Maps of Virginia are an crucial piece of family history research, particularly in case you live faraway from where your ancestor lived. Because Virginia political boundaries sometimes changed, historic maps are important in helping you discover the exact specific location of your ancestor’s home, what land they owned, just who their neighbors ended up being, and much more.
Maps of Virginia typically are likely to be an excellent resource for getting started with your own research, because they give significantly important information and facts quickly. Virginia Maps can be a major resource of considerable amounts of information and facts on family history.
Virginia borders Kentucky, Maryland, North Carolina, Tennessee, West Virginia and Washington, District of Columbia. Virginia’s 10 largest cities are Virginia Beach, Norfolk, Chesapeake, Richmond, Newport News, Alexandria , Hampton, Roanoke , Portsmouth and Suffolk.
In the 1500s the first Virginia maps, were made. More and more maps, gazetteers, and atlases have been created over the years since then. The Library of Virginia collection consists of in excess of 40,000 maps and is also managed online and also also links to the Map Collection Index. See also Using the Map Collection in the Archives of The Library of Virginia. The number of easily available maps of Virginia is rather lengthy. Maps displaying watercourses are essential for tracking down land grants and property referred to in deeds. Pinpointing no longer used place-names furthermore troubles researchers.
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Interactive Map of Virginia County Formation History
NOTE: A key boundary change occurred between Nansemond & Southampton counties in 1785-86. Prior, the boundary continued in a straight line to the NC border. After citizens on the west side of the Blackwater River petitioned, the boundary was changed to make the river be the boundary from old South Quay, south to the NC line. The interactive map does not include this information. Pre-1786 records for that section survive in Southampton Co.
Old Antique Atlases & Maps of Virginia
These are scanned from the original copies so you can see Virginia and Virginia counties as our ancestors saw them over a hundred years ago. Some Virginia maps years (not all) have cities, railroads, P.O. locations, township outlines and other features useful to the avid genealogist in Virginia.
- 1795 Map of Virginia
- 1804 Atlas Map of Virginia
- 1814 Atlas Map of Virginia
- 1822 Geographical, Historical, And Statistical Map Of District of Columbia
- 1822 Geographical, Historical, And Statistical Map Of Virginia
- 1827 Map of Virginia and Maryland (inset) Plan of Washington City & Georgetown
- 1836 A New Atlas Map Of Virginia With Its Canals, Roads & Distances from place to place, along the Stage & Steam Boat Routes
- 1845 Atlas Map of Virginia
- 1856 Atlas Map of Virginia with two inset maps: Richmond Henrico County, Manchester and Springhill Chesterfield Co.; Norfolk, Portsmouth And Gosport
- 1880 County Map of Virginia and West Virginia
Virginia Map Links
- Virginia Digital Map Library (usgwarchives.net)
- Virginia Civil War Maps – Maps, charts, and atlases depicting battles, troop positions and movements, engagements, and fortifications in Virginia during the Civil War, 1861-1865.
- Virginia Maps, Atlases & Gazetteers (ancestry.com)
- Virginia Maps – The Perry-Castañeda Library Map Collection (lib.utexas.edu)
- U.S., Indexed County Land Ownership Maps, 1860-1918 (ancestry.com)
- Historical Maps of Virginia (alabamamaps.ua.edu)
- American Memory Map Collection: 1500-2004 (memory.loc.gov)
- Atlas of County Boundary Changes in Virginia, 1634-1895 (amazon.com)
- Maps Relating to Virginia in the Virginia State Library and other Departments of the Commonwealth (amazon.com)
- Index of Kentucky & Virginia maps, 1562 to 1900 (amazon.com)
- Map collection of The Library of Virginia (lva.virginia.gov)
- Virginia in Maps: Four Centuries of Settlement, Growth, and Development
- A Description of the Country: Virginia’s Cartographers and Their Maps, 1607–1881 (1975; Eugene Michael Sanchez-Saavedra)
- Index of Kentucky & Virginia maps, 1562 to 1900
- Maps Relating to Virginia: In the Virginia State Library and Other Departments of the Commonwealth, with the 17th and 18th Century Atlas-maps in the Library of Congress
- Atlas of County Boundary Changes in Virginia, 1634-1895 (1987; Michael F. Doran)
- A Historical Atlas of Colonial Virginia (1978; John S. Hale)
- Virginia Atlas & Gazetteer (Virginia Atlas & Gazeteer) (DeLorme Mapping Co., 2000)
- A Map of Virginia and Maryland (1676. Reprint. Ithaca, N.Y.: Historic Urban Plans, n.d.)
- Carte de la Virginie et Maryland (1755. Reprint. Fry, Josue, and Pierre Jefferson)
- John Smith’s Map of Virginia with a Brief Account of Its History. (1981; McCrary, Ben C.)
- The John Henry County Map of Virginia, 1770 (1977; Wright, Louis B.)
- Virginia Post Offices, 1798– 1859 (Virginia Magazine of History and Biography 81 (1973): 49–97)
- Virginia place names: Derivations, historical uses (1969, by Hanson, Raus McDill.)
- A List of Places Included in 19th Century Virginia Directories (1960. by Hummel, Ray O., Jr., ed).
- A new and comprehensive gazetteer of Virginia, and the District of Columbia (1835 by Martin, Joseph)
- Virginia Map Books (amazon.com)