Alabama Map & Atlas Guide

Any Historical Alabama 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 Alabama Maps – If you have started your family research, you might have experienced trouble with trying to identify Alabama 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 Alabama historic maps were usually commissioned by the county seat, they often display information about the county, including town names. Reading a Alabama 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 Alabama.

Alabama Map of Counties

Alabama Map of Counties

Choosing the Best Alabama 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.

Several books of Alabama locations, place-names, boundaries, and maps exist. All of Alabama has been mapped in cooperation with the U.S. Geological Survey and the Geological Survey of Alabama . These topographic quadrangle maps show selected artificial and natural features as well as the shape and elevation of features. Features include state, county, and municipal boundary lines; townships, ranges, roads, railroads, and buildings; and mountains, valleys, streams, and rivers. The earliest survey maps for Alabama are dated from 1901. Modern maps are indexed at the USGS website.

Another important series of maps for incorporated municipalities is the Sanborn Fire Insurance maps. These maps, include 110 Alabama communities , date from 1884 to 1950. The maps indicate street names, property boundaries, building use, and, in some cases, property owners. Originals are available in the Library of Congress and in the University of Alabama Library.

Alabama Map of County Formations For The Years 1818-1980

These Alabama maps shows the historical changes to Alabama counties from 1818 to 1980. This Interactive Alabama map is made with the use AniMap Plus 3.0 & with the Permission of the Goldbug Company.

Alabama Map Abbreviations
unorg. = unorganized
g. = gained
w. = with
fr. = from
atmt. = attachment
exch = exchanged
nca.= non county area
ch. = changed
Au - Autauga Co.
Bal - Baldwin Co.
Bar - Barbour Co.
Bi - Bibb Co.
Bl - Blount Co.
Bul - Bullock Co.
But - Butler Co.
Cal - Calhoun Co.
Cha - Chambers Co.
Che - Cherokee Co.
Chi - Chilton Co.
Cho - Choctaw Co.
Cle - Cleburne Co.
Clk - Clarke Co.
Cly - Clay Co.
Cof - Coffee Co.
Col - Colbert Co.
Con - Conecuh Co.
Coo - Coosa Co.
Cov - Covington Co.
Cr - Crenshaw Co.
Cu - Cullman Co.
DK - De Kalb Co.
Dle - Dale Co.
Dls - Dallas Co.
El - Elmore Co.
Es - Escambia Co.
Et - Etowah Co.
Fa - Fayette Co.
Fr - Franklin Co.
Ge - Geneva Co.
Gr - Greene Co.
Hal - Hale Co.
He - Henry Co.
Ho - Houston Co.
Ja - Jackson Co.
Je - Jefferson Co.
Lam - Lamar Co.
Lau - Lauderdale Co.
Law - Lawrence Co.
Lee - Lee Co.
Li - Limestone Co.
Lo - Lowndes Co.
Mac - Macon Co.
Mad - Madison Co.
Mgo - Marengo Co.
Mob - Mobile Co.
Mor - Morgan Co.
Mrn - Marion Co.
Mro - Monroe Co.
Msl - Marshall Co.
Mty - Montgomery Co.
Pe - Perry Co.
Pic - Pickens Co.
Pik - Pike Co.
Ra - Randolph Co.
Ru - Russell Co.
SC - St. Clair Co.
Sh - Shelby Co.
Su - Sumter Co.
Tld - Talladega Co.
Tlp - Tallapoosa Co.
Tu - Tuscaloosa Co.
Wal - Walker Co.
Was - Washington Co.
Wil - Wilcox Co.
Win - Winston Co.

Alabama Maps & Atlases

1836 Alabama MapThe David Rumsey Historical Alabama Map Collection is scanned from original copies so you can see Alabama as our ancestors saw them over a hundred years ago. Alabama was at one time part of Georgia and the Mississippi Territory before becoming a state.

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

Alabama Map of D.O.T. County Road and Highway’s

Alabama County DOT MapThe Alabama 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. The maps are available for a nominal fee from the Alabama Highway Department, Bureau of Planning and Programming, Montgomery, AL 36130.

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

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