Maps of Iowa are generally an important element of ancestors and family history research, notably in case you live far from where your ancestor was living. Due to the fact Iowa political boundaries often changed, historic maps tend to be essential in assisting you uncover the exact location of your ancestor’s home, what land they owned, just who their neighbors were, and much more.
Maps of Iowa generally tend to be an excellent reference for how to get started with your own research, because they provide considerably useful information and facts instantly. Iowa Maps can be a major resource of substantial amounts of details on family history.
Iowa borders Illinois, Nebraska, Minnesota, Missour, South Dakota and Wisconsin. Iowa’s 10 largest cities are Des Moines, Cedar Rapids, Davenport, Sioux City, Waterloo, Iowa City, Council Bluffs, Ames, Dubuque and West Des Moines. Learn more about Historical Facts of Iowa Counties.
Interactive Map of Iowa County Formation History
Old Antique Atlases & Maps of Iowa
These are scanned from the original copies so you can see Iowa and Iowa counties as our ancestors saw them over a hundred years ago. Some Iowa maps years (not all) have cities, railroads, P.O. locations, township outlines and other features useful to the avid genealogist in Iowa.
- 1845 Iowa and Wisconsin Atlas Map
- 1845 A Atlas Map of the Indian Territory, northern Texas and New Mexico showing the great western prairies
- 1866 Diagram of the Public Surveys in Iowa
- 1880 County & township map of the states of Iowa and Missouri
D.O.T. County Road and Highway Maps of Iowa
The Iowa Department of Transportation is pleased to provide highly detailed county maps online. 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. Current county maps for Iowa can be ordered by sending check or money order to the Iowa Department of Transportation <www.dot.state.ia.us/sitemap.htm>.
The maps are fairly easy to read, divided by townships and sections, and show highways, railroads, cities and towns, and rivers and streams. To View the Map: Just click the Image to view the map online. In order to make the Image size as small as possible they were save on the lowest resolution.
Iowa Map Links
- Iowa Digital Map Library (usgwarchives.net)
- Iowa Maps, Atlases & Gazetteers (ancestry.com)
- Iowa Maps – The Perry-Castañeda Library Map Collection (lib.utexas.edu)
- U.S., Indexed County Land Ownership Maps, 1860-1918 (ancestry.com)
- Historical Maps of Iowa (alabamamaps.ua.edu)
- American Memory Map Collection: 1500-2004 (memory.loc.gov)
- Iowa Gazetteer and Business Directory, 1884-1885 (search.ancestry.com) This database contains the 1884-85 Iowa gazetteer and business directory. The gazetteer covers each city, town, village, and settlement in Iowa and includes a description of each place and a directory of the people engaged in business or the professions located there.
- Iowa state gazetteer (search.ancestry.com) embracing descriptive and historical sketches of counties, cities, towns and villages, which include much valuable information respecting the agriculture, manufactories, commerce, educational and religious institutions, population and history of the state : to which is added a shippers’ guide and a classified business directory of the manufacturers, merchants, professional and tradesmen of Iowa, together with their business address
- Iowa USGenWeb Archives Digital Map Library (usgwarchives.net)
- Iowa Map Books (amazon.com)