. Wpc – Waupaca
  25. Wsr – Waushara
  26. Wtn – Washington

Old Historical Atlas Maps of Wisconsin

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

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

External Wisconsin Map Links

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Wisconsin County Map of Road and Highway’s

The Wisconsin D.O.T. Highway Department has prepared a series of 2015 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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