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 borders Arkansas, Mississippi and Texas. 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.
There are large Louisiana map collections in both university libraries and public libraries. There are also several map collections in historical and genealogical societies, as well as private collections and archives. The French Quarter is home to the Historic New Orleans Collection, which includes the d’Auberville-Bouligny Family Papers and the Bouligny Family Papers. Those collections include maps and large amounts of documentation about the Spanish and French colonial times.
There is information found in the maps that cannot be found elsewhere. For example, the Claude Perrin Victor Papers and the Pierre Clement de Laussat Papers are particularly full of useful information. Antebellum era maps can also give researchers insights into transportation methods and population growth across Louisiana. Every piece of property in the French Quarter is listed in the Vieux Carr Survey. Photographs, drawings, and property title chains are included. The Historic New Orleans Collection also includes many of those documents.
Original survey plats, field notes, and maps of Louisiana that were made by early surveyors working for the United States can be found in Baton Rouge at the State Land Office, which is in the State Land and Natural Resources Building. The clerk of courts office in each parish courthouse may also hold plat maps, which list land ownership.
Interactive Map of Louisiana Parish Formation History
Old Antique Atlases & Maps of Louisiana
See U.S. State & County Boundary Maps and Antique Atlases to view free map images of antique maps & atlases maps during the years 1732 to 1897 for the entire United States as well as other states and countries.
These are scanned from the original copies so you can see Louisiana and Louisiana counties as our ancestors saw them over a hundred years ago. Some Louisiana maps years (not all) have cities, railroads, P.O. locations, township outlines and other features useful to the avid genealogist in 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
The Louisiana Highway Department has prepared a series of parish 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.
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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)