Maps of Louisiana are an very helpful area of ancestors and family history research, particularly in case you live far from where your ancestor was living. Because Louisiana political boundaries sometimes changed, historic maps are generally critical in assisting you uncover the precise location of your ancestor’s hometown, what land they owned, who their neighbors were, and a lot more.
Maps of Louisiana generally are likely to be an outstanding reference for how to get started with your research, since they give substantially beneficial information and facts quickly. Louisiana Maps can be a major source of important amounts of details on family history.
Louisiana’s 10 largest cities are New Orleans, Baton Rouge, Shreveport, Metairie, Lafayette, Lake Charles, Kenner, Bossier City, Monroe and Alexandria. Learn more about Historical Facts of Louisiana Parishes.
Most of the larger libraries (public and university) have excellent map collections. Superb maps can be found in the many historic and archive collections throughout the state; for example, the Historic New Orleans Collection in that city’s French quarter includes the Bouligny Family Papers and the d’Auberville-Bouligny Family Papers, which document life during both the French and Spanish colonial regimes in Louisiana and have an extensive cartographic collection numbering more than 400 items.
Maps created during Louisiana’s changing regimes, by Spanish, French, and American sovereignty give information beyond that obtained from documents and books: the Pierre Clement de Laussat Papers and the Claude Perrin Victor Papers are good examples. Maps of the antebellum era reveal the settlement of population and the growth of transportation systems throughout the state. The Vieux Carré Survey describes each property in the French Quarter of New Orleans, including drawings, photographs, and a chain of title to property. These also are a part of the Historic New Orleans Collection, one of many repositories in Louisiana.
The State Land Office located in the State Land and Natural Resources Building in Baton Rouge has all of the original and official field notes, survey plats, and maps made by early U.S. surveyors in Louisiana. Plat maps (showing ownership) can also be found in each parish, in the clerk of courts office located in the parish courthouse.
Interactive Map of Louisiana Parish Formation History
Old Antique Atlases & Maps of Louisiana
- 1776 Coast Of West Florida and Louisiana…with the Bahama Islands
- 1804 Louisiana Map
- 1814 Map of Louisiana
- 1822 Geographical, Historical, And Statistical Map Of Louisiana
- 1827 Map of Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama
- 1836 A New Atlas Map Of Louisiana With Its Canals, Roads & Distances from place to place, along the Stage & Steam Boat Routes (with) New Orleans
- 1845 Louisiana Map
- 1856 Louisiana Map
- 1856 City Of Louisville Kentucky. (with) The City Of New Orleans Louisiana Atlas Map
- 1866 Map of Louisiana
- 1880 County map of the states of Arkansas, Mississippi and Louisiana
- 1880 Plan of New Orleans
D.O.T. Parish Road and Highway Maps of Louisiana
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Louisiana Map Links
- Louisiana Digital Map Library (usgwarchives.net)
- Lemmon, Alfred E. Charting Louisiana: Five Hundred Years of Maps. New Orleans: Historic New Orleans Collection, 2003.
- Louisiana Maps, Atlases & Gazetteers (ancestry.com)
- Louisiana Maps – The Perry-Castañeda Library Map Collection (lib.utexas.edu)
- Louisiana State Museum Map Database (crt.state.la.us)
- U.S., Indexed County Land Ownership Maps, 1860-1918 (ancestry.com)
- Historical Maps of Louisiana (alabamamaps.ua.edu)
- American Memory Map Collection: 1500-2004 (memory.loc.gov)
- Louisiana State Museum Map Database (lsm.crt.state.la.us)
- Louisiana Map Books (amazon.com)