Mississippi Map & Atlas Guide

Some Historical Mississippi Map can indicate who owned specific property in the state and which towns held the county seat at the time.  This information is a valuable starting point for your research pointing you to the right location of records.

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Solving Research Problems with a Mississippi Maps – If you have started your family research, you might have experienced trouble with trying to identify Mississippi city borders and names that have changed over the course of time. This can make it difficult to understand where your ancestors’ information is kept.

Because Mississippi historic maps were usually commissioned by the county seat, they often display information about the county, including town names. Reading a Mississippi map from the time period you are researching can help tremendously in solving these problems by leading you to the correct town records. It can also give you other leads, such as the location of city directories or old post offices in Mississippi.

Mississippi Map of Counties

Mississippi Map of Counties

Choosing the Best Mississippi Map – If you have a large source of maps to choose from, try starting with the area where your ancestors resided and looking for the maps with the most detail.  You can determine a lot by seeing if the area was still rural or more developed, and how far it was to the nearest city.  This can shed light on your family’s lifestyle and occupation. Were they farmers who lived in the country, or merchants who traveled often to a nearby city?  A map can give you an idea of what occupations were possible.

The Mississippi Department of Archives and History is home to several historical maps of Mississippi. They are filed according to year. Some date back as far as 1500, while others are more current. Some are from as late as 1984. This collection includes Sanborn fire insurance maps, as well as maps from the Mississippi State Highway Department, U.S. Geological Survey, and other government agencies.

The Mississippi Department of Transportation, Map Sales Office has created several maps of county highways. They can be purchased for a small fee. They are helpful for those who are trying to find cemeteries within Mississippi.

Mississippi Map of County Formations For The Years 1785-1918

These Mississippi maps shows the historical changes to Mississippi counties from 1785 to 1918.

Mississippi County Maps and Atlases

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Mississippi County Formation years
1785 1788 1799 1800 1802 1803 1804 1808 1809 1810 1811 1812 1813 1814 1815
1816 1817 1819 1820 1821 1822 1823 1824 1825 1826 1827 1828 1829 1830 1831
1833 1836 1838 1839 1840 1841 1842 1843 1844 1846 1848 1850 1852 1854 1859
1860 1865 1866 1869 1870 1871 1872 1873 1874 1875 1876 1877 1878 1880 1882
1884 1890 1896 1904 1906 1908 1910 1912 1914 1916 1918        
Mississippi County Census Years
1800 1810 1820 1830 1840 1850 1860 1870 1880 1890 1900 1910 1920    
Mississippi Census Year with previous Census Year overlayed:
1810 1820 1830 1840 1850 1860 1870 1880 1890 1900 1910        
Mississippi Census Year with Modern Map overlayed:
1800 1810 1820 1830 1840 1850 1860 1870 1880 1890 1900 1910      
Mississippi Map Abbreviations
unorg. = unorganized
g. = gained
w. = with
fr. = from
atmt. = attachment
exch = exchanged
nca.= non county area
ch. = changed

Ad - Adams
Al - Alcorn
Am - Amite
At - Attala
Be - Benton
Bol - Bolivar
Cal - Calhoun
Car - Carroll
Cbn - Claiborne
Chi - Chickasaw
Cho - Choctaw
Clk - Clarke
Cly - Clay
Coa - Coahoma
Cop - Copiah
Cov - Covington
DS - Desoto
Fo - Forrest
Fr - Franklin
Gda - Grenada
Ge - George
Gre - Greene
Han - Hancock
Har - Harrison
Hi - Hinds
Ho - Holmes
Hu - Humphreys
Is - Issaquena
It - Itawamba
Jac - Jackson
Jas - Jasper
JD - Jefferson Davis
Jef - Jefferson
Jo - Jones
Ke - Kemper
Laf - Lafayette
Lam - Lamar
Lau - Lauderdale
Law - Lawrence
Lea - Leake
Lee - Lee
Lef - Leflore
Lin - Lincoln
Lo - Lowndes
Mad - Madison
Mrn - Marion
Mro - Monroe
Msl - Marshall
Mty - Montgomery
Nes - Neshoba
New - Newton
No - Noxubee
Ok - Oktibbeha
Pa - Panola
Pik - Pike
Po - Pontotoc
PR - Pearl River
Pr - Prentiss
Pry - Perry
Qu - Quitman
Ra - Rankin
Sc - Scott
Sh - Sharkey
Si - Simpson
Sm - Smith
St - Stone
Sun - Sunflower
Tal - Tallahatchie
Tat - Tate
Tip - Tippah
Tis - Tishomingo
Tu - Tunica
Un - Union
Wal - Walthall
War - Warren
Was - Washington
Way - Wayne
We - Webster
Wil - Wilkinson
Win - Winston
Yal - Yalobusha
Yaz - Yazoo

Mississippi Maps & Atlases

1836 Mississippi MapThe David Rumsey Historical Mississippi Map Collection is scanned from original copies so you can see Mississippi as our ancestors saw them over a hundred years ago.

Some Mississippi map years (not all) have cities, railroads, P.O. locations, township outlines and other features useful to the Mississippi researcher.

Mississippi D.O.T. County Road and Highway Maps

Mississippi County DOT MapThe Mississippi 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.

These maps are downloadable and are in PDF format. 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

External Links for Mississippi Maps

U.S. State Map Guides