Alabama Maps are an very helpful area of genealogy and family history research, especially in the event you live faraway from where your ancestor was living. Due to the fact Alabama political boundaries frequently changed, historic maps tend to be important in helping you uncover the exact location of your ancestor’s hometown, exactly what land they owned, exactly who his or her neighbors happen to be, and much more.
Alabama Maps often tend to be an excellent resource for starting out with your own research, because they provide substantially useful information and facts quickly. Maps is usually a major source of important amounts of details on family history.
Alabama’s 10 largest cities are Birmingham, Montgomery, Mobile, Huntsville, Tuscaloosa, Hoover, Dothan, Decatur, Auburn, Gadsden. Learn more about Historical Facts of Alabama Counties.
Several books of Alabama locations, place-names, boundaries, and maps exist. The most important are discussed in Robert S. Davis, Tracing Your Alabama Past (see Background Sources for Alabama). Changes in county boundaries are shown in detail on modern county maps in Peggy Tuck Sinko, Alabama: Atlas of Historical County Boundaries (New York: Simon & Schuster, Inc., 1996). Volume 1 of W. Craig Remington and Thomas J. Kallsen, Historical Atlas of Alabama (Tuscaloosa: University of Alabama, Department of Geography, 1997) locates historical sites on modern maps.
All of Alabama has been mapped in cooperation with the U.S. Geological Survey and the Geological Survey of Alabama (see page 5). These topographic quadrangle maps show selected man-made and natural features as well as the shape and elevation of features. Features include state, county, and municipal boundary lines; townships, ranges, roads, railroads, and buildings; and mountains, valleys, streams, and rivers. The earliest survey maps for Alabama are dated from 1901. Modern maps are indexed in volume 4 of Omni Gazetteer of the United States of America (Detroit: Omnigraphics, 1991) and at the USGS website.
The Alabama Highway Department has prepared a series of 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 maps are available for a nominal fee from the Alabama Highway Department, Bureau of Planning and Programming, Montgomery, AL 36130.
Another important series of maps for incorporated municipalities is the Sanborn Fire Insurance maps (see page 5). These maps, dating from 1884 to 1950, include 110 Alabama communities. The maps indicate street names, property boundaries, building use, and, in some cases, property owners. Originals are available in the Library of Congress and in the University of Alabama Library. They were microfilmed (twelve reels) in 1982 by Chadwyck-Healy of Alexandria, Virginia.
Sara Elizabeth Mason’s bibliography, A List of Nineteenth Century Maps of the State of Alabama (Birmingham: Birmingham Public Library, 1973) is very helpful in identifying and locating early Alabama maps. The list includes the holdings of the library of the Alabama Department of Archives and History, Auburn University in Auburn, the University of Alabama, Samford University, Mobile Public Library, and Birmingham Public Library (see Alabama Archives, Libraries, and Societies). Descriptive annotations as well as detailed physical descriptions add to the usefulness of the list.
The Rucker Agee Map Collection, a privately acquired donation at the Birmingham Public Library, is an incomparable collection of maps documenting the cartographic history of the southeast and in particular Alabama.
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Interactive Map of Alabama Counties Formation
Old Antique Atlases & Maps of Alabama
- 1795 Georgia – Georgia, from the latest Authorities. W. Barker, sculp. – Alabama was part of Georgia
- 1804 United States Atlas – Relief shown by hachures. Shows states, settlements, Indian tribes, rivers, etc. Prime meridians: London and Philadelphia.
- 1804 Mississippi Territory Atlas – Alabama was part of the Mississippi Territory
- 1814 Atlas Map of Mississippi Territory – Area in outline color
- 1822 Geographical, Historical, And Statistical Map Of Alabama
- 1827 Atlas Map of Alabama, Mississippi, and Louisiana – Constructed from the Latest Authorities – Relief shown by hachures. Prime meridian Washington. Statistical table for each state. Marshlands along Gulf of Mexico well .
- 1836 Atlas Map Of Alabama With Its Roads & Distances from place to place, along the Stage & Steam Boat Routes
- 1845 Atlas Map of Alabama – Col. wax engraved map. Relief shown by hachures. Prime meridians: Greenwich and Washington.
- 1856 Atlas Map of Alabama
- 1866 State of Alabama Map – It is noted that the whole central region in underlaid with iron ore. Also found are coal and lead ore.
- 1880 County map of the states of Georgia and Alabama (with) Savannah, Georgia. (with) City of Atlanta, the capitol of Georgia. Shows settlements, railroads, rivers, etc. Prime meridians: Greenwich and Washington.
D.O.T. County Road and Highway Maps of Alabama
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Alabama Map Links
- Alabama Digital Map Library (usgwarchives.net)
- Alabama Civil War Maps
- Rucker Agee Map Collection (mcwetboy.net),
- Omni Gazetteer of the United States of America: National Edition (amazon.com)
- Tracing Your Alabama Past by Robert S. Davis (amazon.com)
- Alabama: Atlas of Historical County Boundaries (Atlas of Historical County Boundaries)
- Alabama Map Books
- Volume 1 of Historical Atlas of Alabama (amazon.com)
- Live Gulf Shores: Maps (al.com)
- Alabama Maps – The Perry-Castañeda Library Map Collection (lib.utexas.edu)
- Alabama Maps (alabamamaps.ua.edu)
- Lake Martin Maps (lakemartin.com) Interactive maps of Lake Martin, including Tallapoosa Creek, Kowaliga Bay, and Big Kowaliga Creek. Map links include aerial photos, marina locations, parks, and notable landmarks.
- Alabama State Maps Collection (geology.com)
- Alabama Maps (alabamamaps.ua.edu)
- American Memory Map Collection: 1500-2004 (memory.loc.gov)
- Alabama Dept. of Transportation maps (dot.state.al.us)
- Alabama Genealogy: Maps (alabamagenealogy.org)
- Alabama Maps (cber.cba.ua.edu)
- AL County Maps (http://www.censusfinder.com/mapal.htm)
- The History of the Black Belt (southernspaces.org)
- Panoramic Maps, 1847-1929 (memory.loc.gov)
- A list of nineteenth century maps of the State of Alabama (amazon.com)
- U.S., Indexed County Land Ownership Maps, 1860-1918 (ancestry.com)