Arkansas Map & Atlas Guide

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

Arkansas Map of Counties

Arkansas Map of Counties

Choosing the Best Arkansas 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 Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department has old Arkansas map reproductions, as well as copies of county maps available. The University of Arkansas at Fayetteville also maintains a large collection of maps and atlases.

Arkansas Map of County Formations For The Years 1837-1925

These Arkansas maps shows the historical changes to Arkansas counties from 1837 to 1925.

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Arkansas County Formation years
1813 1815 1817 1818 1819 1820 1823 1824 1825 1827 1828 1829 1833 1835 1836
1837 1838 1840 1842 1844 1845 1846 1848 1850 1851 1852 1859 1862 1867 1868
1869 1871 1873 1874 1883 1885 1895 1905 1915 1925          
Arkansas Census Year with Modern Map overlayed:
1820 1830 1840 1850 1860 1870 1880 1890 1900 1910 1920 1930
Arkansas Map Abbreviations
unorg. = unorganized
g. = gained
w. = with
fr. = from
atmt. = attachment
exch = exchanged
nca.= non county area
ch. = changed
Ar - Arkansas
As - Ashley
Ba - Baxter
Be - Benton
Bo - Boone
Br - Bradley
Cal - Calhoun
Car - Carroll
Cbn - Cleburne
Cfd - Crawford
Ch  - Chicot
Chd - Craighead
Clk - Clark
Cly - Clay
Cnd - Cleveland
Col - Columbia
Con - Conway
Crs - Cross
Ctn - Crittenden
Da  - Dallas
De  - Desha
Dr  - Drew
Fa  - Faulkner
Fr  - Franklin
Fu  - Fulton
Ga  - Garland
Gnt - Grant
Grn - Greene
He  - Hempstead
HS  - Hot Spring
Hwd - Howard
In  - Independence
Iz  - Izard
Ja  - Jackson
Je  - Jefferson
Jo  - Johnson
Laf - Lafayette
Law - Lawrence
Lee - Lee
Lin - Lincoln
Log - Logan
Lon - Lonoke
LR  - Little River
Mad - Madison
Mar - Marion
Mil - Miller
Mis - Mississippi
Mro - Monroe
Mty - Montgomery
Nev - Nevada
New - Newton
Ou  - Ouachita
Pe  - Perry
Ph  - Phillips
Pi  - Pike
Poi - Poinsett
Pol - Polk
Pop - Pope
Pr  - Prairie
Pu  - Pulaski
Ra  - Randolph
Sal - Saline
Sc  - Scott
Sea - Searcy
Seb - Sebastian
Sev - Sevier
SF  - St. Francis
Sh  - Sharp
St  - Stone
Un  - Union
VB  - Van Buren
Wa  - Washington
Wh  - White
Wo  - Woodruff
Ye  - Yell

Arkansas Maps & Atlases

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

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

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

Arkansas County DOT MapThe Arkansas 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.

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 Arkansas Maps

U.S. State Map Guides