Georgia Map & Atlas Guide

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

Georgia Map of Counties

Georgia Map of Counties

Choosing the Best Georgia 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.

One of the best ways to trace colonial ancestors is to use early Georgia maps. Maps showing militia districts and land lottery information can be purchased from the Georgia Archives. The Georgia Archives is also home to a large collection of detailed count and state maps. The collection contains over 30,000 documents. The Map Room, Georgia Department of Transportation offers modern city and county maps for a small fee.

Georgia Map of County Formations For The Years 1758-1932

These Georgia maps shows the historical changes to Georgia counties from 1758 to 1932.

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Georgia Map Abbreviations
unorg. = unorganized
g. = gained
w. = with
fr. = from
atmt. = attachment
exch = exchanged
nca.= non county area
ch. = changed

Ap - Appling
At - Atkinson
Bac - Bacon
Bak - Baker
Bal - Baldwin
Ban - Banks
Ber - Berrien
BH - Ben Hill
Bib - Bibb
Bl - Bleckley
Bra - Brantley
Bro - Brooks
Brw - Barrow
Bry - Bryan
Btw - Bartow
Bul - Bulloch
Bur - Burke
But - Butts
Cal - Calhoun
Can - Candler
Car - Carroll
Cat - Catoosa
Cbl - Campbell
Cdn - Camden
Chn - Charlton
Clb - Columbia
Cli - Clinch
Clk - Clarke
Cly - Clay
Cob - Cobb
Cof - Coffee
Coo - Cook
Cow - Coweta
Cqt - Colquitt
Cra - Crawford
Cri - Crisp
Crk - Cherokee
Cte - Chattahoochee
Ctg - Chattooga
Ctm - Chatham
Ctn - Clayton
Dad - Dade
Daw - Dawson
Dec - Decatur
Dgs - Douglas
DK - De Kalb
Dod - Dodge
Doo - Dooly
Dty - Dougherty
Ea - Early
Ec - Echols
Ef - Effingham
El - Elbert
Em - Emanuel
Ev - Evans
Fan - Fannin
Fay - Fayette
Fl - Floyd
Fo - Forsyth
Fr - Franklin
Fu - Fulton
Gi - Gilmer
Gla - Glascock
Gly - Glynn
Go - Gordon
Gra - Grady
Gre - Greene
Gw - Gwinnett
Hab - Habersham
Hal - Hall
Han - Hancock
Hea - Heard
Hen - Henry
Ho - Houston
Hrs - Harris
Hrt - Hart
Hsn - Haralson
Ir - Irwin
Jac - Jackson
Jas - Jasper
JD - Jeff Davis
Jfn - Jefferson
Jkn - Jenkins
Joh - Johnson
Jon - Jones
Lam - Lamar
Lan - Lanier
Lau - Laurens
Lee - Lee
Lib - Liberty
Lin - Lincoln
Lon - Long
Low - Lowndes

Lu - Lumpkin
Mac - Macon
Mad - Madison
Mar - Marion
McD - McDuffie
McI - McIntosh
Me - Meriwether
Mit - Mitchell
Mlr - Miller
Mor - Morgan
Mro - Monroe
Mtn - Milton
Mty - Montgomery
Mur - Murray
Mus - Muscogee
Ne - Newton
Oc - Oconee
Og - Oglethorpe
Pa - Paulding
Pe - Peach
Pic - Pickens
Pie - Pierce
Pik - Pike
Po - Polk
Pul - Pulaski
Put - Putnam
Qu - Quitman
Rab - Rabun
Ran - Randolph
Ri - Richmond
Ro - Rockdale
Scr - Screven
Se - Seminole
Sp - Spalding
Spn - Stephens
Su - Sumter
Swt - Stewart
Tat - Tattnall
Tay - Taylor
Tbt - Talbot
Tel - Telfair
Ter - Terrell
Tfo Taliaferro
Th - Thomas
Ti - Tift
Too - Toombs
Tow - Towns
Tre - Treutlen
Tro - Troup
Tu - Turner
Tw - Twiggs
Un - Union
Up - Upson
Was - Washington
Way - Wayne
Wcx - Wilcox
We - Webster
Wfd - Whitfield
Whe - Wheeler
Wkr - Walker
Wks - Wilkes
Wo - Worth
Wre - Ware
Wrn - Warren
Wsn - Wilkinson
Wte - White
Wtn - Walton

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

The Georgia Highway Department has prepared a series of 2016 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

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