Maps of Michigan

County Map of Michigan

Map of Michigan county boundaries and county seats

Maps of Michigan are an invaluable element of genealogy and family tree research, especially in the event you live faraway from where your ancestor was living. Because Michigan political borders sometimes changed, historic maps are generally important in helping you find out the precise location of your ancestor’s home, just what land they owned, just who their neighbors ended up being, and a lot more.

Maps of Michigan generally tend to be an excellent source for getting started with your research, given that they provide considerably useful information and facts immediately. Michigan Maps can be a major resource of significant amounts of information on family history.

States bordering Michigan are Wisconsin in the west, Ohio and Indiana in the south, Minnesota across Lake Superior. The largest cities (2010) are Detroit, Grand Rapids, Warren, Sterling Heights, Lansing, Ann Arbor, Flint, Dearborn, Livonia and Clinton Township. Learn more about Historical Facts of Michigan Counties.

The first map from Michigan that listed landownership was the John Farmer 1855 Wayne County plat map.  However, many more land ownership maps were published in 1876 for Michigan’s centennial. The Burton Historical Collection and the Library of Michigan each have large Michigan map collections on hand.  A 14-volume set called “Checklist of Printed Maps of the Middle West to 1900” (Chicago: The Newberry Library, n.d.) is an excellent resource for information on plat books and maps in Michigan, as well as 10 other states.  The 1868 Lansing Sanborn map is the earliest Michigan Sanborn map.

Interactive Map of Michigan County Formation History

(Michigan maps made with the use AniMap Plus 3.0 & with the Permission of the Goldbug Company)

Old Antique Atlases & Maps of Michigan

These are scanned from the original copies so you can see Michigan and Michigan counties as our ancestors saw them over a hundred years ago. Some Michigan maps years (not all) have cities railroads P.O. locations township outlines and other features useful to the avid genealogist in Michigan.

Disclaimer: All Michigan maps are free to use for your own genealogical purposes and may not be reproduced for resale or distribution.Source: David Rumsey Historical Map Collection

D.O.T. County Road and Highway Maps of Michigan

The Michigan 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.

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.

These maps are downloadable and are in PDF format (Images are between 500k and 1.5 meg so loading may be slow if using a dial-up connection). The main use of these are the locations of all known cemeteries in a county and of course the various roads and church locations. These Maps are Free to Download

Michigan Map Links