Online Map Collections

Online Map Collections

Locate the places your ancestors lived in the old maps found at these four free websites.

The 38,000-plus maps and other cartographic images here focus on rare 18th- and 19th-century North American and South American materials. Historic maps of the World, Europe, Asia and Africa also are represented. View maps, compare them side-by-side and download hi-resolution files. 

This University of Georgia site features maps depicting the New World, Colonial and Revolutionary America, Revolutionary Georgia, Union & Expansion, the American Civil War, Frontier to New South, Savannah and the Coast and Transportation. Maps have been scanned in at a large scale, so you may need to adjust their size in an image-editing program before printing.

Library of Congress Map Collection

You’ll find historical maps galore on this site. The LOC has divvied up its digital map collection into seven categories: Cities and Towns, Cultural Landscapes, Military Battles and Campaigns, Conservation and the Environment, Discovery and Exploration, Transportation and Communication and General Maps. Almost all the maps can be downloaded.

Perry-Castañeda Library Map Collection

The collection includes both historical and present-day maps of the Americas and the world. Click on US to go to a page of links for each state. Among the historical map groups are Early Inhabitants, Exploration and Settlement, US Territorial Growth, Military History Maps and Later Historical Maps.

 
If you’d like to take your map research offline, Family Tree Books has a line of historical map books that collect the most useful maps from different areas and eras throughout history. Each book contains several maps of your ancestors’ hometowns and homelands, organized by time and indexed so you can find the online versions yourself:
 

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